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More details released on IL-2 Sturmovik sequel

More details released on IL-2 Sturmovik sequel

Storm of War: Battle of Britain is still in the works and looks much improved compared to IL2.

The long awaited sucessor to the massively popular IL-2 Sturmovik series is still in progress and will be released no later than 2010. In an ongoing forum thread on the 1c Publishing forums, IL-2 Series programming legend and 1C: Maddox Games founder Oleg Maddox has confirmed that a new version of the WWII flight sim will be released next year.

IL-2 Sturmovik was released in 2001 and followed by a series of addons and sequels, the most recent of which is the IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 compilation pack which hit the shops in December 2006. Aside from a console spin-off, there has been little news on any sucessor. Apart from on hidden corners of forums, updates on the new game, tentatively titled Storm of War: Battle of Britain, have been few and far between despite it being officially announced over three years ago in May 2006.

However things have been steadily heating up in the forum thread with Oleg making regular appearances adding news and screenshots with new fantastic looking aircraft and scenery on show. The latest of these updates included pictures of Spitfires, Stukas and other aircraft which appear to have some seriously impressive detail, damage modelling and reflections. Images of the game being worked on in the studio showed new models for pilots, buildings and bombs.

Even more impressive is the scenery with trees clearly having received a massive make over, improved scenery in general and more realistic shadows. If these screenshots are to be believed then the final game should look stunning as well as giving flight sim fans something new to play for a change next year. Looking forward to a proper new PC flight-sim? Or is the genre even relevant any more? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Spiny 1st December 2009, 09:25 Quote
Played IL2 & it was great.

This kind of thing is always going to be better than the modern jet sims, if onlyfor the reason that you can legitimately go "Neeeowwww, daka-daka-daka-daka"
infi 1st December 2009, 10:31 Quote
I've always loved IL2, still playing today with friends.

I agree with spiny, there's so much more atmosphere in IL2 than in modern jet "sims" most of the modern flight games are not even simulations anymore if I think of games like HAWX and such.
TWeaK 1st December 2009, 10:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spiny
Played IL2 & it was great.

This kind of thing is always going to be better than the modern jet sims, if onlyfor the reason that you can legitimately go "Neeeowwww, daka-daka-daka-daka"

+1

After that comment I'm gonna have to install IL2 again and give it a go when I get home. Bought it in a Steam offer but never really gave it a chance
tripwired 1st December 2009, 12:23 Quote
yay!
SMIFFYDUDE 1st December 2009, 14:50 Quote
I bought Il-2 1946 last week for £2.99. I'm absolutely usless online but love it all the same.
Star*Dagger 1st December 2009, 16:00 Quote
I want a new jet sim!!!

But these guys make quality, I will play WW2 just to support them and dust off my Thrustmaster Cougar set up.

Flight sims are always relevant, especially now with such great graphics and DX10.
It would be nice to have more games with 6 degrees of freedom, like Shattered Horizon.

Yours in PC Gaming,
Star¤Dagger
The Growler 1st December 2009, 16:14 Quote
I like it! It's been a long time since we've had a good combat type flight sim and never one with really outstanding graphics. The last combat flight sim from Microsoft did a good (not great) job on the aircraft detail but the surrounding countryside was pretty bad. I think anyone who gets it right will sell a lot of games. Hopefully, this is the one.
bogie170 1st December 2009, 18:12 Quote
Hope they manage to have a mode with minimum amount of keyboard buttons. Fly n spray is good for me!
Mach1.9pants 1st December 2009, 18:34 Quote
IMO you never need an excuse to say 'dakka - dakka -dakka'

It is a recognised term in air combat training, on the (rare) occasions when we got into guns kill positions in training you'd say (in your calmest drawl over the radio) 'guns - guns -gunsss'. However in cockpit we will be going 'Yeah! dakka - dakka -dakka!'
Combatus 1st December 2009, 23:46 Quote
dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka!

Hello Rabbit Leader, thought you might come in from the sun.

Don't just glance, look! Search for the b*stards! And never fly in a straight line or you're a dead duck!

Sir.

Right, let's try it again

:)
PureSilver 2nd December 2009, 01:13 Quote
Hah, I like 'daka-daka' but have always preferred 'pew-pew.'
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