A few weeks ago I wrote that Eagle Dynamics were promising that DCS World 2.5 would be out by the end of January. Now, we have confirmation from the Eagle Dynamics DCS Facebook page that there is a release date: January 31st!
Down to the wire (with a catch)
January 31st is now officially the date to wait for. Sort of. There’s a bit of a catch though, as the first release on January 31st will be a beta.
If you’re running DCS World 1.6 beta then you’ll automatically get the 2.5 beta first. If you run on the stable version, you’ll be waiting for phase two. Importantly, it’s been stated that they will be monitoring the status of the beta release of 2.5 for week or two weeks prior to moving the 1.5 stable release over to 2.5.
This is also a good way to make sure that the roll-out is working ok. Rather than running into a last minute glitch that makes the game unplayable for all, they are only risking a broken update for players who are already interested in being a bit more on the edge with the beta release.
Two more videos
To tide us over for the January 31st (or mid February) release we’ve got two more videos which I love to see from the developers.
On YouTube we have a 46-minute archived live stream by Matt Wagner flying a Huey across the new Caucasus landscape. We’ve seen this before but not at this slow speed. The change in speed gives you a different perspective and a new appreciation of the details.
Next, on Facebook we have a four seasons video which has a Mi-8 flying across more of the Caucasus terrain with all four seasons. Worth a watch!
EDIT: Now you can watch it on YouTube as well.
A few extra thoughts
Rolling out in beta first and then to the masses on the stable track after is a good idea. It’s a smart move. Their promise is kept. However, the reception is mixed and not everyone feels like they are getting DCS World 2.5 on the promised date.
I was hoping for a full roll-out by the end of the month and not the beta at the end of January and the full roll-out a week or two later.
In the grand scheme of things, a couple of weeks delay is no big deal and with hard disk space at a premium I’ll just wait for the full roll-out. I do wish we knew a little more ahead of time.
Expectations and meeting them of course is a tricky thing.