IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
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|IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover|
|Genre(s)||Combat flight simulator|
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is a World War II combat flight simulator developed by the Russian software house 1C:Maddox Games. It inherits the name IL-2 Sturmovik from the Il-2 Sturmovik classical series (2001-2009) and is considered as being a part of the series, but it runs its own game engine instead of sharing it with the classic series.
Development and release
During development the game was originally called Storm of War: Battle of Britain and scheduled as a November 2006 release. In January 2011 Ubisoft revealed the current name for the game and release date of 31 March 2011. Upon Russian and EU release, the developers acknowledged a number of serious bugs and performance issues. These were somewhat corrected via patches from 1C Maddox and further stabilized and enhanced by community patches from Team Fusion. In October 2012, it was revealed on the 1C forums that development had fallen short of the original goals and that 1C Maddox was unwilling to continue supporting the title. Cliffs of Dover was planned to be supplemented by a new theater, Moscow, but 1C chose not to develop this new software, instead incorporating a similar, Russian, theatre into the next title in the series, IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad.On 21 December 2016, it was announced that 1C Game Studios had come to an agreement with Team Fusion to cooperate on future releases of Cliffs of Dover, and grant Team Fusion access to the source code. The first official Team Fusion Simulations addon, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Blitz Edition, has been released in December 2017.
The game features 14 flyable aircraft and about 30 total aircraft including AI controlled planes upon release, including such iconic aircraft like the Supermarine Spitfire Mk I, the Hawker Hurricane Mk I, the Messerschmitt Bf. 109E, and the Junkers Ju 87B "Stuka". Subsequent patches from Team Fusion have increased the number of aircraft by adding variants of the existing planes. Cliffs of Dover is known for its complex and detailed damage modelling system, which models the aircraft's airframe, engine, cooling systems, and more, and accurately applies damage to the correct part of the correct system when hit by a bullet. The cockpits in the game are fully modelled in 3D, and many of the switches can be operated with the mouse.
The game features singleplayer mode, which can be played in campaigns, single missions, or user-created missions made with the in-game mission editor. It also features a multiplayer mode that can support up to 100 players as well as AI controlled planes. It is also possible to play in a co-op mode.
On 11 December 2012, a IL-2 Sturmovik sequel titled IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad was announced. The sequel is developed by 1C Company and 777 Studios which is the developer of the WWI flight simulator, Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War.
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