These new screenshots from 1C's console flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey illustrate the challenge in recreating a 1940s flight environment.
"Building accurate 1940's environments using the latest in cutting edge satellite technology comes with a set of immediate problems, most obviously the 50 year time gap in buildings, foliage and other features, many of which did not exist at the time of the game's setting and others which are now long gone from the real word and need to be added," writes publisher 505 Games.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Screenshots Painstakingly Recreate Fun
"To combat this, the development team have collated and pored over hundreds of wartime photos, documents and maps, painstakingly removing unwanted additions and recreating missing landscape features."
Birds of Prey will hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year with fifty missions, arcade and simulation controls, and multiplayer functionality. PSP and DS versions are also in development.