IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Demo Lands on Xbox Live Arcade

July 29, 2009


Players Can Experience Demo of
Single-Player Mode for Flight Combat Game on Xbox 360

505 Games U.S., in collaboration
with 1C Company, have today released a demo for upcoming flight combat title
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. The single-player demo is now available for
download on the Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft. The IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey demo will give players
a taste of two of the game’s memorable conflict scenarios, The Battle of Britain
and The Battle of the Bulge.

In Battle of Britain: Red Skies Over
Dover, players are given the role of a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot commanding
the legendary Mk. II Spitfire with B wing armament (two canons, four machine
guns). What starts off as a routine ‘mopping up’ mission on a few stray He-111
German bombers soon develops into an all-out battle in which the RAF faced their
finest hour. The mission demonstrates the skills required to intercept larger
bombers as well as the more nimble Stuka bombers. The need to use wingmen
effectively will become apparent as the mission unfolds and survivors will have
the opportunity to land on a home airstrip.

In Battle of the Bulge: Tiger Hunt,
the US Air Force P-51D Mustang is the weapon of choice, as players are tasked
with taking out Germans ripping through the Ardennes. Defending FW-190 fighters
will also have to be dispatched to help overcome the Tigers as US forces aim to
stem the German advance and defend the front line. The mission will allow
players to try rocket attacks on ground targets as well as sample the
snow-capped vistas of the Belgian landscape in December.

Based around large-scale aerial
combat over the ground-based military operations of World War II, variety is at
the heart of the action in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. Players participate in
the most famous confrontations of the era piloting fighters, battle planes or
heavy bombers across a range of thrilling 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.

As well as 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 aircraft, such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dogfights.

505 Games, in collaboration with 1C
Company, will release IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey in North America on
September 15, 2009 for Xbox 360, PS3, DS and PSP platforms. For all of the
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