Aircraft are coming to early access on IL-2: Battle of Kuban at what appears to be an accelerated rate. At least, compared to what Jason Williams, Producer for IL-2: Battle of Kuban, initially had told us about the release schedule. Has the schedule accelerated?
Status report on early access
So far we’ve seen updates starting in December that included the Bf109G-4, Bf110G-2, He111H-16 and the FW190A-5. With each patch, we’ve also seen updates to the overall series like DirectX 11 support and 4K texture support and even community modifiable 4K bump map support (for 4K rivets and other reflective textures).
This week Han reports that the team is polishing up version 2.009 which is slated to include Open VR support and a fully fledged version of support for the HTC Vive as well as the Oculus Rift. If you are a VR fan and have been waiting for the series to get VR support – the wait appears to be over. Bugs and issues notwithstanding.
The flight model engineers are working on the flight modeling for the IL-2 Model 1943 and Spitfire Mark Vb while the artists are working on the 3D models for the Yak-7B and Hs129B-2. We’ve seen their work previously on the Spitfire and an early flat texture version of the A-20B.
Accelerated aircraft release?
At this point, we’ve seen what appear to be completed models of both the IL-2 Model 1943 and the Spitfire Vb along with news that flight model engineers are working on, and presumably fine tuning, both of those aircraft as well.
Will update 2.009 include both the IL-2 and Spitfire? Will we see a more staggered release with the IL-2 first and Spitfire following it as was initially laid out in the notes that Jason provided to us in the last Q&A session late last year?
The dual release of the He111H-16 and FW190A-5 seemed to indicate an accelerated aircraft launch schedule though I don’t think we can read too far into that just yet. All of the types released so far represented modifications on existing aircraft rather than new types or heavily modified types so it will be interesting to see how quickly the Spitfire, Yak-7B, and Hs129B-2 arrive.
My secret hope
One hope I have been largely keeping to myself until now is based on the notion that the team is indeed ahead of schedule. If they are then might they be able to crank out a few more Collector Planes between the end of the Battle of Kuban and the beginning of Battle of Midway development? Or maybe the same artists are needed to help fill out structures and objects for the Kuban map and that this was all part of the plan.
Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, check out the latest dev diary!