This just plopped into my mailbox a short while ago, and I would like to share it here. This is straight from the horses mouth, and signs the "death knell" of any further development of IL-2 Cliffs of Dover.
On the plus side, I love Rise of Flight and wish them all the best in this collaboration, as it's clear to me that 1C are simply not up to the job on their own!
"Dear 1C Forum Member!
1C Announces Partnership with 777 Studios to
create 1C Game Studios and develop IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
1C is proud to take the next step in flight-simulation history with 777
Studios, a company and team that has grown to be one of the best
flight-simulation developers in the world with its project Rise of Flight (http://riseofflight.com). We look forward to
bringing a new era of development and spirit of enjoyment to the combat
flight-simulation community together.
Battle of Stalingrad will include
both single-player and multi-player scenarios for virtual pilots to enjoy as
well as brand new gameplay modes. Initial client release is slated for early
2014 with add-on content and additional features and theatres to
You can read the full announcement on the official website of the
game located at Il2sturmovik.net.
Please note that the upcoming title will
also have a new forum dedicated entirely to IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of
Stalingrad. We would like to invite to come and visit the new
forum (http://forum.il2sturmovik.net), where
you will find additional information about the project and will be able to ask
questions and chat with the developers.
1C Game Studios