IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
|IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad|
|Developer(s)||1C Game Studios|
|Release date(s)||Beta WW November 19, 2013
|Genre(s)||Combat flight simulator|
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a World War II combat flight simulator released in 2013. A combined effort of 1C Company, the publisher of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, and 777 Studios, developers of Rise of Flight, it inherits the name IL-2 Sturmovik from the IL-2 Sturmovik franchise series (2001-2011) and is included in the general series although it runs the DirectX 9 Rise of Flight game engine, known as Digital Nature and originally created in 2009. This new entity is making the first IL-2 game since the original developer, Maddox Games, was dissolved by 1C.
Theater of operations
Development and release
After 1C Game Studios halted development for IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, they officially announced development for IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad in December 2012. Although the release date was originally planned for the first quarter of 2014, the game kept going in the beta stage until October 2014. Those who had pre-ordered the Premium Edition of the game received access to an early alpha on the 19th of November 2013, while those who had pre-ordered the Standard Edition received access to the alpha on the 20th of December 2013. The Standard Edition's full version of the game spent almost a whole year to be released, until October 20, 2014.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the 11th installment in the IL-2 Sturmovik series, but dealing with the game engines used in the series, it does belong to the third generation of IL-2 Sturmovik games.
Flyable planes in the game
From November 2013 to October 2014, the owners of the Premium Edition had access to an alpha version of the game, with two flyable planes, the Russian fighter Lavochkin LaGG-3 and the German fighter Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4. As of October 22, 2014, with the release of the Standard Edition's full version, the flyable planes of the game are distributed as follows:
- Owners of the Standard Edition acquire the eight following flyable planes:
- The Russian fighter Lavochkin LaGG-3
- The German fighter Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4
- The Russian fighter Yakovlev Yak-1
- The German fighter Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2
- The single-seat version from 1942 of the Russian attack aircraft Ilyushin Il-2 AM-38
- The German dive bomber Junkers Ju 87D-3
- The German twin-engine bomber Heinkel He 111 H-6
- The Russian twin-engine bomber Petlyakov Pe-2
- Owners of the Premium Edition acquire the eight flyable planes of the Standard Edition and, in addition, the two following:
- IL-2 Sturmovik (video game)
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
- Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War
- Digital Combat Simulator
- War Thunder
- December 11, 2012: The 1C Game Studios website announces not only the creation of the company (by means of the association of 1C Company and developer 777 Studios) but also the development of the incoming simulator IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
- May 8, 2014: Developer Diary official announcement of the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad simulator release
- November 19, 2013: Early access now open, official announcement of the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad simulator release, for Premium Edition owners
- October 22, 2014: We proudly present to you..., official announcement of the release of the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Standard Edition.
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, game's official website
- 1C Game Studios, game's developer website