If you play single player IL-2 Great Battles (and I know a lot of you do), this patch should be a big boost to your enjoyment of the series as the new Advanced Quick Mission generator makes its big debut. The patch also introduces the biggest bomber of the Flying Circus series to-date in the form of the Breguet XIV.B2. Not too shabby! Let’s have a look!
Patch is out
The big feature here is of course the new AQM. The generator is based on the original Campaign system that came with Battle of Stalingrad and that was replaced when Battle of Kuban came out. This system made for a poor career or campaign as it offered no progression, however, the missions it generated were generally good. The 1CGS team have taken it a step further with more features and capabilities.
Moscow, Stalingrad, Kuban and Rhineland maps can all take advantage of the AQM and it comes with a mammoth list of possible missions you can choose from:
- Intercept bombers;
- Intercept ground attack planes;
- Intercept transport planes;
- Escort bombers;
- Escort ground attack planes;
- Column attack;
- Artillery position attack;
- Train attack;
- Airfield attack;
- Anti-shipping attack;
- Ground troops support;
- Ships support;
- Ships cover;
- Cargo delivery;
- Cargo paradrop;
- Special mission squad paradrop;
- Artillery position bombing strike;
- Railway station bombing strike;
- Airfield bombing strike;
- Supply dump bombing strike;
- Bridge bombing strike;
Flying Circus is not yet included in the AQM because the team is going to build AQM features into the updated Arras Sector map as well as the new Verdun Sector map. When those become available, I would expect that we’ll see AQM supporting those as well.
The other big feature of course is the new Breguet XIV.B2. With a maximum bombload of 360kg, this aircraft is capable of hauling more bombs to target than any other aircraft in Flying Circus so far and that should make it very interesting to fly. It’s also reasonably fast despite its armament capacity. I’ll be looking to fly and review this bomber soon!
Other features that have seen notable updates include projectile tracers seeing their brightness increased slightly. A-20 and B-25 bombers, when set to US as their nation type, will have new the more historically correct pilot models (including body armor and helmet). There’s also improved detailing of Fw 190 A3/A5/A6/A8 cockpits by Oyster_KAI.