IL-2 content: reading between the lines on what is next

The next few months of development for IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte are going to bring the project much closer to completion. Given what we’ve learned over the last couple of updates I thought it’d be good to take stock of the latest.

The next beta?

The next closed beta for the IL-2 series will, according to 1CGS, include the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Halberstadt CL.II, Bristol Fighter F.2B, and using my best guess, the P-51D-15. It’s possible the Mustang is not in but based on comments from Jason a couple of months ago, the P-51 was intended for a late June/July release and Jason was at the time fairly convinced it would slip into July.

With a typical 2-3 week testing period before release it’s possible that we might see the Mustang by the end of July.

The Bodenplatte map

According to the developers, the map for Bodenplatte is nearly finished:

The work on the Bodenplatte map is nearing completion and we’ll be able to show you the screenshots showing the result of this tremendous work soon.

Han on Developer Diary #225

Is it in contention for being a part of the next release? I don’t feel very confident about that right now as almost finished usually means a lot of testing. At least when it comes to something that is as large and object dense as the Bodeplatte map. Still, it may be a candidate for release in late summer.

We haven’t seen the map show up in its seasonal variations for quite some time now so that may require some extra work too. You’ll recall that Bodenplatte’s map is intended to come in late summer, autumn, winter, and early spring varieties representing the campaign which is intended to run from September 17th, 1944 and ending on April 1st, 1945.

The Arras map

We haven’t seen much of the Arras map for Flying Circus. This WWI themed map needs not only the aircraft but also the buildings, the objects, and the vehicles to really be fully complete. From the screenshots we’ve already seen, they have made good progress on at least some of those objects already.

I suspect that once Ugra Media is done with their work upgrading the aircraft that they will then be working on things like vehicles, AAA guns, as well as various static objects.

The Tempest Mark V

Today was the first time that we saw the Tempest Mark V in-engine. It’s been a few months since we saw the Mustang so it may yet be a couple of months before we can fly the Tempest.

Sometimes aircraft come out in different orders depending on the artists and teams working on them and any technical glitches or difficulties that arise. So nothing is set in stone here.

And two others

We are of course waiting for the P-38J-25 flyable which will likely be the last aircraft to arrive for Battle of Bodenplatte and the AI-only B-25D. I know there’s a vocal group of fans that are excited for the P-38 and I can’t say I blame them – I flew the 38 a lot in IL-2: 1946 as it quickly became my choice American fighter mount for fighter and fighter-bomber missions. It’s long awaited return to the series should be well worth the wait.

The B-25D is less anticipated at the moment if only because its an AI aircraft and more part of the overall vehicle package. That said, it still has a vital role as part of the IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte career and it is likely to become a flyable at some point. We just have to wait a bit longer for that to happen.

More tanks too

We are of course waiting for the PzKpfw V Ausf.D “Panther”, Sd. Kfz. 184 “Ferdinand”, SU-122, and SU-152 for Tank Crew prior to the vehicles being completed. The series will also be introducing its twin campaigns – one for each side of the Kursk tank battle. The campaigns got a mention in the most recent developer update with voice overs being recorded (something the series hasn’t done much of yet) for them so that should be interesting.

Finally… Battle of Battle of Rheinland Career

Bodenplatte’s “Battle of Rheinland” Career mode is underway now as the map itself nears completion. No doubt the excellent features from the Career for other IL-2: Great Battles Series titles will be recycled here (and I expect more of the same) but with plenty of new content in terms of unit histories and squadron emblems.

New mission types may appear as well. The RAF were famous for their “TacR” free-hunt style missions as well as for the ‘Rat Catcher’ missions chasing Me262s back to their base. Hopefully some interesting mission types along with the usual we already know will be part of this package.

Both near and far

Lots of content is still to come within 1CGS current plan with some of it due potentially within the next few weeks while others may not be coming for at least a few more months. Certainly we’ll see much of this content before the year is through and that’s very exciting as the current vision comes to term.

What 1CGS plans to do next is the subject of much debate and speculation. I will weigh in with some ideas in a future post but feel free to make your guesses below. One way or another, things are pretty exciting for fans of the series coming in the near future.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. bigalrico says:

    I find it interesting that the P-51 is being turned into a “big secret”. At least we didn’t hear or see anything except some interesting contributions and the exterior screenshots. That’s why I just pray that the pony is more or less ready and they want to surprise us.
    The Tempest also looks pretty great and hopefully we will see it within the next 4-10 weeks in the skies of Il-2 :D. The Lightning would also interest me quite a bit. Since I have seen the Red Bull variant live I find this machine fascinating. Personally I hope that we will see the BobP map soon because of this statement from Han. If I had to guess, I would also say that the patch could come around July 22nd.

    But we’ll see. I’m looking forward to your expectations regarding the upcoming topics!

    Rico

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  2. Geoff says:

    Much debate on the forums about what comes next, with the majority of players still hoping for the Pacific. With absolutely no hints from the developers I am beginning to wonder if the game engine is capable of carrier battles. Where are the floatplanes or torpedo bombers that could have been tested in Kuban? All three current titles are coming to fruition this year so whatever comes next is likely to be announced after the release of Bodenplatte. I would guess at further expansions for the Great Battles series to include Korea and Italy – a personal favourite would be the Battle of Malta. However I don’t see a carrier-based expansion coming any time soon; maybe as a completely separate game in the future. Hope that I’m wrong though!

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      There’s lots of variables for the team to consider when they go to the next option. I don’t think there are any real engine issues and when I’ve talked to Jason about these things he seemed focused on research materials as being the biggest issue.

      A sea plane would be interesting to see. They could use the Ju52 as a start without having to build a whole new aircraft.

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  3. tyronesaywtf says:

    I’ve got a HUGE hard-on for the P-38 – and I’m saddened it’ll be the last plane added to the Bodenplatte stable. But hey, better late than never – and when that day comes, I’ll have an enormous shit-eating grin on my face all day long.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      They say good things come to those who wait. The wait for the Tempest, Mustang and Lightning may have been long but I’m excited to fly each of these!

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      1. tyronesaywtf says:

        Yep, the Tempest has got me pretty hot & bothered (waiting for it); the Mustang, not so much. As an American, even I know the GB series needs more Brittish planes (besides just the Spitfire) in the stable.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Here’s hoping for a Mosquito somewhere along the line too!

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      3. tyronesaywtf says:

        Couldn’t agree more (about the Mosquito); that would be the plane I would most want next (in terms of unannounced ‘collector’ plans in the future) – if I had my way.

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  4. superetendard3 says:

    If Pacific needs some more time, my personal choice would be a late Italy scenario, where they can test the carrier technology with Seafires and HMS Illustrious

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  5. Blue 5 says:

    Sicily, Italy Gothic Line or Vistula-Oder would be mostly map with only a few new aircraft. Maybe the next choice to keep revenue and work with 3rd parties while they determine the next big step?

    I hope not Normandy…

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