Development work on IL-2: Great Battles has continued, nearly continuously, for several years now and the 1CGS team has done an incredible job on the series. With three titles released and a trio of new ones currently under development, we have a considerable amount of content available. Of course, and as is always the way, we’re excited for when the current titles will be “finished.” We now have a little insight on this.
Jason Williams, IL-2’s Lead Producer, responded to a question on the IL-2 forums about the release dates for IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte, Flying Circus Vol 1, and Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka.
We never stop developing and working so nothing is ever really done. The day we stop working on our client is the day we are “done”. And the day we stop, you’ll scream it isn’t finished. But for argument sake the three projects we are currently working on will likely be finished by the end of the year. Yes, we always have small delays, but our delays are not very big. The model team always finishes ahead of the other teams. These three projects have taxed us beyond measure, but we have not suffered huge delays from what we originally planned.Jason Williams on the IL-2 forums
What I have long assumed was that the three titles would aim to have a finish date sometime in the later part of the year. That seems to be the plan.
The biggest “delay” that I remember was more of a pause on follow up patches until the team had been able to implement some big changes. At the moment it doesn’t look like we’ll see anything like that for the three projects currently underway.
The Me262, S.E.5a, Albatross D.Va are coming next in the line-up with the P-51D-15 Mustang hopefully hot on their heels.
Extra content from the model team?
The one thing that I’m hoping to hear about Bodenplatte’s development is if the team will find any time between projects to inject a couple of extra aircraft into the equation. The team was able to do that on Battle of Kuban with the addition of the Bf109G-6 and La-5FN. They were also able to between Moscow and Kuban with the Yak-1B Series 127 and Ju52 3m.
I was overjoyed to see all of these aircraft make it into the series. I suspect that I will feel the same way if some extra fan favourites make their way into Bodenplatte. The Mosquito FB.VI, Spitfire XIV, Meteor III, and Ar234 are all high on my list but I know others have plenty of other suggestions too. I also hope to see the B-25D, currently under development as an AI plane, make it into flyable status (and that is indeed the plan if time can be found according to the devs) one day.
Take-away and speculation
A few things to take away from all of this. One, it seems that 1CGS is largely on schedule for the plan that they laid out for themselves. Two, the team is working extra hard to accomplish this which I am both thankful for and also hope that they can get some well deserved rest for too. Third, there is hope I think to see some extra planes that are Bodenplatte themed before the next title starts development.
That last point is purely speculative on my part but I think Bodenplatte is going to have some real legs as a title. The comments I read suggest that it is generating interest with plenty of new pilots and that even a few extra planes on top of the 10-planned for Bodenplatte would help to fill out the aircraft line-up for years to come. Particularly so if the team decides to go away from Europe and off to the Pacific in the future.