It’s been a up and down kind of week for the IL-2 community and for 1C Game Studios with a clean-up of what should have been unused keys turning into a turbulent issue surrounding grey market game sellers. I’ve seen some pretty nasty (and in my opinion inaccurate) comments from a few individuals and a good amount of understanding from others both affected by and unaffected by the recent issues. Now we have news that 1CGS is intending to resolve the issue.
Keys to be reissued
Jason Williams, IL-2’s Lead Producer, took to the forum again today with news that keys that were deactivated will be reactivated. Here’s a key part of the statement:
Therefore, we have decided to send new keys for the deactivated content to everyone affected, so you can get flying again. But please note that this will be the LAST and ONLY time we ever restore deactivated keys from so called grey/black market websites. To ensure we have a proper direct relationship with our customers and can help if there are problems with your key or user account you must buy from Steam direct, the official IL-2 webstore or other officially licensed re-sellers of which there are very few.
I still advise players to buy from official sources only and avoid heartbreak and disappointment. When in doubt, both Steam and the official IL-2 website are good places to buy from. Supposedly there are other places out there but I don’t have a definitive list.
Find out more about this from the official statement.