Big news for DCS World today with the announcement that the long awaited DCS: F-18 module will be revealed at the Thrustmaster booth at E3 2017.
The Hornet stings!
It’s been years since the announcement that Eagle Dynamics were working on a full fidelity authentic recreation of the F-18C Hornet and associated carrier operations. A lot has happened since that initial announcement including ED bailing out the failed DCS: World War II Kickstarter effort which surely diverted some resources into completing the Normandy map and some of the aircraft such as the Bf109K-4 and FW190D-9.
Several third party modules have also launched in that time as well with Belsimtek’s F-5E and MiG-15bis being two excellent entries to the available third party modules. I mention Belsimtek specifically because they have become a partner with Eagle Dynamics to complete the F-18 module.
Eagle Dynamics SA and Belsimtek are excited to announce that DCS: F/A-18C Hornet will have its debut showing at E3 2017 at the Thrustmaster® booth. DCS: F/A-18C will be by far the most authentic PC simulation of a modern fighter to date, and it will use unique CFD engine and aerodynamics developed by Belsimtek. Based on exhaustive research in association with Boeing, current fighter pilots and the development of our new simulation engine, the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet will set a new benchmark.
New hardware from Thrustmaster?
It appears that Eagle Dynamics has also collaborated with Thrustmaster in this reveal to the point where many are now expecting a new hardware announcement from Thrustmaster to go along with the F-18 announcement.
While all eyes may be on DCS: F-18 itself, equally exciting would be news that a control system designed around the F-18 would also be on offer.
See what they have to say:
Eagle Dynamics SA senior producer, Matt Wagner, states, “We are happy to announce the cooperation between Eagle Dynamics SA and Thrustmaster® to create the ultimate F/A-18C Hornet simulation experience”. “After the success of our first collaboration with Eagle Dynamic SA on DCS: A-10C Warthog, that lead to the HOTAS Warthog, we are proud to start a new collaboration on the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet”, says Gilles Raulet, Thrustmaster Development Director.
Excitement will surely be high for E3 in the flight sim community this year. It’s rare that E3 features any kind of flight sim content but this year looks to be something special.
The E3 expo starts June 13 and ends on June 15 so look for the announcement somewhere in those three days.
In the meantime, check out the full announcement from Eagle Dynamics.