I think I write about this nearly weekly as new information trickles out and questions keep coming: When is patch 3.001 coming out? Here’s the latest hints we have.
The sale theory
The most optimistic among us think that release is imminent and the latest reason for that follows the announcement of the Lunar Sale today.
The sale starts today and lasts until Monday the 19th. This is a fairly short sale as far as the IL-2 series is concerned. Most last longer but this one is short and it comes connected to a project update e-mail including the following:
Battle of Kuban is nearing completion which is scheduled for Q1 2018. That means the time is running out to take advantage of the current discount on its Pre-Order in our webstore.
Read one way you could suppose that release is imminent and after Monday the 19th release could happen any day.
I’m not reading it that way personally but we’re exploring theories here so lets stay optimistic. Or… we might inject some realism in here.
The March theory
This one I put a little more stock into for a few reasons. Looking at the quoted statement above in another way we can draw on the idea that release will happen before the end of Q1. The quarter system in financial markets is usually also how video games get targeted and Q1 ends March 31.
The development itself is currently focused on completing and testing the remaining important features like Pilot Career, Co-Operative Multiplayer and the remaining aircraft like the P-39L.
This sounds to me like development is ongoing and indeed it is. If the last dev diary update is indicative of the current state of the project, it looks like the P-39L-1 cockpit still needs work.
That’s not a criticism either but rather just the reality that they are still finishing that aircraft – and a key one too as its really the star of this product release being the aircraft on the box and one flown by many ace pilots in the Kuban battle in 1943.
With a key aircraft cockpit still being finished and testing on the new Career and Co-op modes still underway, it seems likely to me that next week as the release date is just not realistic. It was my best guess a few weeks ago but with the latest information available… I just don’t think so.
So which will it be?
Nobody really knows exactly when it will be but we do know it will be soon. I hesitate to say it…. Two weeks? You can start laughing now!