If you were online this afternoon (Eastern time) you were among over 500 players that had signed in to IL-2 multiplayer filling many of the most popular servers in the community to their maximum capacity. It’s a small yet important victory for the series that is worth celebrating!
Five hundred plus!
In a post on the IL-2 official forums, community member LF_Gallahad shared a screenshot showing Wings of Liberty, Combat Box, Tactical Air War, Air Combat Group – Campaign Server, and Flying Circus Flugpark all at maximum or near maximum capacity with most of those servers supporting 84 players at a time.
With those servers full, we also saw Finnish Virtual Pilots – Dynamic War, EU Official 1CGS Server Planes and Tanks Normal by DED, Attention EFront tanks and aircraft, and the Combat Box training and dogfight server all at least half full. Also great to see! Not on the list but also deserving of some attention is the KOTA server group who have worked hard on their server as well.
In total, there were more than 500-players on IL-2 multiplayer servers flying WWI, WWII aircraft as well as several filling servers that also have a mix of tanks and aircraft together. Although in the heyday of the original IL-2, we saw those numbers and more, it’s still a great thing to see as the series continually gains more pilots and tankers.
Community makes the difference
IL-2: Great Battles has progressed to a point where it offers variety of content, deep discounts during sales that make it more accessible, and it also appears to be benefiting a growing interest in aviation and the hobby of flight simulation in 2020.
As much as this is a credit to 1CGS and the IL-2: Great Battles Series, it’s also a notable achievement for the community. In the last year, I’ve seen the IL-2 multiplayer community pull together more than ever to create fantastic servers, offer help and advice, and try and answer questions on diverse places from the official forums to YouTube channels to Reddit, Discord, and Facebook community groups. It’s the kind of positive interaction that new pilots to our hobby need to see as much of as possible.
Great to see this and hopefully to many more busy days on the servers!