Following the release of Flying Circus Volume 1 1C Games studio’s have also released Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka into early access. As is with Flying Circus Vol 1 this is very much an early access title and at launch today will only include two tanks – the formidable Russian Kv-1s and Germany’s fearsome PzKpfw. VI Ausf.H1 “Tiger” which was commanded by such notable tanks commanders as Michael Wittmann and Paul Egger. Over the next 14 months of development the team will release a further 8 tanks used on the Eastern Front which will include:
T-34-76 model 1943
PzKpfw. III Ausf.M
PzKpfw. IV Ausf.G
PzKpfw. V Ausf.D “Panther”
PzKpfw. VI Ausf.H1 “Tiger”
Sd. Kfz. 184 “Ferdinand”
The team have also announced they plan to bring some AA vehicles into the game as a separate DLC and have already identified the GAZ-MM + 72K and Sd. Kfz. 10 + Flak38 as being vehicles they want to bring to the game. As with Flying Circus the development for Tank Crew is also being done by and external team with the assistance of the IL-2 development team and for Tank Crew the team is called DigitalForms who are based in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
One of the benefits of sharing the game engine with IL-2 is that along with the 10,000 sq. km. map of the battle area around Prokhorovka Tank Crew can also be played on any existing IL-2 map which will create fantastic joint multiplayer with tanks and planes on one server. For multiplayer you can multi-crew with up to four playable stations in each crew – Commander, Driver, Gunner, Radioman/Machine-gunner wit the interiors all faithfully re-created in 3D
You can buy Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovkahere at the official IL-2 store.
Flying Circus has been released in early access today, this is very much early access as it only includes two planes – the SPAD 13 and Fokker Dr.1 and the existing Lapino maps standing in for WW1 France. WW1 sims have seen some real classics over the years from Microprose’s Knights of the Sky, Dynamix Red Baron and Red Baron II, Rowan Software’s Flying Corps and of course more recently Neoqb’s Rise of Flight. Rise of Flight had a slow start and the project nearly floundered had it not been for 777 Studio’s stepping in and taking on the project. What followed was controversial for some as they released planes individually that players could purchase – something that was fairly new to the flight sim genre. Rise of Flight went from strength to strength, it was realistic, had good multiplayer capability, a great single player campaign and gorgeous visuals thanks to the Digital Nature Engine that went on to power 1C’s reboot of the IL-2 franchise back in 2014. Fast forward to 2018 and 777 Studio’s have now become 1C Games and have produced four games in the IL-2 series and at the end of last year announced two spin-off titles called ‘Flying Circus’ and ‘Tank Crew’.
Flying Circus is the spiritual successor to Rise of Flight and will fully utilise the latest version of 1C’s game engine now called the Digital Warfare Engine to add features such as VR headset support, higher poly count 3d models, higher detail terrain and higher resolution textures. The game is being developed by a an independent group under the supervision of 1C Games called Yugra Media as the IL-2 team is still a small studio compared to most and splitting time over the IL-2 series, Flying Circus and Tank Crew would be impossible. This is not just a quick and dirty port of assets from Rise of Flight into Flying Circus but a complete remake inside the new engine so don’t expect every piece of content from RoF to appear straight away.
The map will be approximately 100 km x 100 km and centres on the Arras sector of the Western Front and will include towns such as Arras, Cambrai, Lille, Amiens and St. Quentin and No-Mans-Land.
The team plan to add larger maps for future volumes but its not been determined how big these will be. In terms of aircraft there will be 10 aircraft in Volume 1 and to save time the flight models from Rise of Flight will be used, although there is no reason why the flight models from Rise of Flight couldn’t be used as they were already very detailed. The ten flyable planes in Volume 1 are as follows:
– SPAD 13 C.1
– Sopwith Dolphin
– Sopwith Camel
– RAF S.E.5a
– Bristol Fighter
– Albatros D.Va
– Fokker Dr.1
– Fokker DVII
– Pfalz D.IIIa
– Halberstadt CL.II
You can buy Flying Circus Volume 1 here at the official IL-2 store
As part of their recent closer integration with Steam 1C Games has released a load of additional content on the Steam store which has previously only been available through their official online store. 1C recently gave Steam customers the ability to tie their Steam and official IL-2 site accounts together for greater flexibility. You can currently get up to 66% off selected items on the store with discounts available across the range of products.
-66% off for Battle of Stalingrad (On special July 14 -15 only on Steam. July 13-20 on website)
Eagle Dynamics have been working on a new module for DCS World which packages together a series of aircraft focussing on East vs West hardware. Eagle Dynamics has also announced that coming this autumn will be a new dedicated server package that won’t need to run any graphics so therefore forgo the need for a decent graphics card and therefore make running a server a lot cheaper than it currently is. Expect to see Modern Air Combat this autumn.
Developed by the same studio that brought you the wildly successful Lock On, Modern Air Combat (MAC) brings you one game with 14 unique combat aircraft to own the sky! MAC aircraft include:
• F-15C Eagle. US air superiority fighter with 104 kills to 0 losses record.
• Su-27 Flanker B. Russia’s dominate air superiority fighter.
• Su-33 Flanker D. The Russian navy’s carrier capable version of the Flanker B.
• J-11A Flanker B+. The Chinese version of the Flanker B, with R77 active homing missiles.
• MiG-29 Fulcrum A. Russia’s widely exported light-weight air superiority fighter.
• MiG-29S Fulcrum C. The modernised verson of the Fulcrum with latest weapons and defences.
• A-10A Warthog. The USAF’s massively successful ‘flying tank’, designed to kill ground targets.
• Su-25A Frogfoot. Russia’s primary ground attack and close air support jet.
• Su-25T Frogfoot. A modernised version of the Frogfoot with enhanced sensors and weapons.
• F-86F Sabre. America’s iconic top fighter during the Korean War.
• MiG-15bis Fagot. Russia’s 1st generation jet fighter that opposed the Sabre over Korea.
• F-5E Tiger II. The US light-weight fighter that has been operational since the Vietnam War and operated by over 30 countries.
• MiG-21bis Fishbed. Russia’s most successful fighter of the Vietnam war. A supersonic fighter that closely matches the Tiger II.
• L-39ZA. A Czech designed, two seat trainer that was then adapted to a light attack aircraft.
MAC is a module of DCS World and not a separate product.
Each aircraft’s flight model, sounds, external model and cockpit is recreated to an exceptional level of detail and accuracy. Great care has been given to offer scalable gameplay that suits your personal levels and wishes. This includes intuitive and consistent keyboard controls between aircraft, selectable difficulty settings, option for more forgiving flight dynamics, and even the ability to fly these aircraft with just your keyboard.
As with Lock On and the Flaming Cliffs series, MAC is focused on east and west counterpart aircraft, and this includes such legendary match-ups such as the Eagle and Flanker, Warthog and Frogfoot, Sabre and MiG-15bis, and the F-5E and MiG-21bis. MAC is a blend of both east and west, and this allows you to re-fight historical conflicts from the Korean War to today, and to create your own ‘what-if’ missions.
You can generate an unlimited number of missions using the Fast Mission Creator and Mission Editor. MAC also includes numerous instant action and single missions, as well as campaigns for most of the aircraft and is fully compatible with DCS World online! There are no limits to content.
In addition to the full Caucasus map, MAC also includes a limited part of our Nevada and Persian Gulf maps.
Key Features of MAC:
• 14 exceptional combat aircraft from the United States, Russia, China and Czech Republic.
• Shallow learning curve with consistent key controls between aircraft, and easy to fly with just a keyboard.
• Professional level flight models, but with option for forgiving flight dynamics.
• Play instant action, single missions and campaigns for most aircraft in single player or fly online.
• Supports Virtual Reality like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality.
• Includes the Caucasus map and portions of Nevada and the Persian Gulf.
• Purchase MAC aircraft individually or as a pack at a reduced price.
Flaming Cliffs 3 owners can purchase the MAC pack at a great discount.