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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad headed to PC in 2014 from new studio

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, a new entry in the long-running World War II-based series of flight simulator games, is in development for PC by newly-formed 1C Game Studios, according to a press release from 1C.

The game's arial combat will plot a course for World War II's Eastern Front, take place over the oft-renamed Russian city from 1942 - 1943. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is slated for an early 2014 release with single-player, multiplayer and DLC planned.

The game will bring together former competitors 1C and 777 Studios who have partnered to form 1C Game Studios. 777's previous work includes Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War and Wings of Prey: WWII Air Combat.

"The 777 Studios team is very excited to be partnering with such a publisher and developer like 1C," said Jason Williams, president of 777 Studios. "Their passion and support for PC combat flight-simulation as well as historical warfare titles has always been a blessing to these genres and we look forward to producing an excellent product for the Sturmovik legacy and continuing to bring additional content to our existing Rise of Flight product line."

The Sturmovik series began with 1C: Maddox Games' IL-2 Sturmovik, released for Windows PC in 2001. Ubisoft published the studio's latest entry in the series, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, in 2011.