Patch 4.007 for IL-2: Great Battles is out and while the new content is relatively small (the Ju87D-3 gets 4K textures) there are plenty of other changes under the hood for this update that 1CGS wanted to get out to us before patch 4.008 brings with it a whole bunch of new things including some big changes for VR zoom and the popular use of Reshade.
Of zoom and Reshade
Spotting and VR zoom- the big hot button topic that I’ve started writing editorials about and then had to stop and start over a few times because the ground shifted as I was writing it. A popular mod called ‘3dmigoto’ brought in an improved VR zoom function for VR players who were having spotting and aircraft identification problems, unfortunately, it introduced the same feature for 2d players who it later turned out were using it to gain visibility well past the intended limits for IL-2.
I could write a whole piece on it and may yet do so but suffice to say it caused some discussions in the community and the mod was eventually limited and removed.
1CGS has been listening through the controversy and have introduced some changes both in 4.006 and even more in 4.007. This line in the patch notes is going to interest you especially if you use VR,
Five new mappable (RCtrl+NumPad_Del,1,2,3,0 by default) zoom commands have been added that allow quick zooming to various degrees (minimal, maximal and 3 intermediate levels). Zoom value set by a mouse or joystick axis or keyboard keys is not affected by the new quick zoom and after releasing a quick zoom button the FOV will return to the one set by an axis. These new commands work in either 2D or VR mode. The old ‘VR zoom’ command has been deprecated (its equivalent is the new maximum quick zoom, RCtl+NumPad_0);
There is also this line that will be of particular note as the debate over various add-ons for IL-2 rages on.
New multiplayer server option “Restrict Injectors” allows the server hosters to restrict access for users with graphics injectors like Reshade or 3dmigoto;
Reshade has been particularly popular for a long time now while 3dmigoto has only recently received any popularity (and notoriety). In both cases the issues of aircraft spotting have come up and that many have reported that they are using them to improve their contrast of aircraft or make spotting them easier. Suffice to say I think spotting has gotten noticeably better in 4.006 but many still may want to make use of these tools either for visual enhancements in the case of Reshade or for better VR visibility (3dmigoto).
With this new feature, 1CGS is letting server owners and operators determine how they want to approach these issues. It lets the community decide if they wish to allow or not allow. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months.
Plenty of other updates
While those are the big hot items for 4.007, there are some smaller updates to including new 4K skins for the Ju87D-3, improvements to the binoculars for Tank Crew, a new visual model for German pilots flying on the eastern front in the summer along with the inclusion of a new sidearm feature, and more. Check the full patch notes here and start your IL-2 launcher or Steam to get the latest update now.