Year 2022 is ending and as we’re accustomed to, it’s time to sum up its results and discuss the future. 2022 was a year of big changes for IL-2 - our team has increased in size and is determined to achieve even more. We have completed nearly everything planned for this year: Battle of Normandy was the most massive release since 2012 and the finishing of Flying Circus Vol.II is in sight. We continue to develop the Great Battles world by releasing hundreds of improvements - some of them are very significant. Before moving on to next year’s plan, let’s reflect on the Great Battles stats for this year.
We have released 9 updates that brought 365 listed changes and improvements including:
6 fundamental visual improvements:
Two new huge maps:
1 new scenario campaign:
10 new released aircraft (9 are player-controllable):
Two new player controllable combat vehicles:
9 new AI controllable combat vehicles:
7 new ships:
In addition, recently we’ve released 5.004b hotfix so your playing experience on the holidays will be even better.
Despite all the grim news of 2022, we were able to find a way not only to continue working, but to expand. Probably in the most spectacular way since 2012. The team size has increased by nearly a quarter. We are joined by two new programmers, two FM engineers, two 3D artists and two community managers. And this is only a beginning since we plan to continue the expansion.
All the not-so-easy changes that happened to IL-2 in 2022 allowed us to move on from the old way of thinking that held back our development. The need for changes in the technological base is long overdue. However, the former focus on producing primarily new content did not allow the team to fully unlock its potential associated with the full-fledged development of technology and improving the quality of the sim. The new strategy adopted in the middle of the year, gave us the freedom to choose the direction of development, as well as the opportunity to attract new resources.
There are ambitious goals ahead, and the team is gathering strength and resources to reach them. Here’s what we have planned for the next year:
It's been a long, eventful year, which we've managed to go through almost in full accordance with the previously planned plans, even building up potential along the way. Interesting and vast tasks lie ahead of us and we’re not doubting the eventual success. The work schedule is ready, the strategy is approved, and the team is full of enthusiasm. Clear prop! And Happy New Year!