I’ve seen questions recently around the IL-2 community about the revised fuel system and drop tanks and if they are still coming. The answer is yes and there are both some clues in the latest patch as well as comments from the team that help to answer what the status is.
Two step dance
1CGS are busy building some new functionality into their aircraft with the Bf109 as the testbed for later inclusion on other aircraft. This process involves adding a more detailed and robust simulation of fuel systems on these aircraft.
In a post by Sketch on the IL-2 forums, he notes that there are new keybindings revealed in the controls section after the latest patch that give us a sense of what they are planning to do. Fuel selector and pump switches as well as fuel dumping and tank jettison buttons have all appeared in the controls.
In a separate thread, the devs were asked about the fuel tanks update. Jason Williams, the Executive Producer for the series, reported back that the systems update has some issues and is still being worked on. Here’s what he said:
They are connected to our Fuel System update which has had issues getting finished after testers found various issues. So still in development.Jason Williams
The wait has been long for both drop tanks and a more sophisticated fuel modelling system, but it still sounds like we’re close to seeing it release. Stay tuned folks!