I would have written this post a great deal more quickly but I accidentally got Stoned while doing a quick spot of research. Fear not - nobody's been pelting me with rocks and I haven't decided that the only way to write about flight sims is in a herbal haze. I did make the mistake of checking the writings of Tim Stone in historical Flare Path briefings and that was, as ever, like entering a world of exciting things that I know so little about. Did you know that pilots in WWI flight sim, Rise of Flight, have sidearms in the cockpit with them? 777 Studios were behind that game and 1C have handed them development duties on the WWII Eastern Front sequel.
Without original air-machine maestro Oleg Maddox, IL-2 might be considered a follow-up in name and setting rather than spirit. Jason Williams, President of 777, has this to say:
“The 777 Studios team is very excited to be partnering with such a publisher and developer like 1C. Their passion and support for PC combat flight-simulation as well as historical warfare titles has always been a blessing to these genres and we look forward to producing an excellent product for the Sturmovik legacy and continuing to bring additional content to our existing Rise of Flight product line.”
The initial release, not expected until 2014, will focus on the Battle of Stalingrad and "will include both single-player and multi-player scenarios for virtual pilots to enjoy as well as brand new gameplay modes...add-on content and additional features and theatres [will] follow."
The last flight sim I spent serious time with was Dawn Patrol.