IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover taking flight March 22

Ubisoft's latest period-piece flight sim lifting off on PCs in two months; preorder incentive includes free copy of Silent Hunter III.

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The flight sim genre may be flying under the radar these days, but Ubisoft's IL-2 Sturmovik franchise has consistently captured critical accolades from the series' beginning in 2001. Having taken 2010 off after 2009's well-regarded multiplatform installment Birds of Prey, the franchise will return later this year, as Ubisoft announced today that IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover will be available for the PC on March 22 in the US.

The Cliffs of Dover are a great place to find scrap metal.

As its name suggests, Cliffs of Dover primarily concerns itself with the British skies during World War II, as the Royal Air Force sought to defend Queen and Country against the German Luftwaffe and Italian Regia Aeronautica in 1940. In particular, the game will be set over London and other southern England locations, Northern France, and Belgium, with "thousands of historical cities, towns, roads, airfields, radar stations, ports, and industrial areas" all featured in the game.

Players will have access to more than a dozen aircraft designed to replicate those from the period, including true-to-life damage modeling. An additional 13 non-playable aircraft will also be in the game.

Cliffs of Dover will feature a single-player campaign mode from the perspective of the Royal Air Force. The game's multiplayer modes feature standard deathmatch-style battles, as well as a persistent 128-player match with an indeterminate end time.

Gamers interested in preordering IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover can do so through the publisher's website. Those who do will receive a free copy of Silent Hunter III, which received a strong critical response upon its release for the PC in 2005.

Discussion

19 comments
fasteddie531
fasteddie531

Update the Relesse date now changed to July 19th WTF......?????

fasteddie531
fasteddie531

I am having to wait till May 24th to play this I bought it through Steam..What is the deal people are giving this game bad reviews and it is not out yet? Or is Steam the last ones to relesse it What gives......??????

burtonboy05
burtonboy05

Man this hurts. I still play the original IL-2 on the PC and this looks brilliant. No way in hell is my PC going to run this beast. I'm not sure I want to upgrage just for a game but I can feel I'm beginning to cave already. 128 players online is going to be hectic, stick with your wingmen or it's going to be rough!

killzoik
killzoik

sweet , im gonna fly over my village (hope its there)

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

NOT UBISOFT ... Ubisoft publishes, 1C made this game ....

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@sylvaedawn IL2 has been alive this whole time ... Fire Squadrons (FS) servers are always 50/50 at peak hours!

sylvaedawn
sylvaedawn

What? IL-2 still lives? Awesome!

latvanen
latvanen

It has been made clear by the developers on the 1C Games forums that there is also a full german campaign - the original press release was rather fuzzy on the subject.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

This is arguably the best flight out on the market. The tutorials can take a while to understand but if you like flight sims and haven't played this, try it.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@SolidTy and @evildead7 Eh I can always hope :| Guess I will be sticking with Birds of Prey for now. My pc don't do games, not like you described. Cheers!

evildead7
evildead7

@shaun_ofda_dead and @8dillinger8 For starters it's PC only because neither of the consoles would be able to handle this game. I play Rise of Flight another flight sim on the PC that came out in 2009 and playing that game with max settings is a bear at times for my PC using a ATI5970, I7 960 and 9 gigs of ram. Cliffs of Dover will even be more taxing than RoF basically making it unplayable for a console.

8dillinger8
8dillinger8

i would love if it was released on xbox 360!!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@SolidTy Birds of Prey was on consoles only, if that counts. And according to the Ubisoft page, this is a PC only title. But, should be cool.

DillTurnips
DillTurnips

@SolidTy what about IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey...that was multiplatform

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@SolidTy You're not! I care :D It is interesting to see this is a PC only release. Do you have any idea when it is coming out for these other systems?