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