Russian publisher 1C enters the game console market

Posted by David on June 11, 2008 01:38 PM

(via Kotaku)

Yes, that's a picture of a WWII fighter on the left. No, I'm not going to start reporting on WWII sims. But in this case, this is relevant for the WWI sim market.

Russian publisher 1C announced their first two titles for game consoles: Captain Blood (a pirate adventure of some sort) and IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the newest in the IL-2 series that we all know and love.

This is interesting to me, since it's (VERY speculatively) thought that 1C will release Knights of the Sky. Which, if true, raises the question of 1C pushing for a console release of KoTS. KoTS developer VikS doesn't confirm or deny it, so it leaves open the possibility. But remember, the news of 1C publishing Knights of the Sky comes from only one source, and that's unofficial, so remember that this is HIGHLY speculative!

As one site notes, flights sims have been inching themselves into the game console market just as RTS games have. I never thought, with all the keys required, that RTS games would be successful or fun on a game console, with its limited keys on the controller. I can imagine some people think the same way about flight sims. With PC flight sims, we have special keys that start/stop the engine, adjust throttle, adjust flaps, pull up landing gear, launch a bomb, etc. Of course, some of those things are only on WWII and newer planes, which I can imagine are a LOT more complicated than WWI aircraft (another reason I will always love WWI more).

One thing people forget is that modern game consoles, just like PCs, have USB ports. If the game supports it, you can hook up all sorts of neat stuff, from plastic "guitars" and drums, to steering wheels and pedals, to even joysticks.

In any case, with my newly purchased Xbox 360, I'm looking forward to flying IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey when it's released sometime in 2009 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., which is due out later this year.

But I'm still waiting patiently for the WWI sims to make their appearance on consoles!