We have this week’s developer diary update from the 1CGS team and for the second week in a row we have a focus on the Battle of Normandy title that is in development right now. Two features are the focus of this week’s update including some new information on the Fw190A-6 including some interesting notes on the types of upgrades available and a sneak peek at a new feature that will let us put squadron letters and numbers on the sides of aircraft. Let’s have a look!
Fitting the Fw190A-6 in
Of the aircraft on the list coming for Battle of Normandy, the Bf109G-6 Late and Fw190A-6 are perhaps the least interesting as we have ample versions already in the sim. That said, I maintain my appreciation for representing key types and making the sim accessible to those who may own just a single battle. The A-6 variant was key for Normandy operations and we’re getting more than just a stock Fw190A-6.
Today we’ve learned that we’ll also be getting the G-3 (standard jabo variant), G-3/R5 with underwing SC50 racks, and the A6/R2 Sturmjager. It’s this last one I want to focus on because the A-6/R2 was equipped to fight heavy bombers. It’s likely not an indication of heavy bombers coming to the sim just yet (although those new B-26 AI aircraft aren’t going to intercept themselves) but it is an indication of an interesting modification that put MK108 30mm cannons in the outboard wing positions. Combine the sharper handling A-6 with these MK108’s and we may have another situation like the Bf109G-6 Late where we have an interesting mix of capabilities that finds a kind of sweet spot in the series. We’ll have to see if that ends up being the case.
In the meantime… screenshots!
New decal system?
The update also comes with three screenshots and a somewhat cryptic remark about something that the team is working on that will improve all Great Battles series titles. That said, the screenshots do tell pretty much the whole story as it appears that 1CGS has finally found some time to incorporate a decal system into the sim.
All I can say is that these look great, they will be very useful to have, and I’m very curious to see how much customization will be available. I’m sure they won’t be able to cover every situation or scenario but even some amount of flexibility will give each and every plane with default markings a bit of individuality. Nice!