Two pieces of news out of the 1CGS team detailing the B-26 Marauder for IL-2: Battle of Normandy and a plan to improve the hardware input configuration system adding custom input profiles. Let’s have a look!
IL-2 Great Battles predecessor, Rise of Flight had the ability to assign key maps and joystick curves to custom input profiles. These could be applied to just a single aircraft or across the entire range of aircraft. That feature is set to make a return in the IL-2 series according to the latest developer diary.
The screenshots released this week are considered an early effort and Jason Williams, the series Executive Producer, reports that this is an ‘early draft’ of the system that they are building. The key takeaway is that a long requested feature is making its way into the sim!
B-26 AI model now in the sim
The other news is that the team is working on finishing up on the B-26 Marauder for IL-2: Battle of Normandy. We’ve learned that the team is modeling a B-26B Block 55 model that was common in the skies over Normandy. The Marauder has an interesting reputation as both a challenging aircraft to fly as well as one that became highly effective in the USAAF and the aircraft played a key role in attacking tactical targets while the B-17 and B-24 rose to prominence in the strategic role.
This week’s diary talks a bunch about the aircraft, its role in filling out the Battle of Normandy experience, and Jason’s grandfather served in B-26s during WWII.
As of right now, the B -26 remains an AI model but I know many of you will see a bomber and jump at the chance of maybe flying it some day. I hope for this too and having this quality exterior model certainly helps to move the needle towards that. In the meantime, check out these screenshots.