It’s a major milestone that is the culmination of about two years of development effort by the 1C Game Studios team and it’s finally here – patch 4.001 is out! IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte and Flying Circus Vol 1 are both now considered officially released and there’s plenty of new content in the form of the Achtung Spitfire! campaign for the Spitfire Vb and the official single player campaigns for Tank Crew. There’s a lot to take in so let’s check everything out!
Bodenplatte is done! Sort of…
With patch 4.001, IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte is considered officially content complete and released. This means that 1C Game Studios will be selling both a Standard and Premium version on the IL-2 store and on Steam – thought it appears not just yet. Standard will not include the Fw190D-9 and P-38J-25 Collector Planes and will be sold at a reduced price.
Today’s update indicates that the current $10 pre-release discount will be available for a few more days. If you wanted to buy in, save yourself a few bucks and buy in now!
Here are some highlights of what is included in the patch:
- Battle of Rhineland Career (starting September 17, 1944 and going until April 1, 1945) the new ultra detail clouds
- three additional seasonal texture variations for the Rhineland map
- ultra detail clouds with better smoothing and higher performance for cloud rendering in general
- Achtung Spitfire! 20-mission campaign for the Spitfire Vb ($12.99 USD on the store)
Although IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte is officially done development, 1CGS is currently planning to do more before they turn their attentions to whatever it is that they plan to do next. Here’s what they had to say:
However, this does not mean that work on this project is completely done, we plan to spend some time before we begin our next project on fine-tuning and polishing a number of its components and adding a couple yet to be completed pieces such as Air Marshal.IL-2 developer diary
A major feature still to come is the still mysterious Air Marshal commander mode which is intended for multiplayer. It’s been in development for some time and clearly 1CGS think it will be something of a potential game changer as they really haven’t talked too much about it or what it will be able to do. That will apparently be coming soon after this patch.
Flying Circus released!
Volume 1 of Flying Circus is released and 4.001 comes with a couple of known additions and some surprises too.
- Updates to the visuals for the frontlines
- Observer balloons
- A variety of new vehicles, tanks, and artillery pieces for WWI
- Amiens cathedral added
These additions are just the finishing pieces to a puzzle that 1CGS has been working on with Yugra Media since the title was released. Though these aircraft are refurbished from Rise of Flight, they have all been given texture upgrades, model upgrades, and they have been updated to work in the new Digital Warfare engine which is several leaps ahead of the old Rise of Flight engine.
Tank Crew takes major steps forward
4.001 is not the final release for Tank Crew but it is a key milestone. The release of two single player Scripted Campaigns are a noteable moment for the title while it awaits a couple more vehicles.
The biggest addition is the new Radio Command interface which will allow you to command and give orders to a group of tanks as well as command your specific tank. Telling the crew what to do in the middle of a battle sounds like it will be tense and I’m looking forward to checking the features out.
Achtung Spitfire! is out too!
It’s slightly overshadowed by everything else going on but you should also check out the newly released Achtung Spitfire! campaign. Community member SYN_Haashashin, whom I did a Q&A with, put together the 20-mission campaign which I’ve had a sneak peek at while creating the trailer above. If you like Spitfire’s and want to experience a well built campaign… this is a great experience from what I’ve seen of it.
Once I’ve had a chance to play it through I intend to do a full review – but that will take me some time with everything else that I have going on.
It’s available on the IL-2 store for $12.99 USD.
We don’t have any idea of what the next title will be or when we’ll know more about it but with 4.001 we’re going to see things set in motion where we’ll hopefully start to know more about future plans.
Mention in today’s announcement was the fact that the 1CGS team would like to continue to work on Flying Circus and release another volume. I think a Volume 2 would have the opportunity to bring some more variety to the title and I’m pretty excited to see what might happen if they get the chance.
Of course IL-2: Great Battles mainline WWII experience is very much expected to continue and that’s going to be very interesting to find out about. Stay tuned as we wait patiently for that, the final release of Tank Crew, and of course the two (or three) new Collector Planes that 1CGS is working on.
As always, more to come!