Il-2 doesn’t sell planes for $60, they’re $20. When part of a full title, they have 8 planes plus at least one map. So triple or quadruple the number of sales along with what it costs to do the other Japanese planes you’d need for a Pac title.
DCS has that price point, yes, but they have nothing else Pacific. No WWII Pac ships, no maps, no AI planes/units. So there’s a lot more to be done there.
Then there’s good WWII carrier ops, last seen in il-2: 46 and otherwise only done for Aces of the Pacific, CFS2, and 1942: Pac Air War. Frankly, I didn’t enjoy the carrier ops in 46 all that much, I preferred it in the 90s titles mores. The inset LSO with paddles in PAW (or was it AotP?) was great.
I really want a PTO for Il-2, not DCS, and it bums me out that it costs so much for this stuff, especially as so much of it goes under the radar of most of the customers.
In other words, he could probably spend a quarter of that for info that would make a Zero that would be good enough for 90% of the users.