Releasing these new screenshots
, 505 Games
and 1C Company
have announced that the development of IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
includes the use of satellite photography. STRM database pictures, renowned for their uttermost precision, have been used to recreate the landscapes of war-torn Europe in remarkable detail. Building accurate 1940's environments using the latest in cutting edge satellite technology comes with a set of immediate problems, most obviously the 50 year time gap in buildings, foliage and other features, many of which did not exist at the time of the game's setting and others which are now long gone from the real word and need to be added. To combat this, the development team have collated and pored over hundreds of wartime photos, documents and maps, painstakingly removing unwanted additions and recreating missing landscape features. In the works at Gaijin Entertainment
for Xbox 360 and PS3 and developed by DiP Interactive
for Nintendo DS and by Dynamic Systems
for PSP, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey will be published under the 1C Label in late 2009.