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IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Latest instalment in the acclaimed IL-2 Sturmovik series from award-winning developer 1C: Maddox Games.

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Old 04-04-2011, 06:44 PM
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Hello everyone,

Thank you all for your continuing support! Thought I'd update you on our progress made after the release date patch went live early on the 31st of March. We worked through the weekend to improve the game some more. I have to note that this wasn't anything unusual, most of the team has been working on a schedule like this for months. As I think I've mentioned somewhere, I've been working 7 days a week since mid-summer.

Our main priority, as stated before, is improving performance.

Here's what we've done as of the end of the day today.

1. Buildings are as fast as we can make them. That's it. I doubt we can improve them more.

2. Trees are still much slower than they can be, but we did completely reshovel the entire code to completely remove microfreezes. They're gone. The code is currently bruteforcing a lot of the stuff so it's not nearly as fast as it can be. We'll be optimizing it some more. Should not take a long time at all.

3. Misc bug fixes, as we can get to them, are also being put in. We've fixed the extremely unfortunate FMB oversight with the labels - it was the result of an overly zealous optimization effort last week. We've also done things to our Info windows, since they gave people more problems than we could ever possibly imagine. That alt-click, we still need to figure out what to do with it. Maybe even reverse the entire thing and make the cockpit alt-clickable and chat windows normal-clickable. I don't think we've ever done anything that confused the players more than these damned windows.

4. We've also finalized updates to the multiplayer GUI - see attachment for preview.

5. Unfortunately what seemed like an easy fix to the server search issue in steam still eludes us. Since I'm only allowed to admit to our own faults but not to other peoples' I can't say anything more about this.


The plan right now is to release an open beta version of the patch tomorrow night or the next day. It'll be a small archive you manually extract on top of your game's install. This is to allow the people to test the fixes. Since we've done some radical things in #1 and #2, we don't want to make the patch live to the entire world right away. We're hoping that everything will go smoothly and nothing new is found in the update, which means we can go ahead with our plans and push the update out to steam the end of the day Friday.

Our great hope that the Friday version will allow everyone to run the game smoothly and finally begin complaining about FM and DM and AI and skins and missions and GUI and landscape and the clouds and the weather!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:47 PM
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Thank you Luthier!

Your typical humour is also present I see

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Old 04-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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...Our great hope that the Friday version will allow everyone to run the game smoothly and finally begin complaining about FM and DM and AI and skins and missions and GUI and landscape and the clouds and the weather!
Now we're talking
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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Sweet!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:51 PM
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Thank you kind sir! Next fix should be ffb!!!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:52 PM
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Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:53 PM
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Good luck, truly.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:54 PM
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The Alt click windows is fine once you get used to it...its not brain surgery . I think a lot of people neglected to read the manual (it was in the manual wasnt it?) Generally once you have it set up to your liking you don't need to touch it again except on rare occasions. If you reverse, and make the cockpit clicking using Alt it will be harder especially during combat where there is already a higher pilot work load. Thanks for the great update.....keep up the good work.

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Old 04-04-2011, 06:54 PM
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Thank you kind sir! Next fix should be ffb!!!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:55 PM
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Nice job Luthier !

We now know about the 7 steps you have to take in your plan to improve COD...
There are GPU SLI and CPU multithread that need to be adressed, but as you have certainly read in our posts, many of us wonder if COD is 64 bits ?
It is because we fear that if it is not, eventually memory management would be a bottleneck to the high performance PC we wish to build for COD...
Any comments ?

Thanks !
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