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Dear friends,


The Spring has come and in today's Dev Blog, after some delay, we're returning to our main project - Bodenplatte. This delay in the news has been caused by the fact that during the Winter all the work on this project was made at a deep level - it was hard to make a screenshot of something - but it was a hard work nevertheless. This was known beforehand and planned this way. If you were following us for some time, you may recall that such visible pauses in the development news in the middle of a development cycle happened in all our previous projects and are a result of the effective work and division of labor. But today we finally have some intermediate results to show, and there a lot of them.


First, we can disclose more details about the map of the project. Previously we mentioned only its size and location, but today we can tell you more information.
There will be more than 200 settlements of various sizes.
Air forces of the opposing forces will take off from more than 100 airfields.
The total length of all roads will exceed 20000 km.
The reachable zone of the map is 129859 square kilometers (400.8 x 324 km) while the entire map is 176947 square km (460.8 x 384 km).
The preliminary list of the cities we plan to have ready at the time of release follows:


Antwerp
The Hauge
Liege
Frankfurt am Main
Dortmund
Münster
Cologne (Köln)
Bonn
Gent
Rotterdam
Charleroi
Amsterdam
Düsseldorf
Aachen
Bruxelles
Arnhem
Duisburg
Essen
Apeldoorn
Maastricht


Again, if you have followed our development before, you may notice that the parameters of the new map are breaking the record once again. This is also the first map to be released with all four seasons simultaneously - a hard challenge for the entire team. To be able to complete the project before the set deadline without compromising quality, our Lead Map Artist Evgeny Isaev has found new methods of development and large cities creation. Also, Evgeny has designed artistic approaches that will not simply repeat the visual quality of the previous maps but will also give players a new visual feel that is characteristic for flying over Western Europe. But enough words, it is time to show you something new - on these screenshots you can see the central areas of Bruxelles, Liege, and Köln:

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But these map development news are not the only ones we have. We can show you the progress we have made on the three coming planes: P-38J-25 heavy fighter, B-25 heavy bomber (AI only), and Me 262 A jet fighter. For the first one of them, P-38J-25, we have used a new approach of creating the exterior and interior 3D models in parallel, not subsequently - at the early stage the model is divided into exterior and interior parts and the coordinates of their seams are stored, then both models are being worked on simultaneously to be connected back at the final step. This aircraft, of course, is unbelievable, what can we say - it's a legend:

 

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The B-25 bomber will be AI-only in this project, but we'll try to make its exterior 3D and physical model at the same quality level as our player controllable aircraft. First, this is important for those who will be attacking or defending these planes in the Career mode, campaigns, single scenarios and Coop multiplayer. Second, who knows - perhaps a possibility to make it flyable will reveal itself in the future:

 

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The exterior 3D model of Me 262 A "Schwalbe" is completely done, including the official skins. The interior (cockpit) model is almost done (currently the artists are working on its texturing), while our engineers are working on its FM and the physical model of a jet engine. When you look at this legendary aircraft, you can't help but think that it was ahead of its time:

 

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To finish today's Dev Blog, we would like to congratulate the beautiful half of humanity on the coming holiday - International Women's Day. Dear girls, be happy!

 

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You can discuss the news in this thread
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All your recent works look really good, guys - for FLYING CIRCUS as for BATTLE OF BODENPLATTE! 
Since the movie CATCH 22 I love the look of the "Billy Mitchell" bomber, and the LOCKHEED "Lightning" is a true beauty of an aircraft -
I always wanted to fly it in a good sim. Guess I cannot get around it: BATTLE OF BODEPLATTE is on my "must-have" list now!

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      Update 4.005  
      Dear friends,

      The IL-2 Sturmovik team is happy to announce that another, very big and important milestone in the evolution of our project has been reached and its result is ready to be downloaded to your PCs. This time the update doesn't bring new content since the development of the new Normandy project is at the very early stage. However, it contains an enormous block of changes paramount for the IL-2 as a combat flight-sim, namely the aircraft damage model and munitions damage calculations. Earlier we have published several Dev Blogs dedicated to these changes, where they are covered in detail and how they affect the gameplay.

      Additionally, the external textures of four previously released aircraft are now available in 4K quality thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney and Francisco =BlackHellHound1= Bindraban. 4 additional ground vehicles were added to the sim - two ambulances and two fuel trucks. And a new language has been added to the game - Simplified Chinese! Well, at least most of the sim is translated, some parts will have to wait. More on that below.
       



      But of course, this is not quite all we have done. The change-list contains a whopping 140 changes - this is the all-time record for our project! There are numerous improvements to the aircraft simulation, aircraft models, player controlled tanks (Tank Crew) and artificial intelligence (AI). The causes of several important issues we weren't able to reproduce previously due to their rarity and randomness and thus fix before were finally found and fixed. The full list contains many other improvements and fixes as well. Take a look:

      Main features

      1. MiG-3 series 24 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney;
      2. Pe-2 series 35 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney;
      3. Pe-2 series 87 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney;
      4. Bf 109 G-4 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Francisco =BlackHellHound1= Bindraban;
      5. Binoculars have been added for tank commanders (press LCtrl + 5);
      6. GAZ-55 ambulance vehicle added;
      7. BZ-35 fuel truck added;
      8. Opel Blitz ambulance vehicle added;
      9. Opel Blitz Tankwagen fuel truck added;
      10. New language added - Chinese Simplified (简体中文). The career mode is not yet completely translated since the newspaper articles and some squadron histories and award descriptions are in English (they are not necessary for playing though). The Chinese symbols in the pilot name won’t work sadly due to the technical limitations in the mission file format.

      Aircraft Damage Model Improvements

      11. All aircraft got the new, significantly more advanced version of the airframe damage calculations: each aircraft has its own geometrical sizes of the airframe parts and the material types while the damage calculations take into account the peculiarities of the AP, blast and fragmentation damage;
      12. A complete rework of aircraft skin damage calculations has been done and it now takes into account the projectile caliber or its HE capability: now AP ammo and bullets damage the aircraft skin to much lesser extent than HE ammo while ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another instantly causes severe aircraft skin damage;
      13. Visual hit effects (sparks, splinters, etc.) and sound effects now depend on the material of a hit part of the aircraft;
      14. A one projectile impact won’t erroneously cause multiple (doubling) damage effects on the airframe parts which have several hitboxes;
      15. Projectile impacts (and ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another) at the parts which don’t have their own cracks modeled in 3D visual model (for instance, when shooting at a wing root that should cause a crack in the wing on the aircraft where a crack at the wing base is not modeled) are calculated in more detail;
      16. Projectile impacts (and ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another) at the parts not connected to the airframe won’t damage the airframe (for example, hitting an engine nacelle of a twin-engine aircraft won’t destroy a wing);
      17. The calculations of the energy impulse transfer to an aircraft from a munition it was hit by now take into account the shots that went through it;
      18. Exploding shells no longer damage the airframe by their initial kinetic energy of an intact shell, only by the blast and the kinetic energy of its fragments;
      19. The following visual effects of the aircraft fragments were corrected (turned on when needed and off when not needed): landing gear dust (in the flight), the lighting from landing and navigation lights, guns firing and engine exhausts, smoke from smoke generators and vortex trails from the wingtips);
      20. The found discrepancies between a new and repaired aircraft aerodynamics have been fixed;
      21. A rare issue that could cause the airframe cracks to preserve after repairing has been found and fixed;
      22. The modeling of the combat damage of the piston engine crank gear became more detailed and takes into account the engine type (for instance, the damage of the crank gear of the air-cooled engines happens more rarely than crank gear of the liquid-cooled engines) and the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions. The damage of the crank gear can cause the wedging up and seizing up of the crankshaft while the heavy momentary incurred damage can cause the immediate stop of the crankshaft;
      23. It is now possible to damage one or several engine cylinders at once by weapons fire, reducing its power output. Damaged pistons can affect the crank gear and can be accompanied by oil and coolant leaks. The calculations of the incurred damage and leakage values take into account the type of the engine and the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions;
      24. The calculations of an engine fire probability from torn fuel lines and oil leaks take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions;
      25. The physical model of the engine now differentiates the two types of oil leaks: from the engine and from the oil system;
      26. Only the actual oil leak from the engine now soils up the canopy instead of a general engine damage;
      27. An excessive amount of piston engine shaking caused by the crank gear damage has been reduced;
      28. The calculations of an oil tank or oil radiator leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail;
      29. The calculations of a coolant tank or water radiator leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail;
      30. The calculations of a fuel tank leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail. The fuel tanks leak protection will be taken into account later, when the next level fuel system modeling is finished;
      31. The visual intensity of a fuel, oil, and coolant leaks now corresponds to the actual severity of a leak closer;
      32. When calculating the probabilities of a fuel tank fire and explosion, the different AP, blast and fragments effects are taken into account as well as the amount of the fuel leaking from the tank at the moment. Inert-gas pressurization and other fire countermeasures will be taken into account later when the next level fuel system modeling is finished;
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      34. P-38J-25: a stabilizer won’t be destroyed by small fluctuating stress loads;
      35. P-38J-25: it is now possible to hit and damage the right engine radiators;
      36. P-51D-15: it is now possible to hit its oil tank and its armored visor is correctly included in the armor protection calculations;
      37. P-51D-15 canopy will appear correctly soiled up by an oil leak both in internal and external views;
      38. P-51D-15 3D-model won’t erroneously show the wing crack;
      39. The landing gear doors on all aircraft are destroyed if landing gear wheels are torn off in retracted position;
      40. Hs 129 B-2: the destruction of the right landing gear door won’t generate the landing gear door debris on the left;
      41. Bf-109 (all series except E7): the loss of the vertical stabilizer and the central part of the horizontal stabilizer is temporarily blocked due to the interdependence of this damage in the 3D model, which makes this point extremely vulnerable to combat damage and causes undesirable results. We will try to move the breaking point above the stabilizer in the future and fix this limitation. Damage to the rudder, elevators and horizontal stabs are still possible and the rudder and elevators can still be detached. And the left and right portions of the horizontal stab can also be lost;
      42. Bf-109 (all series): the mixed up locations where the debris of the landing gear bay doors appear have been corrected;
      43. MiG-3 series 24: the main landing gear bay doors in the wing can also be torn off by an excessive ram air pressure;
      44. Excessive rear hemisphere protection of the Pe-2 gunners from the fragments has been corrected;
      45. Ju-52/3m g4e: the oil level gauges display the correct amount of the oil left even if it is completely gone or after the oil system repair;
      46. Ju-52/3m g4e: first pilot bailing out won’t cause the death of the second pilot and the gunner;

      General Damage Model Improvements (for all objects in the sim)

      47. A complete overhaul of the blast and fragmentation damage, as well as armor penetration damage has been finished, including, but not limited to: correction of calculation errors, calculation speed optimizations, protection of the calculation results for finding possible errors in the initial data;
      48. Insufficient blast damage in case of a very near explosion or inner explosion has been corrected;
      49. The number of fragments hitting an object is correctly calculated basing on the distance to an explosion, including the case of inner explosion;
      50. Now there is a possibility of a ‘stray fragment’ impact when the expectation function gives less than one fragment due to the distance to the explosion (outside the kill area), which is important in a case of multiple explosions;
      51. The armor penetration ability and damage of projectile increases if the resulting impact velocity exceeds the muzzle velocity of a projectile in the reference test data;
      52. The fragmentation damage modeling is made less abstract for all ammunition types: the formation of the fragments, their initial speeds, masses and sizes are calculated and their loss of velocity with the distance traveled is calculated using the modern estimates of their resistance factor and the integration of their movements;
      53. The calculations of the penetration ability of the combined HE and frag damage is also less abstract. Instead of using an empirical parameter, the system now uses the speed, mass, and size of a fragment to model a penetration and the massed impact in case of a near explosion is also modeled;
      54. Since the calculations of the penetration ability and the energy of fragments were changed, the excessive effectiveness of the bombs against armored targets at large distances has been reduced, but a very close explosion is much more effective than before;
      55. The penetration ability of the fragments created by shells containing a small amount of explosives relative to their overall mass was also reduced because of the same reason;
      56. The blast damage calculations use a more accurate power law depending on the distance to the blast center. The damage inflicted by a blast and its ability to break through an armor sheet now drops as the distance increases faster than before, but became much more powerful at very short distances;
      57. Engines, drivetrains, reduction gearboxes, ammo racks and other large pieces of equipment now have their own hard casings modeled where applicable and they can protect them from some damage;
      58. In a rare case of a direct bomb hit at a turret of a flying aircraft, aerostat or a parachute there won’t be a detonation delay that could cause it to explode at a distance to the object;
      59. The severity of a wound depends on the impact area: a head hit is more critical than a body one while a body hit is less severe than it was before;
      60. The crew members experience less pain shock from wounds and impacts;

      Player controllable tanks improvements

      61. The death of a radio operator now blocks the external communications;
      62. Pz.III-L and T-34 STZ tanks ammo racks now are damageable;
      63.The physical collision model of the Pz.III-L turret now correctly rotates together with the visual model of the turret;
      64. The physical collision model of the T-34 STZ main gun barrel now correctly corresponds to its visual model;
      65. The M4A2 commander’s machine gun can be damaged;
      66. In the event of a catastrophic detonation, the turret flying away from Pz.III-L and T-34 STZ tanks will be visually damaged;
      67. A knocked out machine gun won’t incorrectly cause the death of its operator;
      68. The issue that could result in the destruction of a tank when its main gun and coaxial MG are knocked out has been found and fixed;
      69. Several commands of the tank commander (for example, "Attack ground targets on sight") will work even if the mission script doesn’t include any commands for this tank;
      70. Several non-working technochat messages about turret systems failure and repair (coaxial machine gun, main and backup turret traverse, vertical aiming mechanism, etc.) have been fixed;
      71. Pz.Kpfw.III.Ausf.M, Pz.Kpfw.IV.Ausf.G and M4A2 tracks tension is correctly animated (it was reversed);
      72. The tank radio transmitter failure makes the communication with other tanks of the unit impossible;
      73. Viewing instruments on KV-1s tanks made more detailed;
      74. The issue with KV-1s tracks visibly moving in the opposite direction when accelerating has been minimized;
      75. The casing of the various large systems (engine, gearbox, ammunition) can protect them from shell fragments;
      76. An additional armor sheet on the front hull of the KV-1s is now modeled;

      AI Improvements

      77. The AI pilots of the high-speed aircraft now try to use their advantage over significantly slower aircraft using the hit and run tactics;
      78. The AI pilots of the high-speed aircraft aim better when firing the guns;
      79. A failed bombing run won’t cause an AI-controlled bomber to fly beyond the map borders;
      80. An AI pilot estimates the time required to destroy a ground target better;
      81. The AI pilots won’t try to move the control surfaces of a crashed aircraft;
      82. P-51D AI pilot will always close the canopy before taking off;
      83. Gunners won’t do unnecessary motions when bailing out;
      84. Additional improvements were made in the ground vehicle obstacle avoidance algorithm;
      85. A rare issue that could cause vehicles of a column to move directly North after an emergency stop has been found and fixed;
      86. AI-controlled ground based guns and MGs aim better in heavy wind weather conditions;
      87. 76mm and 77mm AAA of World War I era aim better;

      Visual aircraft models improvements

      88. The bomb control panel on all Bf 109 3D-models is now hidden in the outside view if no bombs are installed;
      89. The right landing gear wheel of the Bf 109 E-7 is no longer visible from a large distance when the right wing is lost;
      90. The Bf-109 G-14 canopy cable looks correct when the canopy is open;
      91. The gap between the bomb holder and Fw 190 A3 and Fw 190 A5 fuselages has been removed;
      92. The gear wheels of the chain drive of the He-111 bomb bay doors are animated now;
      93. The An-4 compass on Pe-2s has a functioning backlight now;
      94. The excessive visibility of IL-2 mod. 1943 at large distances caused by a wrong glare setting has been corrected;
      95. The rear navigation light of the La-5FN won’t be visible from the cockpit;
      96. A damaged LaGG-3 won’t appear to have through holes when zooming out;
      97. The Yak-1b rear wheel trace on the ground won’t visually thicken when zooming out;
      98. P-51D and Tempest radio station bulbs made brighter when turned on;
      99. An incorrect flare visual effect on the P-51D fuselage has been fixed;
      100. An incorrect flare visual effect on the Fokker D.VII wingtips has been fixed;
      101. Left ailerons of Fokker D.VII and Fokker D.VIIF won’t cause visible z-fighting effect;
      102. S.E.5a: a dead or unconscious pilot or gunner won’t clip through a cabin side;
      103. The animation of the 2000-pound bomb M66 impeller has been fixed;

      Other aircraft changes

      104. Another error that could cause the hits on the own aircraft to be not audible in multiplayer has been found and fixed;
      105. When in the cockpit, the player will now hear different sounds when different parts (materials) of the aircraft are hit different types of ammunition (before that, sounds differed only by the type of ammunition and only in open cockpits or in an external view);
      106. The ram air sounds in the cockpits of all aircraft have been re-adjusted, the sound changes depending on the state of the canopy (open or closed) as well as the position of the pilot's head relatively to the windscreen;
      107. The positioning of the engine sounds in the cockpits has been improved as well;
      108. Bf 109 G-6 in-cockpit sounds were corrected;
      109. The issue with the pilots posing in weird ways should be gone now;
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      111. It is now possible to shoot a signal flare after opening the IL-2 mod.1943 cockpit;
      112. The trace of an aircraft after a belly landing won’t disappear when zooming in;
      113. Flying Circus planes will correctly show the dust from wheels effect;
      114. P-51D wheels leave correct traces and their dust effects were corrected;
      115. Opened P-51D landing gear bays cause less drag;
      116. Bomb detonator switches are no longer inverted on P-51D;
      117. A-20B, La-5 series 8 and La-5FN: it’s now possible to move the throttle control when it is in the idle position and ‘Engine auto control’ helper is enabled in the options;
      118. FFB vibrations increased during control surfaces buffeting at terminal flight speeds;
      119. Now a crewless aircraft will be removed from the simulation when it stays on the ground for 30 seconds (previously it was removed when its altitude was less than 10 meters and speed less than 10 meters per second);

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      120. Projectiles of the multi-barreled anti-aircraft guns visually appear aligned with the positions of the individual barrels;
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      126. Sd Kfz 251 Wurfrahmen 40 rockets launch correctly visually;
      127. The upper and lower armor of simple AI tanks has been corrected (made more resistant to fragments);
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      129. The static T-34 model texture that appears at a certain distance has been corrected;
      130. Railway wagons and locomotives won’t receive critical damage from any first hit;
      131. A graphical corruption caused by G-5 gunboat firing its M-8M rockets has been fixed;
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      134. A random issue with the parachute not completely descending to the ground has been fixed;

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      138. The trees that prevented takeoff and landing were removed at the end of the strip of the Florennes airfield;
      139. Bailed out pilots can be correctly captured by the enemy in the Bodenplatte career;
      140. MCU_Waypoint mission logic element won’t receive input from other elements when deactivated.
       
      Please discuss the update in this thread.
    • By 76.IAP-Blackbird
      Hello everybody,
       
      The weather in Moscow isn't really fitting for April, but these times it doesn't make a big difference; we're continuing the work on the project. The 4.005 beta testing is nearly finished, and soon you'll see by yourself what all the latest DDs were about. So today we'll tell you a bit about the current work that will yield more distant results. We have mentioned before that we're working on moving the graphics engine to Deferred rendering and now this process gives good results. The main goal in implementing this renderer is to open new visual possibilities while keeping the current level of performance and not making it worse. Till the recent time, we could only hope that having both options is possible at all, while our Lead Programmer Sergey Vorsin was working confidently and his task is nearly finished. We have managed to keep the general level of performance during this transition intact and we already can show you one of the possibilities this technology opens for our sim.
       
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    • By 76.IAP-Blackbird
      Hello everybody,
       
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      Speaking of the battle damage modeling, another very important change is the improved frag and blast damage calculations throughout the entire sim. Thanks to the fresh look and research input by our partners at Digital Forms, which make the visual models of the Tank Crew vehicles, we were able to bring the fragments damage calculations to the new level of complexity.
       
      Generally speaking, the calculations of the damage incurred by munition fragments became less abstract. The new model is universal for all munition types. The calculations of the warhead fragmentation are more life-like and give the initial speed, mass, and size of the fragments. New progressive methods of modeling their speed decrease use the integration of their movement.
       
      The calculations of the penetration ability of the combined HE and frag damage is also less abstract. Instead of using an empirical parameter, the system now uses the speed, mass, and size of a fragment to model a penetration and the massed impact in case of a near explosion is also modeled. Since the calculations of the penetration ability and the energy of fragments were changed, the excessive effectiveness of the bombs against armored targets at large distances has been reduced. The penetration ability of the fragments created by shells containing a small amount of explosives relative to their overall mass was also reduced because of the same reason.
       
      The blast damage calculations use a more accurate power law depending on the distance to the blast center. The damage inflicted by a blast and its ability to break through an armor sheet now drops as the distance increases faster than before, but became much more powerful at very short distances. It also should be noted that engines, drivetrains, reduction gearboxes, ammo racks and other large pieces of equipment now have their own hard casings modeled where applicable and they can protect them from some damage.
       
      The visual and audio representation of the damage is also updated. The additional causes of the unhearable hits in multiplayer have been found and fixed, new sounds were added for ricochets while the existing hit and explosion sounds were improved.
       
      In general, the update 4.005 once again is going to be one of the biggest in the history of our project, its change list contains more than 90 items already. It will bring not only the damage model improvements of course - the new content we told you before, many improvements and fixes for the aircraft and player controllable tanks, audio improvements for various in-game objects and more and more. The sim will be more accessible to the larger audience thanks to the additional language as well.
       
      Our team hopes that the update 4.005 will be welcomed by you, our players, and will raise the quality level of our sim to the next level. To finish today's diary, let's add some nice pictures to the mix - this time they are the Yak-9 cockpit shots captured in the game. Its texturing is nearly final while the development of its FM is progressing at a full speed. We hope it will be available to you in early Summer.
       


       
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