It has garnered us a few more BoB recruits for sure. But interest peaked a few weeks after launch and just judging by Simhq traffic has halved in recent months as players fall away through frustration at unfixed issues (naff AI, broken radio commands, poor fps), plus, i suspect, the lack of US kites and theatres.
IL2 was a weirdo Russian niche sim until Just Flight opened it up to the world with the Battle Over Europe add on, which also added a dynamic campaign. The cash started to flow, Oleg saw the light and released the USAF heavy Aces Expansion pack. Then Pacific Fighters brought US simmers in droves.
While I am not complaining, as a BoB nut, I never understood why 1C would launch with the rather restricted BoB theatre, rather than going for the mass appeal potential of later war Europe where you can sell to the sentiment and preferences of flyers from Germany (FWs, Bf109G/K/210s or 262s), Russia (lend lease P39s, Yaks and IL2 redux), UK (Tempests, Mosquitos, Spit Vs, IXs and Lancasters), USA (B17s, P47s and P51s), and Italy in the Med (Reggianes and Macchis). You want to fly off carriers? Throw in a Malta map and the Ark Royal. Monty vs Rommel? Just include a desert map. It's so easy with late war Europe to include something for almost everyone.
How much time and effort did 1C lavish on the flyable Italian machines in Cliffs of Dover for the handful of simmers who fly them? I'd love to know how many units CoD has sold by featuring the 1940 Reggia Aeronautica vs what they could have sold in US and elsewhere with a few B26s, Mustangs or Jugs in their sim. I'm not
saying US simmers are so narrowminded they only want to fly US machines (Buddye and Stickman are proof of that), but why narrow your audience to US simmers interested in UK and Axis types, when picking another theatre would open up the audience to the thousands of US simmers who do want to fly US machines as well? I'm Australian and IL2 really became a passion for me when I could fly RAAF Kittyhawks and Beaufighters over the Owen Stanley ranges in the battle for New Guinea campaign.
And if not late European theatre, then why not something like Korea, which hasn't been done since Mig Alley or Korean Combat Ace for CFS3. Korea gives you US Sabres, Panthers, B29s, Skyraiders, Banshees, F80s, Corsairs and UK Fleet Air Arm Fireflies, Seafires and Furies. Many think the PLAAF only fielded Mig15s but they also flew Soviet supplied Tu2s, La9s, Yak9s and IL10s. Korea would have been a much better choice for a theatre to kick off the next generation of IL2.
But what do I know? Obviously the best business model is to burn all your cash reserves in six years of development, then launch an unfinished buggy mess of a sim based on a niche theatre of war appealing to only half of the already limited simming public, then quit in a fit of pique, blame the publisher and disappear off the grid to raise pigs in Vladivostok.
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