The first of IL-2: Battle of Normandy’s content arrived today with patch 4.008 for IL-2: Great Battles. It, together with the Sd.Kfz.184 “Ferdinand” which is the last tank for Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka, marks two momentous occasions for the series. Let’s have a quick look at some of the patch highlights!
Thunderbolt to Ferdinand
The two newest vehicles to the IL-2: Great Battles Series are the P-47D-22 Thunderbolt for Battle of Normandy and the Sd.Kfz.184 “Ferdinand” for Tank Crew. The P-47 brings with it a whole series of updates for both the already released P-47D-28 as well as revised features for this aircraft as well. Roll rate, stall, and overall performance has been adjusted and both aircraft should be performing close to published specs.
I’ll be doing first impressions and full reviews further on down the line. In-fact I’ve declared July as Thunderbolt month as there’s a lot to talk about with the simulation of this aircraft.
The Sd.Kfz.184 “Ferdinand” is an interesting addition as well with it being one of only two tank destroyers or fixed gun tanks with no movable turret. It’s the last tank to be added to the current Tank Crew and at some point I will be checking this vehicle out as well.
New ‘Ice Ring’ campaign
BlackSix’s latest campaign is out. ‘Ice Ring’ puts you in an IL-2 Model 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad and putting you up against a wide variety of mission types that were flown during that battle. From Ju-52 transport intercept to recon to tank and artillery attack, this is a fun campaign that I will have a full review out on within the next few days. Stay tuned!
New 4K IL-2 Model 1941 skins
Keeping up with the 4K skin upgrades happening across the board for IL-2: Great Battles, community member Martin =ICDP= Catney has shown off his latest masterpiece with an upgrade of the Model 1941 version of the IL-2.
As usual that looks really sharp!
SRS comes to IL-2!
This one I’m really excited about. SRS or SimpleRadioStandalone has been used by virtual pilots in DCS World for years adding a VOIP system that is integrated within the sim. It adds realistic radio sounds and voice quality while keeping the player immersed into the sim. Tuning frequencies or radio channels mean that you can have different frequencies for ATC, combat, strike, etc. The best part is that it enables teamplay opportunities that may not happen with other voice options and in many cases is used alongside TeamSpeak or Discord.
Here’s what Jason Williams, IL-2’s Lead Producer had to say,
We have partnered with our friend Ciribob who is the creator of the SimpleRadio Standalone (SRS) app to give IL-2 native SRS support. Ciribob has made a special version of SRS for IL-2 that fits the needs of our simulation and community without making it overly complicated.Jason Williams, IL-2’s Lead Producer
Support has been built into IL-2 but it does need a separate SRS client from the one that is used with DCS World. For the full list of instructions on how to use SRS for IL-2, check the thread out here.
As usual, there’s a long list of updates with 74 being logged for patch 4.008. Check out the whole list of updates included right here!
More to come on the content of 4.008 as time goes on!