The 1CGS team continues to work hard on an issue that has bugged a great many of us in IL-2: Great Battles – aircraft spotting. Some improvements to this feature are on the way and three new videos are showing off what the revised system is looking like with the new haze features working as well. Let’s have a look!
The most frustrating part of the IL-2: Great Battles experience, particularly in multiplayer, is spotting. For whatever reason, it came up more on the radar in the last year and although it has been improved somewhat there’s still room to do better.
In some situations, having my wingman and I complete a 180 degree turn, knowing we’re close to each other, but still utterly unable to see one another until we narrowed our field of view and finally been able to spot has been troublesome. So have practically invisible aircraft that came out of nowhere. A quick check of the track later and sure enough, they were there, but I wouldn’t have likely ever seen them while scanning the sky even though they were within visual range.
The last time improvements were made, we were able to see aircraft further away but once they got in close they seemed to disappear again. Many didn’t like the system and so many servers turned it off too meaning I only ever saw it in single player. Now we’re making some progress towards a unified system that we’ll hopefully be standardized on come the next patch.
New videos out
Jason Williams has released three new videos showing off the effect of the new haze system has on clear, medium and heavy haze weather conditions. I recommend watching these at 1440p or above as that is where the YouTube compression system is least intrusive.
The higher the amount of haze, the more it seems easy to spot aircraft close up because they contrast more and are clearer than the terrain behind them. On clear days you’ll likely be able to spot aircraft further away but with slightly less contrast. It should make for some interesting scenarios and I am glad to see more weather conditions enter into IL-2: Great Battles.
Look for these improvements in the next patch.