November 19th, 2017 by ShamrockOneFive
The second gen IL-2 series is quickly becoming the IL-2: Battle of Everything title by growing the series beyond its Eastern Front roots by expanding the series to tackle multiple fronts and types of combat across two different wars. Introducing IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte, Flying Circus, and Tank Crew!
Introducing Operation..ahem, Battle of Bodenplatte
1CGS and 777 Studios are working hard on finishing IL-2: Battle of Kuban with final release expected sometime around the end of December. Once that is out of the way, the series is going headlong into the Western Front with IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte.
Operation Bodenplatte (or Baseplate) was a last-ditch effort by the Luftwaffe to rally its forces and cripple Allied aircraft still on the ground. Taking place in the early morning of January 1, 1945, mass numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft made their way to pre-determined targets hoping to catch the Allied flyers on the ground. The developers are calling this a battle to keep with the established theme of the series.
The result was one of the largest, most intense dogfights seen on the Western front and it ultimately was the last hurrah for the Luftwaffe. The developers are keen to offer both winter and summer versions of the map which likely means we’ll see more than just January 1 featured in the Career mode for this title.
It opens us up to great list of aircraft:
- Bf 109 G-14
- Bf 109 K-4
- Fw 190 A-8
- Me 262
- Spitfire Mk.IX
- Tempest Mk.V
Two Collector Planes will also come with the pre-order/Premium edition:
- Fw 190 D-9 (Collector)
- P-38L (Collector)
The series will also see the introduction of an AI-only B-25 Mitchell II. Flying with RAF squadrons during the battle, the Mitchell should be well known for any World War II plane enthusiast and its a sure bet that the developers will one day make it a flyable too. If time allows anyways!
Flying the canvas and wood aircraft of The Great War
1CGS is also planning to reintroduce their excellent work on The Great War themed Rise of Flight by offering Flying Circus: Volume 1. This title rehabilitates old aircraft models from Rise of Flight and introduces them into the IL-2 series with their themed module.
Flying Circus will share all of the core technology enhancements added to the IL-2 series including DX11, 64bit support and most importantly, VR support.
This is the tentative list of aircraft:
- SPAD 13 C.1
- Sopwith Dolphin
- Sopwith Camel
- RAF S.E.5a
- Bristol Fighter
- Albatros D.Va
- Fokker Dr.1
- Fokker DVII
- Pfalz D.IIIa
- Halberstadt CL.II
These are some of the most popular Rise of Flight aircraft and they will be available for flight above a World War I themed France map.
Fighting on the ground
Tank Crew takes the player from the skies and puts them into some intense ground warfare. There are already two tanks available in the IL-2 series that were used to test the concept. Now it’s getting a fully thought out title of its own with further enhanced ground vehicles including all of the major tanks of World War II.
Tank Crew centres itself around the Eastern Front 1943 Kursk tank battle. A map specifically centered around the fighting near Belgorod and Prokhorovka will feature a specially designed 100x100km map setup for tank battles. No word on if fliers can take to the skies above though it is quite possible.
And here’s the list of drivable tanks (tentative we’re told):
- T-34-76 STZ
- ZIS-5 + 72K
- PzKpfw III Ausf.L
- PzKpfw IV Ausf.G
- PzKpfw V Ausf.D
- PzKpfw VI Ausf.H1
- Kfz. 184
- Kfz. 10 + Flak38
You’ll note the list includes two mobile flak platforms further increasing the likelihood that we’ll be dealing with aircraft – hopefully player flown ones! The devs are also keen to note that multi-person vehicles are a feature so you can team up with your friends all in a single tank.
This is all big news
Easily the biggest news in the history of the series. These three new titles will expand the IL-2 series and build together with the previous titles.
Read the official announcement right here.