IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II.
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Release Date: Oct 22, 2014

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October 27

Dev blog #137

Hello Everyone!

Let's start the today’s diary with a screenshot. This time you see the WIP model of a German Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) in summer clothing for the new Ju-52 Collector plane which is now in the final development stage.

Last Friday we began alpha-testing of a new version which includes DirectX 11. First results are promising; FPS has increased significantly even in cases when not all optimizations were included. Of course, some issues have presented themselves, but we have no doubts that debug will go smooth and release will not be too long. At the moment, work on transferring to DirectX 11 has included:
Beside DirectX 11 news, I would like to talk with you about a part of flight-simulation realism which affects the most important part of the sim – the role of a virtual pilot.

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October 20

Dev blog #136

Hello Everybody,

Several important things happened this week. First of all, we released the new update 2.004 yesterday with many changes and improvements which are listed in detail here:

In addition, work on the 3D models of the Yak-1b Series 127 and Ju-52 3mg4e is finished and we are working on their physics models and the new mission types for the Ju-52. We plan to finish Yak-1b Series 127 physics and begin its beta test next week.

Moreover, we will begin the tests of the DirectX 11 renderer as soon as this week. This will be an alpha test and if it goes well, we'll add it to beta together with the new Yak.


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“While IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is still approachable to folks who have yet to unbox their first flightstick, it should have plenty to offer for veterans of air combat”

“One thing’s for sure, any aircraft that does find its way into this sim is going to be rivet-perfect visually and bally persuasive in the flight modelling department”

“Although IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is simple enough to play, it also features a lot of depth and technical detail. This is much more a deep simulation than the free-to-play flight games that are very popular right now”

About This Game

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II. Better quality of content, bigger scale , new physics, more realistic aerodynamics and new game elements set this title apart from all which came before. We have only one goal - To give you a New Higher Level of Immersion!

Key Features:

  • Robust Single-Player Campaign that features a challenging and innovative AI system. Includes an extensive in-game achievement system that allows players to unlock historically based airplane modifications and upgrades as your campaign progresses.
  • Realistic graphics and unique visual effects: clouds, lightning, tracers, explosions and huge smoke plumes - all of them fully realized to recreate the aerial combat scenerey of war time Stalingrad.
  • Flexible Quick Mission mode that allows you to create your own custom combat scenario in just a couple of minutes.
  • Classic Multiplayer gameplay with dedicated player controlled servers with your favorite settings for team battles and dogfight duels.

  • Realistic sounds and physics, detailed aircraft systems modeling, advanced aerodynamics and state-of-the-art flight modeling gives you a real sensation of flight.
  • Become an ace fighter pilot or try your hand at flying attack planes and bombers where you can destroy tanks, trucks, AAA batteries, artillery units and even armoured trains.
  • Control your plane with either joystick or mouse keeping a highest level of simulation fidelity and accuracy.
  • For those that won’t make it back to base, each plane comes equipped with a handy parachute!

  • Hone your skills versus AI or join multiplayer where you can fight in the air or on the ground, manning T-34-76 or Pz III Ausf L tanks.
  • Control a plane or tank all by yourself or have your friend aim a tank gun or a bomber turret.
  • Unique and detailed damage model lets you use the pros and cons of various aircraft and tanks to your advantage.
  • Adjust the tank aiming sights for distance and view the tank interior just as a plane cockpit!

  • Action takes place on a 358 х 230 km map - The largest and most detailed recreation of the Battle of Stalingrad theatre ever modeled in a flight simulation with unique structures, buildings and landscapes.
  • Single-Player Campaign scenario follows the real chronology of the battle starting with Operation Uranus on November 19th, 1942 and continues to the complete liberation of the city on February 2nd, 1943.
  • Ten Legendary aircraft of the era have been thoroughly re-created using original drawings and blueprints from the Central archive of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
  • Precise simulation of the flight model allows everyone to learn the special character and limits of each and every plane in the game. Use each of their special abilities and performance characteristics to complete your mission and survive the brutal fight.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows®
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2.6 GHz / Intel® Core™ i5/i7 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260/Radeon HD5850, with 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: 64-bit Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7770, with 2GB VRAM, or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: DirectX®-compatible flight stick recommended
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
spent about 2 hours setting the controls only to crash on take off. i will get better at this i swear! :^)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
149.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
IL2 Stalingrad and Moscow have really come a long way since first released (more like a rough work in progress Beta initially). They have been good about releasing on-going upgrades, and though not perfect, I think its better than alternatives out there for the mix of sim and immersion. Not as sim as the prior Cliffs of Dover, but MUCH more playable (without the 3rd party Mods, it was broken). DCS has some great stuff as well, but missing the WWII environment (or not without a lot of modding effort). With their recent Kuban expansion plans, it shows commitment to meaningful continued improvements. I'm really glad I hung in there and have seen IL2 develop to the point it is now, especially with the pending improvements.

As for gripes, I believe they have a bit of Soviet bias in the modeling, but its liveable and I hope it sees some tweaks. Single player "story" at the moment is a bit weak, but once flying in game, its good. Kuban related releases upcoming are addressing the single player aspect.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
As a fan of flight sims, this simulator really is one of my faves.

Going in the Il-2 and taking the beatings like I do and flying like gucci makes my ego trip go through the surface ceilling.

German fighters are good when you feel like being a heartless hawk.

Overall I just love it. I always have fun with this sim.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Love every single thing about this game
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
won't start on windows 10 anymore.

Never, ever buy anything from "1C Game Studio" ; they're just copying & pasting the same game over and over, changing one texture and two building locations to create a "new game" every now and then.

They'll do anything to get more and more money from you, without actually providing anything new.

They even forced you to UNLOCK planes and modules ... isn't that crap supposed to be a simulator and not a rpg ??

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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I must explain: 150 $ and you will receive the "best" air combat simulation around (at least, of the last years).
But this "best" is far from perfect and a great graphics (and superb models) don't hide a terrible AI and a game that is only a better version of Rise of Flight with little modification.

This would be a good game for around 50 $ (it's surely an AAA game). But this is not Microsoft Flight Simulator. I cannot accept to buy, for 50 $ dollars, ONLY a couple of planes and one battle stage.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is more cheap and have a (way) better tech value!
This have to change. It's frankly ridicolous and you have to buy ALSO all the other packs in the future.
Want a new (poor) campaign? Here, another 50 $! And this become 49,99 € in Europe!

I have to say again: you cannot sell a game in this state for this price, is pratically a fraud, because there is no way to justify the cost!

So, I will play it again? Sure, I've already bought it, but I've done with 777 Studios, I think they are one of the less professional game developers around, and continue to grab (a lot of) money for every cheap S**T they produce as DLC!!!
Why I have to buy every single plane? Every single campaing? Every single module?
Just release BIG DLC, BIG updates!
This is not the new IL-2! It's a stupid version of ROF with WW2 planes!

Oh, and if you prefer multyplayer, just stick with Wargames and so: at the end, an annual premium account is cheaper...
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great game has come along way in graphics compared to the earlier Il2 games controls are easy to learn you may need to do a few key mappings or at least check what the mappings are before you take to the skies fun multiplayer i have an issue with using the mouse to fly though alot of the time you end up clicking out of the game just when you go in for the kill reccomend using a joystick for best results
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Awesome graphics, lots of fun so far
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I enjoy now, I know how to start plane
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
All I have to say is it looks good as well as feels good
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11.4 hrs
Posted: October 27
10/10 would shoot down enemy and then crash into tree and crash land right next to him..... Again
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Luka, The Grand Master
7.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
I dont write reviews, but i must say, this development team and company should be proud of themselves. This combat sim, is the single best accomplishment second to none. DCS and every combat sim since Jet 2.0 in 1989 or their abouts I've played, and this team has wowed me.. didnt think it was possible, but they have done it. A 10/10, please continue to develop, Much Love from Australia and Jesus give you strength to continue to do good Job.
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91.7 hrs
Posted: October 25
I don't write reviews, I don't like to waste the time, unles... it's deserved.

People who have complained about this game are generally the type to complain about everything. Sure, the AI is off but can you make a human AI moving in all 4 dimensions while also paying attention to relative physics and analyzing and thinking ahead to their next move? Yes, but not at this level. To make an AI like that is hard; expectations are too high if you think otherwise. Also, this game is mostly about playing online, just like every other game. There are dynamic servers that create fronts that change based on team progress, etc.

The game, a true sim. Damage model is exceptional, HE rounds explode, AP rounds pierce, fragments fly off the plane and can hit yours if you're too close. Good bullet drop rates, considers grain and powder, doesn't disappear after x distance. Planes handle well, you can feel their weight; you need to consider the weight of ordinance and fuel vs power/lift. True considerations. Engine management is critical; you must be considerate of RPM, manifold pressure, oil/water temp, drag from cowls (+/-30kmph can make a huge difference), prop pitch, supercharger gearing, mixture ratio, fuel amount...

If you like games where you just feel neurotic running around shooting people, this isn't for you. If you are more an engineer type, where you like to adjust settings, dial in values, problem solve, and then profit, then there is no turning back. There is a huge element of excitement though, and it requires cunning and planning, like chess. Long fights where it takes 3 minutes of flying while holding onto your kinetic energy to set up a shot, so rewarding. To pepper the wing, and see it destablize and vibrate then rip off is so rewarding. On the recieving end, to have your rudder or elevator peppered, with minimal stick you can make it home; sometimes that alone is the victory.

This is easily the best game I have ever played. To enjoy it you need to have patience,, foresight, and a maturity that understands that you are not the God of war. You are not the God of flight. If you're lucky, you will live.

I rate this game: existential paralysis/10
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68.7 hrs
Posted: October 22

We are living in the GOLDEN AGE of simulation , again with this simulation.
Do not be fooled by the negative reviews. This sim is CONSTANTLY evolving in the BEST way.

The true successor of Oleg Maddox IL2 1946

What I love the most is the immersion,
It is really like we are in a real plane (I am a real life pilot)
The impression of speed is much better than the old IL2

And above all , The dev team is really willing to make this sim a very good one, in the old IL2 spirit and even better.
Their passion about warbids, their dedication .
Recently some good changes in the direction have been made and they are listening the community a lot!
Proof:, among many thing, the community wanted a flyable Junkers 52...
The dev team has listen it and it will be available before the end of 2016. We can even preorder it (among other planes like the Yak) in the official website.
Also there are no more unlock.
Patch after patch, they are improving this sim. Next improvement to come is DX11 which will increase the frame per second .

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22.7 hrs
Posted: October 21
Taxiing: Bloody hard. Tailspins...sheesh....crazy stuff. But once you get sorted, pointing straight down the runway open the throttle slowly...and away you your oil radiator, inlet/outlet cowls a bit...and varoom, you're flying. After the learning curve of taking off, flying the planes is a short lived relief...then you gotta spend a few hours or more learning how to land without cracking up your airplane. It's really frustrating in the beginning, so be prepared to practice these things again and again. Then there's combat. By Gum there's stone cold air aces out there, and they will flame you more than you like until you learn the rudiments of combat. I recommend trying against the AIs for a bit, till you get a bit more comfy with combat, including the fact that these aircraft can be very unforgiving on you if you abuse them. Spins will be common, and half the fun is learning how to get out of them. I find Cliffs of Dover to be a better sim in many ways, but this one is no slouch. It is also a lot of fun with a great community of "pilots" yes, I recommend it. 4/5 stars.
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