The latest IL-2 developer diary has given us new looks and detailed screenshots of the Typhoon Mark IB coming to IL-2: Battle of Normandy as well as a landing craft for the same project. There’s also a few tidbits of details in there on how development is going. We also have a cryptic message from Jason Williams that came out earlier this week that has people speculating on what the team may be revealing.
Progress on the Typhoon Mark IB looks to be moving along at a good pace. We’ve now seen the exterior model in-engine and fully textured previously and now we’re looking at the Typhoon’s cockpit. The cockpit is up to the usual level that we’ve come to expect and looks as good as the Tempest’s very similar office configuration with a few unique tweaks.
Of interesting note, we see the late war projected on the windscreen style of gunsight in these screenshots. The earlier images from the cockpit render also show the older style gunsight leading many to believe that we’ll see a modification that let’s us have both.
According to the diary update, the Typhoon is in an advanced stage of preparedness and will likely be delivered at the very beginning of summer. Depending on when the beginning of summer is for you (in the northern hemisphere) and depending on if you base it on meteorological summer or by more traditional calendar summer, that could be somewhere between May and June.
We’re getting a look at a new modeled ship for Battle of Normandy. There has been much debate on the ships and types that we might see. This first ship is an LCI(L) type of landing craft which means Landing Craft Infantry (Large). 923 were built and they were the largest beachable craft that was used during the D-Day invasion.
The update implies other ship types are in the works so I expect to see several more ships including smaller landing craft and potentially some warships.
What the heck does ‘DVD’ mean?
Jason Williams, IL-2’s Lead Producer, posted an update in his dedicated thread on the forum that has just three letter: DVD.
The post has lead to a 9-page speculation thread on the forum that has yielded only the tiniest of clues including a note from Jason that the reveal of what ‘DVD’ means will be coming next week.
Good news pilots and tankers. It has been decided that we will reveal what DVD is on Friday, well not tomorrow Friday, but the Friday after this Friday. So, next Friday.Jason Williams on the IL-2 forums
With big titles like Flying Circus Vol 2 announced and Battle of Normandy well underway, the biggest of guesses have been aimed at news of a new Tank Crew in the works. It’s also quite possible that it’s not a product announcement and that has lead to plenty of other speculation. We will know definitively in a week!