505 Games, in collaboration with 1C Company, today announced that the demo for IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has reached a combined one million downloads on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3. The game will release in North America on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3, and on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 on Nintendo DS and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
“One million demo downloads clearly showcases undeniable interest in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey among gamers,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S. “With the amount of attention paid to every detail of this title, from environments based on a hybrid of period maps and satellite data to our powerful tangible damage effects engine to audio recorded from vintage aircraft, we’re thrilled that so many players are eager to play this year’s most authentic World War II flight combat game.”
In IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, players engage in the most famous confrontations of the European front, piloting fighters or heavy bombers across a range of missions. There are six theatres of war in which to engage – The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Korsun – representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.
Taking environmental and landscape visuals to new heights by incorporating satellite technology, IL-2 also boasts a tangible damage effects engine. Players will see real-time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dogfights. IL-2 will support up to 16 players in multiplayer aerial combat set across four scenarios – Dogfight, Team Battle, Strike and Capture the Airfield.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey will be published by 505 Games in collaboration with 1C Company, and will be available in North America on September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360 and PS3, and on September 15 for DS and PSP.