Team Fusion shows off ALL of their desert war flyable aircraft

A new video released today by Team Fusion Simulations is a simple yet very interesting showcase of all of the new aircraft that are coming to their forthcoming desert war (TFS 5.0) release. If you were wondering what the final list would be and how much it adds to the Cliffs of Dover release – wonder no longer. This is the official list!

A huge list of aircraft

The new video is a true showcase of the hard work that their team have clearly been putting into the aircraft for their new, still untitled, desert war expansion. Team Fusion have been working for the last few years on this update and this video is probably the clearest indication yet of just how much they have needed to create to bring this together.

Team Fusion does point out in their video description that some aircraft in the list and shown in the video are not yet finished and audio and visual work is still ongoing. Still, what we’re seeing here looks pretty complete to me. Have a look at the video!

The list!

From Gladiators, and Martlets, to new variants of the Bf110 and the new MC.202, there’s a long list of aircraft coming in TFS 5.0 for both the desert war or already available from Cliffs of Dover. And here’s the list!

  1. Beaufighter IC
  2. Beaufighter I-F
  3. Beaufighter I-F Late
  4. Beaufighter I-NF
  5. Beaufighter I-NF Late
  6. Beaufighter Mk IC Trop
  7. Beaufighter Mk IF Late Trop
  8. Beaufighter Mk INF Late Trop
  9. Bf108B-2
  10. Bf108B-2 Trop
  11. Bf109E-1
  12. Bf109E-1/B
  13. Bf109E-3
  14. Bf109E-3/B
  15. Bf109E-4
  16. Bf109E-4 Late
  17. Bf109E-4/B
  18. Bf109E-4/B Late
  19. Bf109E-4/N
  20. Bf109E-4/N Late
  21. Bf109E-7
  22. Bf109E-7/N
  23. Bf109E-7/N Trop
  24. Bf109E-7 Trop
  25. Bf109E-7Z
  26. Bf109F-1
  27. Bf109F-2
  28. Bf109F-2 Late
  29. Bf109F-2 Trop
  30. Bf109F-4
  31. Bf109F-4 Derated
  32. Bf109F-4 Trop
  33. Bf109F-4 Trop Derated
  34. Bf109F-4Z
  35. Bf110C-2
  36. Bf110C-4
  37. Bf110C-4 Late
  38. Bf110C-4/N
  39. Bf110C-4/NJG
  40. Bf110C-4B
  41. Bf110C-4B Trop
  42. Bf110C-4N//NJG/Trop
  43. Bf110C-6
  44. Bf110C-6 Trop
  45. Bf110C-7
  46. Bf110C-7 Trop
  47. Blenheim IV
  48. Blenheim IV Trop
  49. Blenheim IV Trop Late
  50. Blenheim IVF
  51. Blenheim IVF Late
  52. Blenheim IVF Trop Late
  53. Blenheim IV NF
  54. Blenheim IV NF Late
  55. Blenheim IV NF Trop Late
  56. BR.20M
  57. MC.202 Series III
  58. MC.202 Series III Alta Quota
  59. MC.202 Series VII
  60. MC.202 Series VII Alta Quota
  61. CR.42
  62. CR.42 Trop
  63. D.520
  64. G.50
  65. G.50 Trop
  66. Gladiator II
  67. Gladiator II Trop
  68. He111H-2
  69. He111H-2 Trop
  70. He111H-6
  71. He111H-6 Trop
  72. He111P-2
  73. Hurricane I (DH 5-20 100 oct)
  74. Hurricane I (DH5-20)
  75. Hurricane I (Rotol)
  76. Hurricane I (Rotol 100oct)
  77. Hurricane I-FB
  78. Hurricane I-FB Trop
  79. Hurricane I-NF (Rotal 110 oct)
  80. Hurricane IIa
  81. Hurricane IIa Trop
  82. Hurricane IIb
  83. Hurricane IIb Trop
  84. Hurricane IIb Trop Late
  85. Hurricane IIc
  86. Hurricane IIc Trop
  87. Hurricane IIc Trop Late
  88. Hurricane IId
  89. Hurricane IId Trop
  90. Ju87B-2
  91. Ju87B-2 Trop
  92. Ju88A-1
  93. Ju88A-5
  94. Ju88A-5 Late
  95. Ju88A-5 Trop
  96. Ju88A-5 Trop Late
  97. Ju88C-4
  98. Ju88C-4 Late
  99. Ju88C-4 Trop
  100. Ju88C-4 Trop Late
  101. Kittyhawk IA
  102. Kittyhawk IA Trop
  103. Martlet III
  104. Spitfire I
  105. Spitfire I (100 oct)
  106. Spitfire I a
  107. Spitfire Ia (100 oct)
  108. Spitfire IIa
  109. Spitfire IIb
  110. Spitfire Va
  111. Spitfire Vb
  112. Spitfire Vb Late
  113. Spitfire Vb Trop
  114. Spitfire Vb HF
  115. Spitfire Vb HF Late
  116. Spitfire Vb HF Trop
  117. Tiger Moth
  118. Tiger Moth 1940
  119. Tiger Moth A-1
  120. Tiger Moth A-2
  121. Tiger Moth Trop
  122. Tomahawk II
  123. Tomahawk II Late
  124. Tomahawk II Trop
  125. Tomahawk II Late Trop
  126. Wellington Ia
  127. Wellington Ia Trop
  128. Wellington Ic
  129. Wellington Ic Trop
  130. Wellington Ic Late
  131. Wellington Ic Late Trop
  132. Wellington Ic Torpedo
  133. Wellington Ic Torpedo Trop

All told, that’s 133 aircraft including plenty of variants. Plenty of options!

If you’re used to the IL-2: Great Battles method this will seem like a longer list. The way that Cliffs of Dover handles more minor modifications is…. that it doesn’t. On the other hand, it is nice to see that Team Fusion has done their homework and gone the extra mile to include tropical and non tropical versions of every aircraft that warrants it. It’s a nice touch!

No release date has been announced but hopefully we’ll know a little more about Team Fusion’s plans as the summer goes on. Stay tuned!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue 5 says:

    Looks great but no VR, no play…

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      VR has definitely become a killer feature. I know they have talked about VR support in the future but I think it’s still firmly in the future at the moment unless I’ve missed an announcement.

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      1. MrExplosion says:

        I asked them on their forums about it and the “official” answer was that they plan to release VR 6-9 months after the initial release. Thumbs firmly pressed here, since the game looks great with lots of aircrafts, clickable cockpits and a very nice setting.

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    2. Francesco Kasta says:

      +1. Unfortunately by the time they will add VR support (if ever) the sim is going to be seriously outdated. Even now it is lagging behind quite a bit and I doubt it will ever be a popular platform.

      Honestly though, albeit kind of wacky, CloD owns its charm. Not as well crafted as “Great Battles” but definitely a labor of love… unlike DCS WWII*. For this reason I wish Team Fusion great success!

      *certainly there is passion involved in the making of DCS WWII modules, yet the whole experience feels cold, like a bunch of features and items cobbled together.

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  2. BlueHeron says:

    For such an old engine, the graphics are absolutely stunning. Still DirectX 9 I assume.

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  3. MacTire says:

    This looks very promising, can’t wait to have a go at it.

    Graphics and interiors look awesome. If this is as good as it appears to be then it could be a credible alternative to Battle of… or DCS.

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  4. 79vRAF says:

    It’s an artificially inflated list with the original aircraft from Cliffs, look how many of them are different models of the Bf109. Around 20% of the plane set is the Bf109 and its variants.

    Given how long people have had to wait for this anyway, and there’s still no release date, it makes no sense to not launch with VR support if they can add it in a few months anyway. So many people are saying no VR no buy that it has to be in there from day one. Plenty of people who have switched to VR had ditched their Track IR so won’t be able to play this (no one goes from VR to a hat switch!). After the six, or more, years of waiting for this another couple of months isn’t going to make a great deal of difference.

    It’s just a shame that this means the IL2 Great Battles won’t be going to North Africa because I have a feeling they’d just be able to do a better job of it.

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    1. Novice-Flyer says:

      I really don’t think that there’s a brick wall around Battle of Britain, North Africa and MTO. I feel that the devs want to prioritize their resources to theatres and aircraft that would appeal more to most people, like Bodenplatte, Berlin. Later war aircraft. Even though an early war scenario would be pretty good and interesting, I feel that for now, it be more easier said than done for the devs. I don’t think Jason is saying no forever, but just not now for BoB and MTO. Jason can’t do every single battle in WW1 and WW2, so just be glad that someone has even decided to go to these areas; the quality of the product is what matters, Not who makes it.

      If you really feel that the devs should do the Battle of Britain and North Africa immediately after BoN, then go through the list of aircraft on this thread and put them into a 5v5 plane for each battle.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers

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      1. 79vRAF says:

        I believe it was made clear at the start that it was ring-fenced. If there has been a change in this policy I’d be happy to be proved wrong, but I’ve been under the impression for some time that this is it for the Med and it won’t be part of the BoX series. It wouldn’t make any sense for them to do it and duplicate the sales; given that the two are incompatible.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        I think you’re right on this. In my podcast episode with Jason we did recently, he did hint that they were trying not to cross the paths between the two to much.

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  5. Pattle says:

    Thanks to everyone for your collective comments. We have chosen to no go with VR on release, so as not to delay any further. It is one of our goals post release. Personally I think flying the Battle of Britain in VR will be massive for many people.

    Our priority post release is the new weather system. This is a very complex program, that when implemented, at no extra cost to owners, will be a huge game changer from an visual and immersion point of view.

    In the meantime, we are very proud of how the expansion is coming along. The reason I added all aircraft including variants was to show those who do not currently own Cliffs, that when buy Cliffs and the expansion, this is the list.

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  6. Lugubrious says:

    I still prefer the look and feel of Cliffs compared to Great Battles. Very much looking forward to this!

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    1. Francesco Kasta says:

      Fewer bells and whistles but definitely lots of substance!

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  7. Huckle says:

    Really looking forward to this, and it’s nice to peruse the full list of variants and consider flying priorities 🙂

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  8. Mischiew Rithe says:

    I agree with those who say that an artificial long list of aircraft is misleading. Actually, when I see that, my first reaction is to avoid the sim because coming from a small team it means there’s a big compromise somewhere. Here it’s not too bad since, for ex, each Bf-109 is good, it’s just that they all have the same behaviour!

    The shame is that TF is not using the same engine as 1CGS and is spending time on work that could be avoided. If Team Fusion were were a 3rd-party doing DLCs for 1CGS, they would save a lot of time and could focus only on the content, we would have a better result, and more choice for user-created missions.

    Unless I’m wrong and they finally agreed to use the same sim engine, but I think it’s not the case, TF started from the code of IL-2: CoD, for which they bought the rights, then forked and did a more or less similar job on the engine than 1CGS did on their side.

    I suppose that when they signed this agreement, TF didn’t see the roadmap 1CGS had, and wanted to “save” CoD, which was not possible with the new engine, but that was a short-term plan.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I think the aircraft list will pan out alright. Team Fusion has been working on this for a long time and I think we’ll see a quality release on the aircraft front.

      You are right that there are questions I think on what the long term plan is. There could be a next gen plan coming for the whole of the IL-2 series that leverages Team Fusion and 1CGS. More than a few have suggested that. We’ll see what happens I guess!

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      1. Francesco Kasta says:

        Now that would be an interesting turn of events!

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