Team Fusion Simulations has been busy for the last several months building more content and releasing plenty of media updates in anticipation for their 5.0 version release of IL-2: Cliffs of Dover. The update is intending to come with their new Battle of Tobruk expansion which takes the series into the North Africa battles of 1941 and 1942.
I thought I’d be a good idea to have a look at just some of what’s been released over the last several months.
Alpha testing has begun
Team Fusion has announced that alpha testing for their new update has begun just a couple of weeks ago. Since then, new content has been coming out more quickly from the team and that has been supplemented by content produced by their testers as well.
Hitting the rewind button for a moment, in September we got a nice look at the Halfaya Pass area on their new North Africa map showing off some of the work in progress development on the mapping side. Sheer cliffs and open expanses of desert are on show here.
New aircraft have also been shown off in recent months such as the Martlet. What is that you ask? You may know the Martlet by another name – the F4F Wildcat.
A number of Wildcats or Martlets served with the Fleet Air Arm and notably a detachment of Martlets were operated from land bases in the Western Desert. Though not an iconic aircraft of the battle, the Martlet does offer up a unique option for fans of the IL-2: Cliffs of Dover series and one of the first American designed fighters to enter the series.
You can see the Marlet above in still images or below in a video released way back in June.
Team Fusion has also been showing off their Beaufighter MK 1C variant and the new MC.202 over the last several months. These two aircraft are coming along nicely and the MC.202 adds some variety to the Italian aircraft set of which we’ve also see the MC.200, Cr.42, and more.
Both aircraft are featured in this short video released by the team back in July.
Coming out of the team more recently, we’ve seen a new video showing off their Tomahawk Mark II (P-40B/C) flying around over the desert. Having the earlier, lighter, P-40 is pretty exciting and this work horse of the desert was one of the primary fighters with British (and Commonwealth) forces in North Africa so it’s great to see it flying around.
On Twitter we’ve also seen Team Fusion showing off their work on damage models with visuals of what the MC.202 looks like with some damage (apparently from a Spitfire Vb tropical).
And we have images of their updated Bf110C-4/N.
And then we have their new Ju88C-2 heavy fighter which is based on the short wing Ju88A-1 and armed with a decent array of MG-FF 20mm and 7.92mm machine guns up front.
More to come
With alpha testing just begun, Team Fusion and patch 5.0 still have a ways to go but we have seen steady progress from the team over the last several months and alpha is a major milestone for the team to reach. I anticipate it will be a while before the team transitions from alpha to beta and begins aiming towards something that will go to release.
The Battle of Tobruk and North Africa oriented expansion to the Cliffs of Dover BLITZ series will be sold as a DLC update to Cliffs of Dover on Steam (or via the IL-2 website) when ready. Stay tuned for more information.
If you’re looking for more information see all of the developments that are happening with Team Fusion Simulation’s Cliffs of Dover TFS 5.0 update from the following sources: