February 16th, 2017 by ShamrockOneFive
The new generation of IL-2 has had a lot of work to do trying to climb out from underneath the reputation of the original. IL-2 Sturmovik, Forgotten Battles, Pacific Fighters and the ultimate edition of IL-2: 1946 combined the kind of breadth and detail in a World War II sim never seen before. Starting over was always going to be daunting – but the team at 1CGS is working hard at making the new series into something that the fans can truly love. Some pretty big changes have been happening in the last couple of months and I thought now was a pretty good time to update on what’s happening with the run up to the release of IL-2: Battle of Kuban at the end of this year.
January 11th, 2017 by ShamrockOneFive
Born in the later days of the original IL-2, the Dedicated Bomber Squadron has been flying the skies of the Battle-fields UK servers and elsewhere for a few years now. Regulars to those servers over the years will know the familiar call-signs: Thor and TxTip. These two have been busy organizing template events for a couple of years now with increasing regularity as popularity of the new IL-2 series begins to take off.
Over the last couple of years, the duo has been organizing the Friday Night Bomber Flights and more recently the Friday Night Quickies. Both events are team oriented with players signing up and joining in organized flights.
It was long past time to sit down with Thor and TxTip and find out what these events are all about.
Already interested in jumping in? Check out the latest missions on our forums to find out when the next one is planned!
What is the Friday Night Bomber Flight?
Thor: Friday Night Bomber Flight started by DBS is Tip’s. It evolved into Tip’s brainchild and included a full fledged campaign he spent many hours behind, crunching numbers and building a new mission every week. Was the best BOS MP experience one could have at the time (not entirely sure whats up on the menu today). Now we have something similar to the DBS original idea, and that is re-running few quick missions with various goals, maps and plane sets. FNBF in its original form lasted up to 3h per Friday evening. This now is divided often between two shorter missions.
TxTip: Friday Night Bomber Flights became an immersive squadron oriented dynamic online campaign which incorporated custom made briefings and missions entirely based on the results of the prior mission. However over the course of 2 years and the good people from all over the world that I have had the honor to become associated with. It became and is so much more than that. Right now we are flying Quickies. The closest thing I can fashion within the BoS parameters to a Co-OP for large numbers of players. Will we return to a full FNBFs campaign event? Time permitting it’s possible. The new Kuban addition coming to the sim basically demands some type of campaign event to incorporate all the new aircraft and features.
November 20th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
If you haven’t been keeping up with the news recently, a lot is going on in the world of IL-2 and for our server regulars and members.
Update 1.005 was recently released for the IL-2 flight simulator product and it brought with it the new Yak-1B Collector Plane. The Yak-1B Series 127 is a incremental improvement over the Yak-1 Series 69 already available since IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad, however, it boasts a much improved cockpit visibility thanks to a bubble canopy and all kinds of small performance improvements. Check out my blog for a detailed review of the new fighter.
New landing gear physics have been implemented so if you’ve been sticking those landings like I sometime do, you might have some better luck now.
Coming in December is Update 1.006 which will bring with it the Ju 52 3m tri-motor transport plane that was so integral to the Luftwaffe’s transport and paratroop operations and a whole new rendering engine update. The IL-2 Digital Nature engine is getting an overhaul to bring it up to DirectX 11 standards. If all goes well, we’ll be able to play the game with the updated engine before Christmas time! Developer reports suggest some significant improvements in performance and we may even see some visual improvements as well.
Syndicate Members, Thor and TxTip, have been busy organizing the Dedicated Bomber Squad’s latest ‘Friday Night Quickie Flights’ running most Fridays these days. If you want to join in on some fantastic teamwork and intense multiplayer action you should definitely check out our forum for the very latest.
September 18th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
The news keeps on coming for fans of the IL-2 series. IL-2: Battle of Kuban pre-orders are now available for the addition to the series.
Available as standalone or combined with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and IL-2: Battle of Moscow, the latest entry in the series comes with 8 regular aircraft and 2 Collector Planes. At the current point in time, only the Premium edition is available which contains the full set of aircraft. A Standard edition will be made available later on.
Starting in December, the first pieces of Battle of Kuban content will arrive in the form of the Bf109G-4. Additional aircraft and the all new Kuban map will release sometime in 2017 leading up to the final release at the end of that year. In addition to the new aircraft, maps, ships, and vehicles, the series will also aim to upgrade the core technologies. DirectX 11 and Virtual Reality support are two of the standout features that the team intends to develop.
Battle of Kuban will also be the last of the Eastern Front themed scenarios for the next couple of installments as the team intends to develop Battle of Midway and Battle of Okinawa after Kuban launches. These two battles will take the series to the Pacific and introduce carrier warfare into the mix for the first time. In the meantime, you can bet that some of our Dedicated Bomber Squad guys will be itching to get their hands on the new A-20B and He111H-16.
So, if you’re interested in another outing in the IL-2 series and want to get in on some VR powered action… the pre-orders are open right now!
September 11th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
This week IL-2 Producer Jason Williams took to the forums to announce the next addition to the IL-2 series: IL-2 Battle of Kuban!
The announcement laid out a plan for the future of the IL-2 series with plans to change longstanding issues, fix bugs, add new content and take the game into other theaters beyond the Eastern Front. Battle of Kuban represents a building ground for the team with regards to ocean and ship technology with the next targeted theater being the Pacific.
Many of the guys on the forums have been hoping for a change of scene and Battle of Kuban will be an installment that leads towards that goal.
The plan as it sits now is the following:
- Battle of Kuban
- Battle of Midway
- Battle of Okinawa
- Battle of ??????
Some of that may change but it gives you an idea of the expanding scope and trajectory of the series.
So what does Kuban give us and when is it coming out?
There is a 16 month development plan starting now that will see the Kuban battle released by December of 2017. In the meantime, content is planned to be added to the current game as its developed similarly to that of Battle of Moscow and Stalingrad before it. The battle itself was fought in the Kuban region of Russia along the Black Sea. The terrain is more varied than we’re used to with open plains, mountains, and coastal areas. It will be a proving ground for new ocean and ship technology with complex warships, simple trawlers, and everything in between. Kuban is also a region that saw some interesting Luftwaffe types and a good selection of American and even some British aircraft for the VVS.
Aircraft and Content
There is the now standard list of 8 flyable aircraft plus two Collector Aircraft for a total of 10. Let’s check them out:
- Bf-109 G-4
- Fw-190 A-5
- Bf-110 G-2
- He-111 H-16
- IL-2 mod.43 UBT
- Hs-129 B-2 (Collector)
- Spitfire Mk.VВ (Collector)
- Kuban map 300x400km (Seaport, Towns, Mountains, Sea, Prairies, Large Forests, Part of Crimea)
- Warships (Destroyer, Cargo ships, Submarines, Torpedo boats, Landing Barge)
- Some New Ground Units
There were a huge list of improvements to the series as well with the recently announced removal of unlocks, new support for DX11 graphics and VR technology, and more all detailed in Jason’s announcement. Read the announcement for the full list and see what the future of IL-2 is all about!
August 27th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
Itching for some more IL-2 content? The online store for new IL-2 Collector Planes has re-opened with two new pre-orders. The Yak-1B and Ju 52/3m are now available for purchase and will be delivered sometime before the end of 2016. They come with a slight discount at the moment so now is a great time to buy either aircraft if you feel like adding to your collection.
The Yak-1B is an upgraded Yak-1 with improved firepower and 360 degree vision thanks to its bubble canopy.
The Ju 52/3m is the iconic tri-engined armed transport used by the Luftwaffe in nearly every major operation of the war.
These two aircraft join the four other Collector Planes in the store:
- La-5 Series 8
News is expected in the near future on where the series will be heading next.
August 21st, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
Some big changes are coming to IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and Battle of Moscow. Jason Williams, the Producer for IL-2 announced late last week that starting this coming week, you will find all of your unlocks have been removed for equipment, weapons and skins. It won’t matter if you have the Premium edition or the Standard edition and it won’t matter if you have a Collector Airplane or one of the eight standard that come with each of the releases. The doors will be thrown wide open and all of the formerly locked items will be made available.
There is just the one caveat. If you have the Russian market Starter Edition of IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad then nothing will have changed. You will still need to progress through the ranks to gain equipment modifications.
No formal announcement has been made yet about what the team is working on next for their next major project. What we know is that the team has gotten together and that plans for the next two major expansions to the IL-2 franchise have already been planned out and pending the availability of funding, 1CGS will be working on them until completion.
In the meantime, two additional Collectors Aircraft have been announced. The Yak-1B and Ju 52 continue to make progress and Jason’s developer update also showed off some tasty screen shots. We’ve got a few for you right here!
Work on the Yak-1B external model appears to be nearly complete and is now fully textured. The Ju 52 internals continue their progress as well and in this shot we get a good look at the rear gunners station.
We also get a early look at the Odessa map work-in-progress by Zeus and a team of third party and internal developers. With vast stretches of open water, rolling hills and open fields, Odessa should be a familiar but unique map that will add greatly to the eastern front experience.
News surrounding the next release from 1CGS is still to come with Jason indicating news will be made available sooner than later and pre-orders for that and for the Ju52 and Yak-1B collectors aircraft will be forthcoming very soon as well. Stay tuned folks!
July 30th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
Dev Diary #129 from the 1CGS IL-2 team was published a couple of days ago and it gives us a taste of what is to come.
The Yak-1B, an improved version of the Yak-1 and a work in progress shot of a cockpit for the Ju52 all but confirms that the famous tri-motor will be one of several new flyable aircraft in the future. Multiplayer compatibility is getting new changes which allow owners of BoS or BoM to fly on servers with maps from the product they don’t own. Changes to sounds and new aerobatic smoke generators round out some of the more immediate updates coming in the next patch along with news that IL-2: Battle of Moscow will finally release to the Steam Store.
A bigger announcement is expected before the end of August detailing the next theatre and other future plans for the series. You can bet that improved VR support will be part of that too.
Read the whole update right here!
June 26th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
The folks of 777 Studios have offered up another sale (the last one feels like only a short time ago!) for Rise of Flight.
They are calling it their ‘Big Summer Sale’ with a 66% discount on most items. It goes until July 4 so if you’ve been thinking of adding to your Rise of Flight hangar, now is a great time to pick up a few more aircraft from the store.
June 7th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
IL-2: Battle of Moscow (v2.001) has been out for a few weeks and its time to review this addition to the IL-2 world and see how it scores up against Battle of Stalingrad.
A couple of things have happened since I did the review on Battle of Stalingrad. First, I think 1CGS was able to prove that they could release a potentially worthwhile successor to the original IL-2 series. Second, that the Rise of Flight Digital Nature engine could be adapted successfully to World War II aviation. Third, that the community was interested in more World War II air combat and that we would snap up some more content if it was good. And it was good!
Something else happened recently. I started up a blog called Stormbirds and its all about PC Flight Simulation. Writing there doesn’t mean I won’t be updating here but it did give me a great platform to write a second review.