This week’s IL-2: Great Battles Series developer diary is not really focused on any one thing but generally talking improvements to the series including some new ground vehicles for the eastern front as well as talk about future changes including what is coming in 4.005 including some big damage model updates. Oh and we get to see our first images of the new Soviet summertime pilot.
The next IL-2 update, patch 4.005, promises to bring in some interesting features and one that I have some big hopes for. That would be the damage modeling which IL-2 is generally excellent at and is in most ways the most advanced in the genre (with DCS World looking to catch up sometime sooner or later). Still, it’s not a perfect system and so there are some quirks. Here’s what 1CGS had to say this week.
Right now we’re testing the next update 4.005 which will include a number of improvements for the damage modeling, especially aircraft damage (but it is more general than that, the way weapons affect various objects is also changing). We did a lot of research observing the community opinion on the various aspects of the current damage system that require attention and corrected our priorities basing on it. In the near future, we plan to publish a special Dev Blog issue completely dedicated to this matter.
This is definitely exciting and I hope specifically that the team has had a chance to look at a couple of aircraft such as the P-47 which seems to be inconsistent with its hangarmates – in some tests the P-51 in IL-2 has shown to be more capable of resisting battle damage than the P-47. This seems to be made worse by the engine in the P-47 stopping from most kinds of battle damage – not something the aircraft was particularly well known for.
Fortunately, it does sound like some adjustments are coming in. It’ll be interesting to see what 1CGS has planned and I look forward to the future developer diary update.
More AI improvements have also been mentioned with IL-2’s AI now receiving regular updates from patch to patch and the improvements really starting to pay off for long time single player pilots. Can’t wait to see what the latest improvements are!
New pilot, vehicles
This week we got a peek at the work in progress pilot model for Soviet pilots on the eastern front during the summer months as well as some new vehicles. Included are fuel trucks and ambulances for the eastern front. They look great and of equal detail to what we’ve seen for the western front addition.
The only “bad” thing about this is that I do hope that the rest of the vehicles see an update at some point too. These new ones look fantastic! I also want to know if the fuel trucks will explode in a bigger way when hit – could make strafing columns of vehicles potentially more interesting or even hazardous if you hit the wrong truck and the wrong time.
Also coming in 4.005?
Not mentioned in this week’s update but something I think we may see based on the IL-2 roadmap is the Yak-9. It’s expected to release first with the Yak-9T coming soon after followed by the P-47D-22 and the Hurricane Mark II after that.
We’ll find out soon enough! For the rest, read the latest IL-2 developer diary!