There are releases in the IL-2 series that incrementally push the series forward with new content and features and then there are absolutely monumental patches that shift the whole story of the series and herald new and interesting things. This is one of those patches and it is now out!
New content, game changers
I may have gone a bit over the top with that introduction but not by too much. Though this patch is penultimate for IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte and Flying Circus Vol 1, it does represent a major milestone for content.
The patch includes the Rhineland and Arras maps, the Tempest Mark V, the P-51D-15 Mustang, and the P-38J-25 Lightning. It wasn’t enough for the series to introduce just one iconic aircraft… no, they had to release three.
There are also some significant game changing features that have been introduced.
Spotting has been completely revamped with aircraft, buildings, ships, and other objects receiving improved draw distances and visibility parameters. Ships can be spotted as far away as 100km according to the developers, especially when wake trails or smoke and fire are involved.
There’s also the completely revised pilot fatigue system which uses detailed physiological studies providing the basis for fatigue models. Not only are high G black-out and red-out simulated more realistically (with the corresponding narrowing of vision and loss of colour vision) but so is repeated high G maneuvers which stress the pilot and reduce the pilots’ ability to pull harder turns.
Speaking of game changing, the constant discussion of “balance” between Axis and Allies see’s a new question or maybe its an answer introduced… For months and years, enthusiasts have been pointing out that many Allied fighters ran on the enhanced quality of 150 octane fuel. Allowing for higher detonation levels and increased power, Spitfires, Mustangs, Tempests and others were able to push for higher levels of engine power thanks to the new fuel and it provided these aircraft with added performance levels in the late 1944 and early 1945 time period.
1CGS was listening and has introduced the feature for several aircraft including the Mustang, the Spitfire and the Tempest. Superb!
Learn the new types
With new planes comes new engine procedures and systems to understand and while IL-2’s modeling may not be quite at DCS World levels of detail, every aircraft requires tips, tricks, and understanding of how to manage the engine and other features of the aircraft.
Fortunately, IL-2 community member Requiem is here to make sure we know exactly what we’re doing with each aircraft.
Content out there
While the patch is still downloading right now for me, there is already plenty of content out there. Here’s just a taste of what I’ve seen so far!
More coming soon
Once I’ve had a chance to try out the new aircraft I’ll be doing my initial impressions of the patch as a whole as well as individual aircraft impressions as well as more detailed looks at the new maps. All coming once I’ve had a chance to personally check things out! Stay tuned!