Battle of Moscow is officially out! Game version 2.001 ushers in the final result of over a year of 1CGS’ effort to update the IL-2 franchise after a successful but sometimes difficult launch with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad.
In many ways, Update 2.001 is an anticlimax as the Moscow content has, for the most part, been available for weeks and even months now. Aircraft like the I-16 Type 24 have been with us for nearly a year while other types such as the Bf110E-2 and Ju88A-4 have been more of a prolonged wait.
Here are some highlights from the update:
- Customers who pre-purchased Battle of Moscow and don’t have Battle of Stalingrad can access the game today (previously only the players who own both theaters of war could play the Battle of Moscow)
- Piloting tips added (they can be switched off in user interface settings)
- Video cutscenes added to Battle of Moscow campaign
- Scenario missions added to Battle of Moscow campaign
- More combinations of weapon modifications are allowed for MiG-3 and P-40
- Pine trees added to forests
- Stalingrad navigation map updated to match the new Moscow map features (visible airfield layouts for instance)
- Joystick IDs won’t be erased during each game update
A full list of game updates has been published on the IL-2 forums with numerous fixes to existing content both for Battle of Moscow as well as Battle of Stalingrad. If its something I really appreciate, it’s that older content continues to receive attention as needed. It creates confidence in the whole product.
I’ll have more comments on this release and a full review later on. For now, load up the IL-2 launcher and get updated to the latest edition.