What would we fly over the Pacific?

Battle of Kuban is slated to arrive in December of 2017 with the earliest aircraft from the early access period arriving sometime before the end of this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to future battles in the series. In a fairly definitive statement, the team at 1CGS is set to complete…

On flight model controversies

The great flight model debate is something that has been going on since I started following online communities that involved flight simulators. If its a simulator of some kind then you can bet there is a multi-page debate about it somewhere. On the face of it, a good debate on the relative merits of an…

Learning a little about IL-2s new campaign

Part of the IL-2 Battle of Kuban announcement was a piece tucked away about a new campaign system based on the one used in Rise of Flight. The new campaign system would replace the current one with something more substantial and it would do it retroactively across three products. Its an ambitious arrangement releasing not…

Combined arms in IL-2 is really cool

Over a year ago, 1CGS released a patch for IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad that enabled player controllable tank warfare in the game. Tanks, in a flight simulator is just something that hasn’t really been done very much. DCS has Combined Arms and War Thunder has an armored tank mode. I have no experience with the…

Flying over the Pacific

It is clear from recent updates from the IL-2 dev team that after the Battle of Kuban is complete, the 1CGS team will be working on bringing us at least a couple of battles from the Pacific. The timeline on this puts IL-2: Battle of Kuban as complete in December of 2017 and Battle of…

Battle of Kuban pre-order opens today

Have you been waiting like I have for the Battle of Kuban pre-order to go up on the official store? Well…today is the day! Battle of Kuban Premium Edition pre-order is now on the store for $69.99 USD (or $92 Canadian… ouch) with a $10 early pre-order discount. This is fairly standard pricing for the…

Kuban’s Red Stars

I’ve already written up some details about the new aircraft joining the lineup for the Luftwaffe so now its time to explore what we’re getting for the VVS. For the first time the lineup includes a good variety of Lend Lease aircraft – those are aircraft leased to the Soviet Union by the United States…

IL-2 gets a mention in a Kotaku highlight reel

Flight sims tend to get ignored by the mainstream gaming press. It’s been a long time since PC Gamer, Kotaku or any press of any kind mentioned a combat simulator of any kind. DCS, IL-2, Falcon, they all get written off as esoteric and too niche for them to cover. Today, we got a little…

A Q&A with IL-2’s Jason Williams

Earlier today, Jason Williams, the current Producer for IL-2 took to the official TeamSpeak server to talk all things IL-2 related including Battle of Kuban and future features and titles. At the Q&A were approximately 50 people all signed in asking questions and listening to the answers from Jason. The crowd was an international one…

The Luftwaffe over the Kuban

With the announcement of IL-2: Battle of Kuban we get some spectacular aircraft to fly in an all new battleground. I wanted to do some of my own research to find out what each of these types represents. I also wanted to explore how these new aircraft fit into the overall product – beyond just…

Flight simmers are a different kind of fan

I’ve maintained for some time that a flight sim fan is a different kind of gaming fan than your average gamer. Gamers are a diverse group and so it would be unwise to generalize too much. That said, I think its important to recognize that our flight sim community has a few special features that…

Battle of Kuban Announced

Future plans for the IL-2 series have been revealed with a major announcement by IL-2’s Producer Jason Williams revealing that the Battle of Kuban will be the next installment in the series. Jason’s announcement on the IL-2 forums came packed with a ton of information surrounding the next installment as well as their future plans….