There are a lot of small things happening in DCS World right now that are adding up to some larger moments. Here’s a round-up of things that have been happening in the last week.
DCS World 2.2 released
A “small” interim patch has been released which brings the Alpha version of DCS World up to version 2.2. This is a stepping stone towards the big DCS World 2.5 release which we’ve been told is only a matter of weeks away at this point.
New explosion and smoke effects
Version 2.2 brings with it some visual enhancements like new explosion effects for some (but not all) weapons. These new particle effects are better than the old bitmaps but they still probably need some more work before they are finished.
There are also new smoke effects and building damage improvements for the Normandy map as well. These add some much needed visual flare to the map to make it reflect the conflict that was going on at the time.
Bunyap on the DCS forums has this image and more available to look over.
I went to town taking some screenshots from the 2.2 update (though not focused on specific 2.2 updates) myself with some MiG-29A and Su-27 flights over Nevada. I have to say that the sim is performing better and the visuals continue to impress me.
Going to spend some time with the F-15 and A-10 as well in my next flying session.
500kts at low altitude in the Hornet
Eagle Dynamics is still working on some crucial startup sequence programming before they can show us their next full video tutorial on how to fly the Hornet but while we’re waiting they have been releasing a slow trickle of Hornet information.
A YouTube video with the F/A-18C flying low through some snow covered valleys of DCS World 2.5’s new Caucasus map is really worth watching at least a couple of times. Its very impressive and note how the whole thing doesn’t skip a beat. If you’ve watched the Facebook version of this video… watch the YouTube one and make sure you set it to 1080p and 60fps. Its much smoother than Facebook’s video.
New Charnwood Campaign
A new campaign is available for the P-51D Mustang called the “Charnwood” campaign. Historically based Mustang campaign for June 1944 is set during the Operation Overlord campaign. It seems to be a mix of ground pounding and air to air combat so you’ll really get a chance to use the Mustang in a few different ways.
Here are some of the key features of the new campaign:
- 12 historic missions taken from detailed accounts of Operation Charnwood
- Detailed briefing and briefing images, including separate PDF mission files
- Unique kneeboard graphics for each mission
- Hundreds of specially recorded voice-over messages to recreate the actual callsigns and accents
- A wide array of missions included armed reconnaissance, rail interdiction, and ground attack
- Takes advantage of new AI features like Flak avoidance, authentic formations, and improve artificial intelligence for air and ground units
The campaign is available for $9.99 on the DCS e-shop and requires the DCS: P-51D Mustang, DCS: Normandy and DCS: WWII Assets Pack to work.
JF-17 Thunder Update
Deka Ironworks continues to work on some Chinese military aviation specific content such as their upcoming JF-17 Thunder module for DCS. The JF-17 Thunder, for those who may not be too familiar with it, is a join venture between Pakistan and China to create a 4th Gen fighter jet approximately at the same performance level as the F-16 but without the expensive price tag.
This is supposed to be a flyable module and to my knowledge it will be, when released, the first time a Chinese developed military aircraft of any type has been available to fly in a combat flight simulator.
MiG-19 cockpit update
Meanwhile… RAZBAM is busy with the AV-8B release and future projects. They have confirmed that the MiG-19 will be their next release while the A-29 Super Tucano will come out sometime after the MiG project.
They have also shown us some updates to the MiG-19 cockpit which is now looking to be fully textured and probably ready for the next steps in the process.
A lot going on right now
No specific theme to any of these updates except to say that there is a lot of activity in the DCS community right now. Of course, many are still talking about the recent Christen Eagle II aerobatic plane announcement by Magnitude 3 with a lot of passionate viewpoints on what a pure civil aircraft brings or takes away from the DCS experience.
Clearly, however, there is a lot of other activity that is also going on.