A small Flying Circus and IL-2 series update

This week’s developer diary is more of a mini update as the team pushes forward on the three titles that they are developing: Bodenplatte, Tank Crew and Flying Circus. This week we’ve got some new screenshots of the Pfalz D.IIIa’s cockpit, a late war German pilot, and some early work on two new tank power trains for Tank Crew.

Pfalz cockpit is a wooden masterpiece

The higher resolution textures and better lighting of the new Digital Warfare engine really seem to bring out the details of the wood that makes up a good portion of the Pfalz D.IIIa’s cockpit.

Gauges and dials also look really sharp in this upgrade.

The Pfalz is an interesting fighter that saw extensive service from 1917 through to the end of World War I but it is frequently overshadowed by the Albatross and the Fokker Dr. I in popular opinion circles. I’m looking forward to flying this scout once again.

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Late war German pilot model

Pilot uniforms and equipment changed over the years and so too has 1CGS detailing which has improved since the original pilot models for IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad were created.

Check out this pilot complete with the oxygen mask equipped.

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This new pilot model joins the already excellent pilot models created for Flying Circus. Next up will undoubtedly be pilot models for the RAF and USAAF.

Tank Crew

Also available in this weeks’ update are some shots of the power trains for the PzKpfw IV Ausf.G and M4A2 Sherman. The images themselves I don’t know much about but for tank enthusiasts they may offer some interesting details.

The bigger picture of course is that 1CGS and their partners at Digital Forms are creating some extremely detailed representations of these WWII era tanks at a level that I frankly have not seen before. War Thunder does some brilliant external details but there are no interiors to those tanks and so what 1CGS is offering is a much deeper experience right down to the modeling of internal components.

Teasing the future

This week was fairly short on details but they were teasing their future plans for the series in the update including news that Jason Williams has joined the team in Moscow to discuss details.

Han wrote,

This week our Executive Producer, Jason Williams, paid a visit to our Moscow studio. Of course, we have many discussions about potential ways of improving the project in the near future and more distant plans. We can’t disclose what we’re discussing yet, but when we’ll be able to tell you we’re sure you’ll be surprised and amused by the new prospects.

That leaves me with precious little to go on and at this point I have very little I can read between the lines on but we have experienced a fair number of surprises from 1CGS over the last year. Those surprises included some great graphical updates (such as the rain on the windshield visual effect which I still think is one of the coolest things ever) and the surprise addition of the La-5FN and Bf109G-6. What will 1CGS surprise us with next? We’ll find out eventually!

Check out the full Developer Diary for more screenshots and details!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. superetendard3 says:

    You got the Western Front theater prediction ^_^ so what do you think they mean this time? Do you think PTO will be postponed again?

    If there was to be a further PTO delay, I think a pretty good option would be an Italian Invasion expansion, bringing a taste of carrier ops with Royal Navy carriers and Seafires, etc. And it’s away from current Team Fusion’s North Africa expansion for CloD, an oportunity to make some of the later Italian fighters, plus some earlier variants of the planes coming for BoBP, maybe even a late P-40.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Definitely not enough information to go on right now. I remain concerned that the Japanese aircraft research situation has been difficult to resolve and that they may not be able to do Midway – though I hope they can.

      Shorter term I’d love for them to fill out the Western Front scenario a bit more. They could easily do 3-4 more aircraft which would probably be a popular choice. The Bodenplatte map is allowing for a wonderful set of options and it could easily allow for expanded gameplay options.

      Still, there are some that REALLY want that Pacific theatre option and I hope that 1CGS can deliver.

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  2. benetedmund says:

    Carrier Ops! Yum yum!

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  3. Blue 5 says:

    Errr….map packs? PTO strikes me as too much of a distant dream at present – maybe after BoBp wins all the awards and general adulation – but in the mean time I would expect a strong short-term road map and a longer-term ‘dare to dream’.

    Oh, and where is my Tempest V? 🙂

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I’m waiting for it too!

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