A new tank simulator seems set to break records. On the 77th anniversary of the invasion of Russia, 777 Studios annnounce that the highly popular air combat simulator game, IL2:Sturmovik with 3 great products; Stalingrad, Moscow and Kuban, is moving into tanks.
Already having two tanks available to drive in the game, IL2:Tank Crew will be a new expansion that utilises a huge map (on tank game standards) and 10 driveable tanks (5 axis and 5 Allied) plus a flak vehicle each. Here is an initial look at a T-34...
The map area is based around the largest tank battle of WWII during the Battle of Kursk and pits the defending Red Army against the Last attempt by the Wermacht to break the Russian lines. Here is the map:
Thnkfully, this game should interface directly with the Flight simulators and so the ability to call in air support should be there.
The tanks can be fully manned by humans, AI or a tank commander may also be able to control a squad of AI tanks giving the full range of single player, Squads and right down to fully manned tanks.... Also, these new tanks wil be operable in all the previous verions of IL2 thus greatly expanding the player contributin towards online dynamic war servers.... The tanks and flak vehicles will be:
1. T-34-76 model 1943
6. GAZ-MM + 72K
7. PzKpfw III Ausf.M
8. PzKpfw IV Ausf.G
9. PzKpfw V Ausf.D "Panther"
10. PzKpfw VI Ausf.H1 "Tiger"
11. Sd. Kfz. 184 "Ferdinand"
12. Sd. Kfz. 10 + Flak38
Th terrain wil also be modelled in much greater detail and will include crushable trees and destructible buildings thus allowing tanks to behave accurately where ever you wish to position them. Great effort is also being made to model them accurately so that the rounds have the correct trajectory, impac and damage effect against the tanks having accurate modelling of armour systems and weapons, operated by the correct crew members. Thus the driver will not be able to load the main gun etc.
All in all a very exciting project that is due for release in a little over a year. However, like the rest of the IL2 series an early access programme will allow those contributing to gain access to the various tanks as they are completed. The first of which will be coming as soon as July...
The Russian KV-1 and the famous German “Tiger”!!!!
Read even more about this exciting new game HERE - IL2:TANK CREW