July 10th, 2017 by ShamrockOneFive
1CGS, the developers behind the next generation IL-2 series including Battle of Stalingrad and Battle of Moscow are hard at work on the next installment of the series due to be finished by the end of 2017. Last week the developers made the Spitfire flyable and it’s great!
The Spitfire and the Kuban battles
IL-2: Battle of Kuban covers the intense aerial battles of the Kuban region during 1943. The twist over other eastern battlefields is that the Kuban battle was fought using significant numbers of lend lease aircraft from Britain and the United States. Included in the aircraft set is the P-39L-1, A-20B and the legendary Spitfire Vb.
Over 150 Spitfire Mark Vb fighters with both the Merlin 45 and Merlin 46 engine were used by Russian squadrons on the frontlines of the Kuban battle.
The Spitfire Vb comes with both engine options in IL-2 and a standard loadout for Spitfires with B-Type armament – two Hispano Mark II 20mm cannons with 60 rounds per gun and four Browning .303 machine guns with 350 rounds per gun.
There aren’t many other options (a rear-view mirror can be fitted) but the Spitfire makes up for a lack of options by being generally an excellent fighter and bomber interceptor.
The Spitfire is overall an outstanding performer that is relatively easy to fly with good acceleration, climb and speed. It can also handily out turn nearly every fighter currently available in IL-2! The Spitfire provides an excellent rival option for the Bf109s and FW190s alongside its Russian counterparts like the Yak-1 and La-5.
What else is new?
The IL-2 series has been rapidly evolving. Full VR support for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, AI and graphics performance upgrades, new sharpening filters, updated SLI/Crossfire capabilities, the new DX11 graphics engine (introduced late last year), better tree rendering and rendering distance, and impending shadow updates are all part of the progress of the base engine of the series.
Co-op and a revamped campaign system are still due later this year along with the Kuban map in spring, summer and autumn variations.
Six aircraft for the Kuban battle have already been released including the excellent IL-2 Model 1943 with PTAB anti-tank cluster bombs and a standard rear gunner.
At the moment, the following Battle of Kuban aircraft are already implemented and flyable:
- IL-2 Model 1943
- Spitfire Vb
Some aircraft are still to come later this year:
Multiplayer servers updated
Our Battle-Field UK multiplayer servers for IL-2 have been updated with the latest patch and our mission makers are currently adding the Spitfire into key scenarios. Join us online and take the Spitfire out for a few missions – get in close with those Bf109s and show them how well the new Spitfire turns!