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IL-2 STURMOVIK: Cliffs of Dover to launch on March 25

Tuesday, 18th January 2011 17:05 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Ubisoft announced today that IL-2 STURMOVIK: Cliffs of Dover is to hit PC on March 25, a Battle of Britain affair taking in British, German and the Italian forces.

If you want a boxed copy, you’re going to have to buy it from the Ubisoft store. You’ll be able to download it as well, obviously.

According to the press release, this is what you’re going to get:

  • New aircraft: Incredibly detailed true-to-life modeling of aircraft systems based on thousands of hours of dedicated research. Every single aircraft component can be damaged for realistic and immensely satisfying results.
  • Flyable aircraft – Over a dozen famous and highly detailed English, German and Italian aircraft available, with all crew positions open to players. All flyable aircraft have been painstakingly researched, resulting in incredibly accurate cockpit interiors.
  • Non-flyable aircraft –13 additional AI-controlled aircraft are also available, created with the same attention to historical accuracy, for an even more varied and immersive combat environment.
  • Exciting Single-Player Campaign – The campaign thrusts the player into the middle of the battle. The player will join the British Air Force to fight the German forces and renegade pilots on his own side.
  • Massive multiplayer – Customizable modes range from simple deathmatch-style free-for-alls to epic, ongoing 128 player battles that can last hours, days, weeks, or even longer.
  • Interactive training – Comprehensive interactive training for new players – fly a real WWII trainer plane with a computer controlled instructor through a series of training missions.
  • Brand new setting – The battle will take place on a large area spanning London and southern England in the north, to Northern France and Belgium in the south. The huge map will contain thousands of historical cities, towns, roads, airfields, radar stations, ports, and industrial areas – all located exactly where they were in 1940.
  • New 3D engine – Latest-gen graphics engine with DX10 and DX11 API support. Huge variety of photorealistic ground vehicles, buildings and other environmental elements recreate minute details of 1940s Europe.
  • Customizable difficulty – Dozens of realism options allow newcomers to the franchise to reduce the difficulty and focus on the fun while learning the ropes of being a pilot.

A Collector’s Edition will also be available, featuring:

  • The game.
  • “A cloth pilot escape map,” showing “Battle of Britain strategic locations.”
  • A replica of the Pilot’s Notes on the Spitfire I Aeroplane, provided to RAF pilots during The Battle of Britain and reprinted from the RAF Museum original document.
  • A 150-page ring binder of pilot instructions.

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  1. Patrick Garratt

    Images and video in there now.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    Looks a lot like the old engine with new trim to me.

    IL-2 Sturmovik is definitely the best combat flight simulator out there, but it’s also a museum piece lacking a lot of the flash of newer ones.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    @DSB, “IL-2 Sturmovik is definitely the best combat flight simulator out there, but it’s also a museum piece lacking a lot of the flash of newer ones.

    I absoulutely agree with everything here. I think it’s just milking. I wish they could do a next big thing someday. Maybe…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    @3 Oleg Maddox, the lead designer on IL-2 Sturmovik is currently making a new series called Storm of War. It’s very quiet at the moment, with lots of sporadic reports, and little to really show for themselves. It’s gonna focus on WW2 and Korea, though.

    http://www.simhq.com/_air11/air_341a.html

    Aside from that, I don’t see much joy in the sim genre. DCS are making completely amazing combat simulators, but so far it’s only the KA-52 Blackshark and the upcoming A-10. I can definitely recommend those for nerds.

    Also hoping that Jet Thunder: Falklands is going to be great, but that’s a very slow project as well.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Old MacDonald

    Looks great. My uncle is going to love it.

    #5 4 years ago