Working my way through Ten Days of Autumn

When Ten Days of Autumn was announced as the first paid campaign for the IL-2 series, I was skeptical. I bought it to support the developers and $9.99 seemed a worthwhile way to try out the new Scripted Campaign system and to see if a pay for campaign would be worth the money. I’m onto…

Cold Winter campaign review

Mission builders have been busy creating campaigns for players to work their way through since IL-2 added Scripted Campaigns back into the series in the December patch. Cold Winter is a remake of the Blinding Sun campaign from the original IL-2 and though the presentation is a little rough – the missions themselves are outstanding….

War Thunder adds B-10B, Spit IIb update

Gaijin continues their impressive pace of updating and adding to War Thunder with two new aircraft arrivals – complementing the massive number of new vehicles, tanks, and the impending release of their new naval battle feature. The B-10B is a new American bomber being added in the Tier 1 category as a Premium aircraft (you’ll…

More about the DCS World Normandy Map

The road to World War II flight in DCS World has been a long and winding one but there are signs of some serious progress as the Normandy map is progressing towards a more finished product. Expanding the map Early concepts of the map were more limited with just the landing grounds and immediate area…

Battle of Moscow 40% discount until March 6

Yesterday it was announced that a new promo-code system would be started to offer sales from the IL-2 Sturmovik store outside of normal Steam sale dates. The first one is here with a 40% discount on IL-2: Battle of Moscow! The word from Jason Williams: We’re excited to announce a new feature in our Store!…

DCS live stream will show off the new Normandy map

DCS continues to make in-roads in the World War II flight simulator genre (adding to their growing array of modern aircraft and scenarios) with an impressive looking Normandy map. We’ve seen a decent number of work in progress photos over the last year and now it looks like fans will be getting a more in-depth…

IL-2 VR support update, A-20B work in progress

Virtual reality support for the IL-2 series is coming in March with an open beta test of the game. This was big enough news in and of itself to warrant an update on popular PC hardware site Tom’s Hardware. We also got a work in progress look at the A-20B! VR support forthcoming VR support…

IL-2 scripted campaign progress

My time spent playing IL-2 is divided between quick flights in the Quick Mission Builder and more lengthy time spent playing multiplayer but when I’m not doing those two things I’m playing the new scripted campaign mode – and its been fun! In December the IL-2 series added the Scripted Campaign feature to the game…

New images of the Kuban map

Han posted this morning with a new IL-2: Battle of Kuban developer diary with a focus on what the Kuban map team has been working on. The big part of the update is really about the technology behind the scenes. The map team is using terrain features like height mapping, slope angle, and some random…

The mystery of why Red wins more missions than Blue in IL-2 multiplayer

The Wings of Liberty server is a popular one with IL-2 multiplayer pilots attracting relatively large numbers of players on a regular basis. In my experience it is the most consistently filled server available. Attracting large numbers of players, a wide variety of skills, and hosting hundreds of matches a month keeps things pretty exciting…

Rise of Flight previews the new IL-2 3D wave technology

In 2013, Rise of Flight debuted the Channel Map addition to the game which added a new series of campaigns covering the English Channel and northern France and Belgium. The Rise of Flight team took that opportunity to show off the power of the Digital Nature engine by putting in water physics above and beyond…

The history of the IL-2

The aircraft that inspired the creation of one flight simulator which lead to a sequel probably has some significance to it. The Ilyushin IL-2, numbering over 36,000 aircraft produced, is the most widely produced combat aircraft and the second most produced aircraft of all time (the Cessna 172 comes in first at 43,000). Popular defense…