Ubi Soft has announced that IL-2 Sturmovik expansion Forgotten Battles is no longer an expansion. The game's status (and presumably price tag) has been upped to full sequel, and the game will no longer require installation of IL-2 to run. What's more, Ubi Soft has pinpointed the game's release date: February 20th, 2003.
The decision to elevate Forgotten Battles and give developer 1C: Maddox Games more time to finish it was taken because "the work has exceeded all expectations for an add-on, and is of such high quality and depth," according to Ubi's European Brand Manager Vincent Munoz.
Ubi Soft also points out that you can see IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles and Lock-On: Air Combat Simulation at this year's European Computer Flight Simulation Show in Birmingham, UK, taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum on November 23rd.