What would definitely work .. WWI with the Multi Play features of IL-2, and the Single Play / Historical aspects of Red Baron II / 3D
Shortly after IL-2 Strumovik was released, UBIsoft ran a poll asking which theatre should be done next, and WWI had the highest percentage, 29%, more than North Africa and Pacific Theatre WWII
WWI in Il2 engine has been talked about since 2003 at the IL2 Center, at the same time IL-2 1946 was suggested .. Oleg said if he got a set of flawless WWI models, he'd do it
Deutchmark publicly claimed to be working on a free IL-2 mod, a project started at the now defunct AllAircraftArcade IL-2 mod site, when for many months now, he has been developing with Quality Simulation's Vehicle Simulator.
The name "Canvas Knights" was chosen by the IL-2 mod community, described and promoted as a free community mod of IL-2, and really, Deutchmark has no claim to it.
I am the owner of CanvasKnights.com
, and am still promoting the WWI in IL-2 effort which continues now Special Air Service website. Another name will be determined for that project as we get closer to having a few planes and maps ready for release .. it's expected these will be incorporated into a future version of Ultrapack after being released as mod package
The owner of Vehicle Simulator has asked me to hold the domains for his possible future use, describing the progress there as slow and best described as "a research project"
To kinda bring things around though, Oleg would not mind at all having a high quality team build a commercial WWI CFS from the IL-2 engine, as long as he and 1C do not have to spend any time with it.
There were considerable informal negotiations with Oleg and Maddox Games to the point of fleshing out a design doc in 2009, however it was hoped CK would have produced a 8-10 plane mod release by Summer 2009 to show the popularity, and with Deutchmark supposedly working on the IL-2 mod, it was difficult to assemble a second team of IL-2 modders, thinking it duplication of effort ..
A commercial WWI in IL-2 engine would act as a stop gap and idea tester for a WWI CFS using Storm of War engine. IMO, to do that right in SoW might take 3-4 years, and be timed for release at the 100th anniversary of WWI ... also, a team that could show their skills in a difficult to work with IL-2 and impress Oleg, would have priority consideration for working with Storm of War
If people want to see a WWI mod for IL-2, get over to SAS and encourage the effort that consists of many well known IL-2 modders from several mod groups .. there are really no personal issues between these people, but we'll see how it goes