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  1. Better late than never? The first official comment after two years of silence. Basically a more elaborate, straightforward version of the post made back in 2017 after the initial postponement. Apparently, the overall situation has not changed much since then. This makes me wonder: Why weren't we told much earlier? The "eventual move to the Pacific" was first announced in 2016 together with BoK. The game had to be revitalized. Ever since 2017 we have been held in suspense. I used to be a vocal advocate of an instalment set in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, but would have been fine with a clear statement in 2017. I'm thoroughly disappointed by the way this was handled over the past few years. In addition, it's hard for me to understand why they are limiting themselves to naval battles. This has been the baseline of many of my comments in the past. The Papua & New Guinea Campaign 1942/43 would have been a low(er)-hanging fruit and the perfect stepping stone into the theatre. For whatever it's worth, I offered my help several times after providing historical data relevant to BoBP - not one Dev ever reacted to it. I know I'm not the first Asiatic-Pacific Theatre enthusiast scared away. Anyway, it is what it is. I wish they had posted this exact statement in November 2017.
  2. Why did this turn into a Ju 88 C-6 (R-2) vs. Ju 188 (E-1) argument? I for one would replace the unhistorical Ar 234 B-2 and sell it as a stand-alone (BoBP) collector plane. Move the Ju 88 C-6 (R-2) to the collector slot and add the Ju 188 E-1 to the main planeset. Jason told me that they can't build the Me 410 and the Ju 188 with the resources and time available to them - drop the operational V-1. The resources and time allocated for developing the V-1 and Ar 234 should be sufficient to build the Ju 188 E-1. Large parts of the Ju 88 A-4 model could be reused and the BMW 801 G-2 engine could be adapted from the Fw 190's BMW 801 D-2. To those saying the Ju 188 isn't relevant because they operated at night: the same goes for the Me 410. To those saying the Ju 188 is dead meat if attacked by 1944 fighters: the same goes for the Me 410. There are no Allied bombers for the Me 410 night intruders to attack. The pre-invasion phase, 'Unternehmen Steinbock' (Baby Blitz), is hardly complete without a Luftwaffe bomber (if one doesn't own the Ju 88 A-4 (Bf 109 G-6 argument)). The only documented (photo) C-6 without gondola I'm aware of was operated by KG 76 in the Mediterranean. Random career mission are out of question; scripted ones might work a bit better.
  3. ... and so did I, over and over again. It would have been the obvious choice based on the current state of the game and the gameplay options. Data is available; help has been offered. Whatever the reason(s) might be, it's not going to happen. Probably 75% business decision, 25% not feeling/being up to the task. I'm giving up on it. All I'm waiting for is the promised official comment. They knew for a long time - they should have told us a long time ago.
  4. Gameplay includes single-player mode - hunting the V-1 doesn't provide much of it. Nobody cared about the V-1 in First Gen. IL-2 after killing it a few times. I'm interested in a historical air war simulation, not a themed sandbox. Having some super detailed aircraft without historical context isn't for me. I want it - as a stand-alone (BoBP) collector plane. Earns them more money and frees up a slot in the BoN planeset for a more relevant aircraft like the omnipresent Spitfire IX.
  5. I simply can't get over parts of the 'Battle of Normandy' planeset. The V-1 strikes me as the justification of the Spitfire XIV; it's a literal one-shot in terms of gameplay. A Spitfire Mk. IX (Merlin 63, 66, 70) would have been infinitely more useful. A playable C-47 would be very cool, but the AI-only version is rather pointless considering the famous airdrop was conducted at night. Use the freed-up resources to develop the important Ju 188 and sell us the Spitfire XIV and Ar 234 B-2 as stand-alone collector planes. Bristol and Hawker aircraft are my reason to play RAF. Spitfires aren't my thing.
  6. ZG 1 used the BMW 801 equipped Ju 88 R-2 alongside the otherwise identical Ju 88 C-6 during the BoN timeframe. This at least somewhat viable and worthwhile model should be included as a modification or replace the C-6. ZG 1 operated over the Bay of Biscay from airfields far outside the proposed map area. Thus the C-6 (R-2) should be the collector plane (and the Ju 188 replace the non-fitting Ar 234 B-2; sell latter as a stand-alone BoBP collector plane). Very few C-6 served with KG 51 & KG 76 during the BoS & BoK campaigns; their missions are almost impossible to recreate. Not doing the R-2 because of this would be a bad choice in my opinion. I'm afraid I disagree.
  7. They should model the U-2's bombsight before selling anything new. After all, it's supposed to be a light night bomber. Right now it's a hardly implemented letdown. Corrected official skins and AO-25 bombs would be appreciated. They should have done a P-38J-15 or -20 instead of the rare J-25; it would have been usable throughout the BoN & BoBP timeframes and they could have added a Droop Snoot modification. Hardly anyone is making use of the J-25's boosted ailerons and dive flaps (not dive brakes!) - as expected. There still is no playable Western Allied level bomber - a Droop Snoot would have been the cheapest (and a unique) way to change this. Chance missed.
  8. The A-6 is a slightly heavier A-5 equipped with MG 151/20 in the outer wings. Nothing more, nothing less. "Redesigned wing" is a bit over the top - they changed the outer weapon bay. Mk 103 and 108 armaments were only trialled. I expect: ETC 501 rack (Bombs, Droptank) Sturmjäger (additional armour) Outer MG 151/20 removed BR 21 F-3; G-3 (ground attack aircraft; fighter-bomber) Nothing new; it's most likely the easiest plane to do. I'm more interested in seeing how they are going to adopt the omnipresent A-8 we already got in BoBP with increased boost.
  9. Operation Overlord isn't for you if you are not into a butchered Luftwaffe. The Ju 188 is indispensable for an accurate representation of the BoN timeframe. I'm still positive they are not going to model an unarmed Ar 234 prototype pressed into service as a recon, but the regular B-2 model - which simply does not fit BoN. Long story short, Jason himself summed it up: If you are happy with that: honestly, good for you. I'm interested in a historical air war simulation, not a themed sandbox. I'm in the minority. Nothing wrong with the Ju 88C-6 itself, I just don't like the package: Ju 88 C-6 (= Ju 88 A-4), Bf 109 G-6 "Late" (= G-6, G-14), Fw 190 A-6 (= A-5) Added to that, the airfields ZG 1 operated from are far off the proposed map and the unit's in-game career will be limited to a few mauling sorties. I still wish they had done the P-38J-15 or -20 and a Droop Snoot modification for it. Unlike the rare J-25, it would have been usable throughout the BoN timeframe. But I digress. ZG 1 operated Ju 88 R-2 (C-6 with BMW 801) alongside the C-6 - more viable, more worthwhile. Maybe it's going to be a modification? I wouldn't get my hopes up. Overdue!
  10. Thanks for the reply Jason! I do understand and sympathize with your situation. That said, my priorities seem to be different ones - I will have to live with that.
  11. Only two(!) Ar 234 prototypes(!) were utilized for reconnaissance flights during the Battle of Normandy timeframe. The first bombing sortie was conducted by regular B-2 models on 24 December 1944. I'm positive they are not going to model an unarmed prototype version pressed into service as a recon, but the regular B-2 model - which doesn't fit BoN at all. The prototypes in question still used the take-off trolley and landing skids instead of a conventional landing gear and do not fit BoBP. Including this aircraft instead of a Ju 88 S-1, Ju 188A-2/E-1 or even Do 217M-1 is super weird and it's not going to fit BoN and BoBP, only one of the two. The Ju 88 C-6 operated over the Bay of Biscay from airfield far outside the proposed map area; the few missions countering Overlord were an unsuccessful act of desperation. There's no Spitfire Mk. IXc, but a (straight-)flying V-1 and a Spitfire Mk. XIV to counter it. The only bomber is yet again going to be an AI-only version, this time of the B-26. Finally, the AI C-47 are going to conduct the famous airdrop at night, so nobody is going to witness it. Good for those who are satisfied.
  12. Can't say I'm looking forward to this. Yet again not the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre you committed to Too many rehashed aircraft Yet again no playable Allied bomber Personally not very interested in the Channel Front As of now, I can't see myself backing it. Nonetheless: The best of luck!
  13. Midway!? Definitely Asiatic-Pacific Theatre - it has to be.
  14. I wholeheartedly agree with your first sentence, as is evidenced by many of my posts. The IJNAS, and consequently the Zero, did play a very important role in the Papua & New Guinea campaign. In fact, the IJAAS wasn't involved until December 1942. This offers us a very diverse planeset - which is a very good thing. The IJAAS' involvement in the Solomon Islands Campaign was limited to a brief deployment of Ki-43 and Ki-48 in the last days of January 1943. The British involvement was limited to "USS Robin". As of now, I still doubt the viability of carrier scenarios. The Papua & New Guinea Campaign 1942/43 and the involved assets are doable(!) - this scenario is the obvious choice to get a foot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. That said, I don't care too much as long as they stay true to their commitment and produce something set in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.
  15. For me, the next instalment has to be set in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre - even if it continues the tedious focus on the Pacific Ocean Areas (btw: there was no "PTO"). Is this ever-popular "Pacific = naval stuff"-thingy going to play out in this game? Who knows, but at least they stay true to their commitment. This is what I care about. Maybe they even take heart and do the favourable Papua New Guinea 1942/43 campaign. Maybe not. I'm convinced it is doable. Japan being listed in the mission editor is nice, but so are Italy, Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire. Only an official announcement will tell - and it's going to be telling.
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