IL-2 completes revamped Steam integration, minor patch updates

Changes to the way that Steam does their account integration with third parties has required 1CGS to make a pretty hefty update for IL-2 so that Steam accounts can keep on working. In a patch released earlier today, 1CGS has now completed their update for Steam integration. For everyone flying this standalone without Steam, there’s also a few minor updates.

Your Steam and IL-2 accounts will now be linked

If you have purchased IL-2 through Steam, this patch is going to require an important account update on your part to make this all work as it should.

From the update notes today, this is probably the most important paragraph:

For those of you who like to play through Steam you will be happy about this change, but please understand that to be able to also purchase products on our site and fly using your unique IL-2 User Account nickname you will need to perform the linkage which is a one-time event. Once they are linked they are linked forever. Currently ALL Steam customers have separate Steam and IL-2 User accounts, but new Steam users will not automatically have an IL-2 User Account and must create one to link them. The process is short, but it involves a few steps and there are different paths you can follow.

They have created a helpful graphic to illustrate the different steps required.SteamLinking.png

For the full details, see the notes here.

Other updates

There have been a few other changes coming in this patch:

Also some minor fixes were done in the game:

1. Phosphorous instruments and ventilation intake position corrected on Bf 109 G-14

2. Minor 3D model corrections for Bf 109s

3. Remaining issues with MP locks were addressed

4. Skip dialog for mission or campaign creators should be fixed now (but existing missions need to be edited to point to the new location of this tool: swf\extensions\skip)

The minor 3D model corrections appear to be extremely minor. Jason Williams reported:

Something with the windshield and an oil gauge. Small stuff.

So, no big changes in this patch but a meaningful update for Steam users that will help 1CGS continue to sell content through the Steam store. The alternative was not to use Steam anymore and of course that would have caused some big issues. For people PO’ed about the required changes, direct your displeasure at Valve’s change of policy around how third party accounts are managed.

Also, from all appearances this system does maintain integration between purchases made on Steam and those made on the IL-2 website. DCS’ integration is virtually non-existent and new DCS modules only slowly make an appearance on Steam sometimes months after release on their own store. So IL-2 fans have things pretty good here.

Patch 3.004 small, 3.005 may be bigger

Patch 3.004 was relatively small in size compared to some of the other patches we’ve seen. The Steam integration aside, the changes are minor here and we’re likely to see much more added in with a forthcoming patch.

The FW190A-8 has entered testing and the developers seem to be indicating that it will be arriving sooner than later. Assuming a two week testing period, we may see the FW190A-8 arrive within a few weeks.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Francesco Kasta says:

    This is what ED should do as well.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      So true!

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    2. 1CGS is pretty much an example to ED. I haven’t played DCS in months, it’s a mess.

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      1. Aaron C White says:

        I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but I think what draws some to DCS is what keeps me away, while loving Il-2.

        DCS is just to scattered, whereas Il-2 is focused. Il-2 is WWII, it’s WWII settings and maps, and WWII equipment. DCS is WWII all the way up to late 90’s/Early 2000’s equipment, with maps ranging from the desert to WWII Normandy. But there’s not really anything linking everything together.

        Yeah, you can fly the Viggen, but you’re not taking off from era-appropriate airbases, flying against enemy units sporting appropriate planes. You’re not dodging missiles from Cold War era ground threats or attacking Cold War era shipping. The WWII stuff seems even more alone.

        I guess my issue is that with the damage model of Il-2, the beautiful engine, and the relatively deep planesets and ground objects, I’ve just need seen a reason to try WWII from someone else. Especially with the Bodenplatte objects coming down the pike.

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      2. Francesco Kasta says:

        I wouldn’t go as far as to say “it’s a mess” but it is certainly more complex which can be both good and bad.

        DCS is a platform of many modules made by different developers and this hurts the big picture since the detail and the quality are fluctuating up and down depending on what we are looking at. There is no real focus to the project, it is just an inconsistent collection of aircrafts. Plus lots of bugs and missing features here and there. And although it tries to achieve the highest possible fidelity and realism, its world can feel somewhat “cold and empty” which definitely breaks the immersion. I really miss a “dynamic campaign” here… fortunately the Mission Editor of DCS really kicks ass!

        IL-2 Great Battles on the other hand is way more focused and consistent. It may lack the depth of more advanced simulators with complex systems management and clickable cockpits, however when it comes down to having a realistic combat experience, it is definitely second to none.

        I love both though.

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      3. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Certainly parts of the supporting structure around DCS are a bit of a mess but I should say that I’ve been having an absolutely great time with the Hornet since it released and I’m continuing to enjoy FC3 and Mirage as well. I have the Viggen but I haven’t poured the time into that one yet.

        1CGS is hitting it out of the park when it comes to user management though. There were still complaints on the forum of course but by and large the reaction has been positive. Given the circumstances I can’t see 1CGS being able to do anything better than they have here.

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