A new e-mail from 1CGS on both their IL-2 and Rise of Flight mailing lists has given us all a reminder that the Rise of Flight to Flying Circus discount that they were offering is set to expire soon. September 14 to be exact. It also gives us a clue on when the next patch for the series is coming.
Whats the discount again?
Let me quote the e-mail because that is easiest:
Anyone who purchased content for ROF between its launch in 2009 to July 25, 2018 from our website, STEAM or a boxed or digital copy from official retail partners during that time frame have received an additional discount for a limited time.
- If you spent between $0.01 and $70.99 on ROF content you will receive an additional $5 OFF.
- If you spent between $71.00 and $200.99 on ROF content you will receive an additional $10 OFF.
- If you spent greater than $201.00 on ROF content you will receive an additional $15 OFF.
For some, knocking $15 off the $69.99 promotional price is not too bad and offers decent bang for the buck. Others have balked at the smaller discount and had hoped for a deeper discount for supporting the series.
It’s doubtful that 1CGS could have offered much more of a discount – this is a niche market after all. Still, I understand the desire to see that customer loyalty rewarded. We can politely argue back and forth how much 1CGS has chosen to offer but I think it’s a welcome sign that they offered any discount at all. They are certainly trying!
Camel and D.IIIa
The next two aircraft to arrive for Flying Circus Vol 1 are the Sopwith Camel and the Pfalz D.IIIa. Two more popular types in the Rise of Flight series and well known and flown by virtual and real pilots alike.
The Sopwith Camel is, like the Spitfire, an aircraft that I grew up knowing. It and the Fokker Dr. I were the quintessential World War I flying machines. You could get away without knowing other types but the Camel was just one of those legends that sometimes seeps into the public consciousness.
Of course the Pfalz D.IIIa is kind of the opposite, at least for me, as an obscure fighter (it really wasn’t at the time) that was not a Fokker Dr. I or an Albatross.
The Camel has a controversial flight model in Rise of Flight and the Pfalz D.III at one time had one too (the ‘Pfalzcopter’ I’ve heard it called) but both of the Flying Circus types have emerged into the IL-2 series with slightly different handling so it’ll be interesting to see what happens here.
Coming soon? Clues!
We have a few clues as to when they are coming and it boils down to one sentence in the most recent e-mail:
Flying Circus development is underway and our new and improved WWI planes are beginning to roll off the assembly line. The SPAD 13 and Fokker Dr.1 are already available to fly! The Pfalz D.IIIa and Sopwith Camel are up next and will be released in the coming weeks.
Coming weeks is definitely shorter than months and that likely means that we’ll be seeing these by the end of September or into early October. That is my best guess.
Jumping the Flying Circus planeset from two to four really starts to help with diversity of aircraft types available and it will hopefully also come with enhancements and tweaks that really start to make these aircraft shine.
More in the next patch
We really don’t know what will be in the next patch beyond the likely inclusion of the Camel and the D.IIIa. Its uncertain if any other Flying Circus content arrives but it is certainly possible and we don’t know about it.
IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte and Tank Crew content may also be on their way in the next patch. We’ll have to wait and see! This weeks’ dev diary may help illuminate more here.