The forthcoming IL-2: Great Battles Series patch 4.005 has been delayed. Widely expected to arrive sometime this week, the developers at 1CGS have decided for a number of reasons to set back the date of the next patch and we have some details straight from 1CGS developer Petrovich.
The good with the bad
The bad news is of course that the next patch is delayed and probably by a couple of weeks. The good news is that the delay is allowing for the developers to fix some more critical items including a major update on the engine damage models. Here’s what Petrovich had to say,
But there are good news. In update 4.005 you will get even more than we originally planned. Given the new information discovered by our partner “Digital Forms” (many thanks to them!) who is working on the project “Tank Crew”, we significantly improved the methodology of calculating the fragmentation and high-explosive impact of explosions.AnPetrovich
And there’s more too.
Also, according to the results of testing the airframe DM, we realized that the engines DM must also be improved. Initially, we planned to improve engines DM, as well as systems DM not this time, but later. However, tests showed that against the background of a more realistic airframe DM, “glass” engines turned out to be a weak spot. Therefore, last week the engines DM were also significantly improved. This is still not a “dream DM”, but we did a significant step in that direction.AnPetrovich
Naturally, this kind of thing can happen in software development. Fix one thing and suddenly something else becomes a problem and with a flight simulator that can be magnified when it comes to something the virtual pilots interact with in such a fundamental way.
Damage model updates are fantastic but if the engines have become even more of a problem then I suspect a great many will have issue with it. I think it makes sense for 1CGS to delay the patch and await further improvements.
It’s also worth noting that the engine updates we do see in the damage model for 4.005 are not the aimed for result either but rather a step along the road. Whatever changes they made, they did them quickly and so I appreciate some extra testing time.
When is the patch now anticipated?
The patch is now anticipated to arrive, at the earliest, sometime next week. I can see testing for something as complex as this perhaps taking a little more time and so its possible that it will take a couple more weeks.
Some may be disappointed, however, I think it will be worth a couple of weeks of delay.