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IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey demo soars to one million downloads


The demo for IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has reached one million downloads, according to a press mailer from 505 and IC Company.

One million downloads is a lot for a demo, and the staggering number includes bit XBL and PSN downloads combined.

Full press release is posted after the break, and the game is out this month for DS, PS3, PSP and Xbox 360.

Milton Keynes, UK – September 2nd 2009 – 505 Games, in collaboration with 1C Company, today announced that the two mission demo for IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has reached a staggering one million downloads on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network combined. The highly anticipated WWII aerial combat title will hit the shelves in Europe on 4th September for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP and DS.

"IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey is arguably our most ambitious title yet, so it is particularly satisfying to have reached one million downloads and counting," commented Ian Howe, Managing Director of 505 Games. "A lot of hard work has gone into recreating the look and feel of WWII era aircraft and environments, but ultimately we can only say so many good things before gamers make their own minds up and play for themselves. We're delighted so many have chosen to download the demo and the feedback leading up to the launch has been fantastic."

Based around large-scale aerial combat over the ground-based military operations of World War II, variety is at the heart of the action in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. Players participate in the most famous confrontations of the era piloting fighters, battle planes or heavy bombers across a range of missions. There are six theatres of war in which to engage – The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Korsun – representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.

As well as taking environmental and landscape visuals to new heights by incorporating satellite technology, IL-2 also boasts a tangible damage effects engine. Players will see real-time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dogfights. IL-2 will support up to 16 players in multiplayer aerial combat set across 4 scenarios - Dogfight, Team Battle, Strike and Capture the Airfield.

IL2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey will be published by 505 Games in collaboration with 1C Company on 4th September 2009 for Xbox 360, PS3, DS and PSP. The playable demo for Xbox 360 and PS3 are available to download now from Marketplace and PSN. For the latest information visit the official website at or follow on Twitter

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