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Major additions

  • German and Soviet Ground forces are now available for all players

  • Realistic and Simulator battles enabled

  • New aircraft and missions for all nations

  • Squads enabled in single missions

  • Squadron battles in Events mode, squadron duel rating

  • Optimization of shadows and update of visual effects

  • Players’ rating (“ladder”)

  • Progression system has been adjusted: new aircraft of the same rank take less time to unlock

  • “Schräge Musik” available

  • Separate fire control for the weapons of different calibres

  • Significant improvements for AI behaviour

  • Updated ammunition and ballistics

New planes

Great Britain

  • Spitfire F Mk 24 (flight model not finished yet);

  • Spitfire F Mk.22 (flight model not finished yet);

  • Mosquito Mk.XVII;

  • Avenger Mk.I (premium);

  • Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.XIVe;

  • Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.XIVc (premium);

  • Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.XVIIIe;

USSR

  • La-15;

  • I-16 type 24;

  • I-16 type 27;

  • La-174 (special, available for a limited time);

  • Spitfire Mk. IX (special, premium, available for a limited time);

  • IL-10 with АМ-42 engine, serial production of year 1946;

  • I-185 with М-71 engine, reference model;

  • MiG-3  mod. 34 with АМ-35А engine;

USA

  • Lockheed F-80A Shooting Star;

  • North American F-82 Twin Mustang

  • Republic F-84 Thunderjet;

  • F4U-1A USMC;

  • North American PBJ-1H;

  • North American PBJ-1J;

Germany

  • Fw.190A-1;

  • MiG-15bis of GDR;

  • Canadair CL-13A Sabre Mk.5 of Luftwaffe;

  • Messerschmitt Me.262C-1a

  • Messerschmitt Me.262A-1a/U4

  • Messerschmitt Me.262C-2b

  • Do.217N-2;

Japan

  • F-86 F-30 of the Japanese Self-Defence forces;

  • A6M2 mod.11

Gameplay

  • Added Ground Forces.

  • List of Ground Forces added to the game

USSR: Germany:

Т-34E

SU-122P

BT-7 mod.1937

GAZ-ММ with anti-air cannon 72-К

IS-1

IS-2 mod. 1943

IS-2 mod. 1944

IS-3

IS-4М

ISU-122

ISU-122С

ISU-152

KV-1 with L11 cannon

KV-1 with ZIS-5 cannon

KV-2 mod.1939

KV-85

SU-100

SU-122

SU-152

SU-76М

SU-85

SU-85М

Т-26 mod.1940

Т-26E

Т-28

Т-34 prototype

Т-34 mod.1940

Т-34 mod.1941

Т-34-57

Т-34 mod.1942

Т-34-57 mod.1943

Т-34-85 with D-5Т cannon

Т-34-85 with ZIS-S-53 cannon

Т-44

Т-50

Т-54 mod.1951

Т-60

Т-70

Т-80

ZIS-30

Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf.F

Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

Flakpanzer I Ausf. A

Sd.Kfz. 6/2 mit 3.7-cm Flak 36

Aufklärungspanzer 38(t)

Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. A

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. F

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. L

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. C

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F1

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. A

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. F

Pz.Kpfw. V Panther II

Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. H1 Tiger

Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger II (Porsche-Turm)

Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger II (Henschel-Turm)

Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger II mit KwK 46

Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A

Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. F

Jagdpanzer IV/48

Jagdpanzer IV/70

Panzerbefehlswagen Jagdpanther

Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther

Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger

Panzerjäger Tiger (P) Ferdinand

Pz.Kpfw. M4-748 (a) (captured М4А2 Sherman)


  • Squadron events and duel rating of the squadrons (calculated by the ELO system in the squadron battles in the Events mode) – preliminary version for the future Squadron Battles

  • Optional separate fire control for different calibres on the planes. From now on a player can adjust separate controls for MGs and cannons with different calibres, as well as for gun pods on German fighters

  • PvP player rating added (“ladder”) based on Silver Lions earned in battles.

  • Dynamic campaign available for a squad (temporarily not limited to premium account)

  • Record tables significantly reworked – the data should be the same as in profile (leader boards updated every day)

Multiple AI improvements

  • Bots use FM similar to one of the player – both on undamaged and damaged aircraft

  • After attacking ground targets bots can switch to players

  • Bots do not go to the end of the map while chasing one another

  • Bots use more correct torpedo attacks

  • Bots evade air collisions more correctly

  • Modifications’ effect on aircraft performance in Arcade Battles is fixed.

  • F4F-3 and F4F-4 moved to rank 2

Economics and progression system

  • Research system and speed to unlock new planes has been changed: to unlock ranks 2, 3, 4 and 5 player has to unlock 6 planes, but RP needed to unlock a new aircraft for ranks 2, 3, 4 and first aircraft of rank 5 is decreased by 25% or more. That means that all planes can be unlocked 25% faster.

  • Costs for purchasing all aircraft modifications with Golden Eagles reduced by 5-10%

  • RP conversion costs to research planes and modifications reduced by 12.5%

  • Rewards for hits and kills reworked (in general they became higher); repair costs (in general) became lower.

See details in the Dev blog

  • Me.410A-1/U4 and Me.410B-2/U4 are moved to 4th rank and separated from the main line of the two-engine fighters. Their research leads to Me.262A-1a/U4 Pulkzerstorer fighter. In new variant they are positioned after Hs.129, but its research is not required.

  • PBY-5, PBY-5a are moved to the adjoining bomber line.

  • OS2U-1, OS2U-3, SBD-3, TBF-1 are separated to one line with new PBJ-1H and PBJ-1J

  • The Spitfire Mk IX (USA) price has changed to 6900 Golden Eagles

  • Changes in repair prices

  • Changes in Battle Ratings


Interface

  • Battle statistic UI has been modified. Destroyed AI-controlled vehicles and aircraft are now displayed separately from the player controlled vehicles and aircraft.

  • Accelerated research has been separated for aviation and ground forces.

  • Added variants of “To Battle” button for aviation and ground forces.

  • Ground forces decals are now separated to another group. Added new special decals for ground vehicles.

  • Significantly accelerated display of the map and the statistic screen in the battle

  • The vehicle screen is reworked (repair/modifications/crew)

  • Slightly changed the controls options interface (reset of the control theme to default and selection of the control presets now merged with option helper)

  • You now can see player squads during the battle in the statistic screen

  • Fixed the queue display in the events

  • Gained RP display is fixed

  • Performance characteristics displayed in game menu updated for certain planes

  • Game menu fonts improved

Graphics and models

  • Improved and accelerated grass rendering

  • Improved and optimized particle rendering

  • Accelerated water rendering

  • Accelerated cloud rendering

  • New images for loading screens added

  • Shadows have been  greatly improved and optimised.

  • Grass and plants improvements on tank maps.

  • Improved visual effects from hits on ground or ground targets for large-caliber aircraft cannons.

  • Fixed visual effects from fragmentation and cumulative shell hits on ground targets.

  • Fixed rare occurrence of additional tail and wing debris being shown

  • New cockpits added:

  • Ki-45 ko

  • Ki-45 tei

  • Ki-45 otsu

  • Ki-45 hei

Sound

  • Several errors fixed:

  • Multichannel mode fixed;

  • Sound when engine stops for Messerschmitt aircraft is synchronized with animation;

  • Sound added for Mollins M 57mm cannon;

  • New engine sound for Lancaster Mk.III;

Damage models changes

  • Engine DM fixed for A5M4, F1M2, Fiat Cr.42, Gladiator Mk.II, He.51 (all modifications), I-15 (all modifications), Nimrod Mk.I, Fury (all modifications), P-26 Peashooter (all modifications);

  • Several fire outbreaks that would not go out at high speed fixed

  • Correct DM for all new aircraft of the update

  • Using flaps at high speed will tear them off

  • Damage model fixed for Ki-102 and Ki-96;

  • Damage model fixed for La-7 and La-7B-20;

  • Damage model fixed for Hs.129B-2, Hs.129B-3;

  • Damage model fixed for He.162A-2 flaps;

  • Change in ammo rack or controlling wing guns when wing is torn off depends on where the ammo rack is situated, where guns are situated and where the wing was cut off.

  • Damage Model of AA units has been significantly changed to reflect real AA units.

  • Fixed repair algorithm for the gun breech and the gun barrel. Now these modules will be fully restored after the repair.

  • Improved damage model of the tanks with add-on armour elements (add on plates, shields, additional tracks etc), now these objects will have the correct material and qualities. They are correctly included in the damage calculation after being hit.

  • Fixed damage model of all anti air defence and artillery under AI control. Now their hitboxes more accurately represent the sizes of the weapon and the unit, fortification elements (bund walls, sand bags) will now protect the weapon from shell damage.

  • Fixed 100mm shells: BR-412 and BR-412B for the T-54 tank and the SU-100 SPG.


FM changes

  • All new planes have been set up with proper FMs

  • Speed loss while gliding is reduced for F-86 and MiG-15

  • Overestimated fuel consumption rate has been fixed for F9F, MiG-9, F-80, F-84

  • FM for Bf. 109 G-2 and G-6 – a bug that led to reduced turning time – fixed. Turn time is now set according to data sheets

  • Indicated airspeed for P-40E fixed. Fuel consumption rate, roll rate, control stiffening corrected, thermodynamics reworked.

  • Indicated airspeed for PBY Catalina fixed

  • Wing aerodynamic centre for Yak-3 fixed

  • FM changed for DH Vampire, He 162, Me 163 and Ki-200 (engines, control stiffening)

  • A bug when non-retractable landing gear didn’t cause air resistance fixed

  • Error with incorrect trimmer position at respawn fixed

  • Control stiffening with joystick control changed – effective joystick movement range when controls are stiffened is increased

USA

  • F8F-1 – completely corrected according to datasheets

  • F8F-1b – completely corrected according to datasheets

  • TBF-1C – adjusted according to data sheet

  • Aircraft of F-86, F-80, P-63 series have preliminary adjusted FM. F9F-2 and F9F-5 have preliminary adjusted FM.

  • Aerodynamic characteristics and overall controls improved for BTD-1, XP-50, P-38G, B-25

  • F4U-1a has correct horizontal speed according to datasheet

Japan

  • A6M2-N – completely corrected according to datasheets

  • A6M2 — completely corrected according to datasheets

  • A6M2 mod.22 — corrected according to datasheets

  • A6M5 (all modifications) — adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-61 (all modifications) — adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-84 (all modifications) — aircraft power plant errors fixed, FM adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-43 II Hayabusa – completely corrected according to datasheets

  • F1M2 – adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-45 – adjusted according to datasheets

  • N1K2 -adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-96 – adjusted according to datasheets

  • Ki-102 otsu – adjusted according to datasheets

USSR

  • Yak-1b — preliminary corrected according to datasheets

  • Yak-9K — preliminary corrected according to datasheets

  • Yak-9T — preliminary corrected according to datasheets

  • Yak-7b – completely corrected according to datasheets

  • MiG-15, MiG-15 bis, Po-2 have preliminary adjusted FM

  • I-185 FM for corrected

  • IL-2 adjusted according to datasheets

  • IL-2M adjusted according to datasheets

  • IL-10 adjusted according to datasheets

  • LaGG-3-8 and LaGG-3-11 adjusted according to datasheets

  • MiG-9 (all modifications) have been preliminary adjusted

  • Thermodynamics and roll rate fixed for La-5 and La-7 series

UK

  • Hurricane Mk.I — completely corrected according to datasheets

  • Fury Mk.I – turn time and engine overheat corrected

  • All Gloster Meteor aircraft have preliminary adjusted FM

  • Polar curve for Tempest Mk. V has been corrected

  • Mosquito Fb. Mk 6/18 – adjusted according to datasheets

Germany

  • FM of Bf.109 of the F- series fixed

  • Bf. 110 C-4, Fiat Cr. 42, Me. 262 have preliminary adjusted FM

  • FW-190 D overheat fixed

  • Do-217E adjusted according to datasheets

Modifications and armament

  • Schräge Musik available for aircraft that actually used it (Do.217N-2, Ki-45 tei)

  • Anti-g suits added for the following fighters: F9F, F-80, F-84, F-86, Meteor, Vampire, F8F-1, F8F-1b, P-51D-5, P-51D-20NA, P-51D-30

  • Fixed reliability parameters of the T-160 20mm cannon. The length of uninterrupted fire has been decreased, added increased spread from weapon overheat.

  • Added variant of the ammo belts for BK-5 and MK-214A 5cm(50mm) aircraft-cannons with armor-piercing high-explosive shells.

  • MK.214a – 50mm cannon for Me.262C-2b has been added and tuned.

  • Added bomb pylons for Fairey Swordfish that will allow it to take 4×250 pound bombs.

  • M4 – 75mm cannon for PBJ-1H has been added and tuned.

  • Added bomb pylons for F4U-1a that allows it to take one 500 or 1000 pound bomb.Fixed limitation bomb load dropping for loads on Ju-87


Weapon reload time for MGs and cannons now depends on calibre, the higher the calibre the longer the reload:

  • 7.62 mm – 15 seconds

  • 12.7 mm – 20 seconds

  • 20 & 23 mm – 40 seconds

  • 30 mm – 60 seconds

  • 37 mm – 60 seconds

  • 45 mm – 60 seconds

  • 47 mm – 60 seconds

  • 57 mm – 60 seconds

  • 75 mm – 60 seconds

(* given reload time is true for new untrained crews)

All torpedoes have been tuned according to maximum speed of drop:

  • Mk.13 early modifications- 204 km/h

  • Mk.13 late modifications – 519 km/h

  • Type 9 mod. 2 – 481 km/h

  • Type 9 mod. 3 – 648 km/h

  • LT F5w – 300 km/h

  • 45-36 AH – 250 km/h

  • Mk.XII early modifications – 280 km/h

Torpedo reload speed in arcade lowered from 80 seconds to 60 seconds

  • A6M3 mod22 ko – pylon available for research added

  • Ki-49 – navy bombs Type 97 replaced with Type 94 army bombs

  • Meteor F.8 – 8x RP-3 rockets armament added

  • Ki-45 – turret changed from Mg.15 to Type 98, cannon Type 97 replaced with Ho-3

  • A6M5 otsu – correct 7.7 MG implemented – Type 97

  • Rockets added for Bf.109F-2

  • F-86 – MG ammo capacity is fixed – from 425 to 300

  • F2A-1 – ammo capacity adjusted. Now it’s 600 rounds for 7.62 mm machine guns and 200 rounds for 12.7 mm machine guns

  • BTD-1 – Mk.13 early mod. Is replaced with late mod.

  • SM.79 mod. 1936 – side turrets changed: instead of Breda Safat 12.7 to Lewis 7.7

  • SM.79 mod. 1943 – ammo capacity for rear turret MGs Breda Safat 12.7 changed from 500 to 350

  • F6F-3 – Tiny Tim rockets added

  • Do.217 series E, K, M – external pylons and respective bomb load added

  • B-17G -external pylons and respective bomb load added

  • Armament modifications fixed for DB-7

  • Fire rate for MGs fixed for P-47D and P-51D

  • Torpedo drop order changed for BTD-1, H6K4, PBY-5 – torpedo drop is separate for both Realistic and Simulator Battle modes

  • Modifications’ durability fixed for P-63A-5 (USSR)

  • La-9 – has option of separate cannon controls for wing mounted and nose mounted cannon

  • Rocket armament added for Me.262A-1a

  • Cannon pods’ positioning influence on the gun spread fixed

  • Ammo fixed for Ki-96’s 37 mm cannon

Missions and maps

  • New location “Spain” added

  • New location “Kursk” added:

  • 4 single missions for “Kursk”

  • Dynamic campaign for “Kursk”

  • RB and SB mission [Operation] Kursk added

  • Krymsk locations has been updated.

  • Tank battles added: Kursk, Karelia, Kuban, Ash River, Jungle

Bugs and balance fixes for existing missions

New missions added for low ranked aircraft in RB and SB with light vehicles and shorter distances:

  • Latish Convoy

  • Bastogne

  • Honolulu

  • Last Battle of Khalkin Gol

  • Counteroffensive

  • Mozdok

  • Yoo Passage

  • Port Moresby

  • Essen

  • Consolidation of positions on Sicily

  • Wake Island

  • Henan Province

Single Mission “Misty Coast”

New decals

  • National flags decals added (194 decals)

  • Number decals added (unique for each country)

  • “Hell’s Belle” pin-up, 401st Bombing Squadron, 91st Bombing Group, 8th Air Force

  • “Bomb Babe” pin-up, 866th Bombing Squadron, 494th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force

  • “Wolfess” pin-up, 364th Bombing Squadron, 305th Bombing Group, 8th Air Force

  • “Blue Sakura” personal victory marking of Saburo Sakai

  • Blue-white roundel used by British and Commonwealth aircraft in the Far East

  • Squadron Leader Pennant, No.242 Squadron RAF

  • Wing Commander Pennant, Royal Air Force

  • Personal motif of Pilot Officer ‘Willie’ McKnight, No.242 Squadron RAF

  • “ROYAL NAVY” text applied to the rear fuselage of aircraft from the British Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm

  • Flt Lt ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, No.616 Sqn RAF: “Bader’s Bus Company Still Running” in honour of the recently shot down and captured Douglas Bader, summer 1941

  • ‘Swallow’ victory markings of the 12th Kokutai 5, 15, 30 pcs.

  • Roundel of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. 1929-1941

Historical Board Decal Competition winner decals

  • “Hell’s Angel” pin-up by Jej ‘CharlieFoxtrot’ Ortiz

  • “Flying Tiger Gal” pin-up by Colin ‘Fenris’ Muir

  • “Werner Molders’ 100th Victory” marking by Mathieu ‘Iznogoud’ Clairoux

  • “Samurai Spirit” pin-up by Colin ‘Fenris’ Muir

  • “The Regal Seagull” pin-up by J. L. ‘ColorCopycat’ Yeh

  • “The Red Banner of Victory” pin-up by J. L. ‘ColorCopycat’ Yeh

 

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