As of the last IL-2 Great Battles update, early access of Flying Circus got two new aircraft, the Sopwith Camel and the Pfalz D.III.
There’s now four, out of ten announced, aircraft available.
When Oculus started their Kickstarter campaign, my favourite flightsim was Rise of Flight. As the developer headsets, and ultimately the consumer headsets, were released, it became clear that the VR image was not.
So I thought, what sim would be better to show the advantages of VR, than a seat of the pants, knife fight in a phonebooth sim like RoF? Unfortunately, VR demanded the DX11 API, and RoF was only DX9.
Now, the ‘spiritual sequel’ to RoF is in early access.
It’s called Flying Circus, and is part of the IL-2 Great Battles franchise.
Having tried three of the four released aircraft, I can safely say that I was right! VR is perfect for simulated WWI air combat!
As I fly the Camel, I realize how cramped the cockpit is and just how much the wings cover your view. The nickname ’Camel’ also becomes evident, as there really is a hump in front of you.
I just finished a 6 on 6, Camels vs. Fokkers, and it was so much fun!
As of now, the Fokker is no match for the Camel. The AI won’t utilize the superior climb performance, nor its turnrate. Sometimes they foolishly try to out run their enemy. Keep in mind that this is early access.
But man, it’s fun to sneak up close behind and take aim on the pilot. The pilot slumps over and the Fokker either pulls up, or spins out, or just slowly spiral downwards, and impacts the first planet that comes in its way.
Can’t wait until FC is released, with all ten aircraft, and the map…
@777Studios_Jason, if you’re reading this;