Getting word this morning that the DCS: Persian Gulf map has been released (as scheduled) and that players on the beta version of the DCS World 2.5 can now start downloading it!
Welcome to the Persian Gulf
If you’ve been not paying too much attention to this module until now, DCS: Persian Gulf is the release name and version of the previously talked about DCS: Strait of Hormuz map. The team decided that Persian Gulf had better name recognition and the team has also committed to extending the map to the west and north covering more of the Persian Gulf over time.
For now, however, we get several urban areas such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bandar Abbas as well as a half dozen to a dozen airbases, airstrips, international airports, and a variety of desert and open ocean terrain.
Want the full tour? Check out The Reapers Persian Gulf tour Parts 1 and part 2 to get a full sense of what the map is like in both the south and then more northern parts of the map.
Updated: Also now available is Eagle Dynamics official launch video which is a cinematic feast of all of the best parts of the map.
Beta versus stable releases
If you’re on the Stable release branch of DCS World you may be waiting another week or two for early access to this new map but if you’re running the Beta branch then you’ll have access starting today.
A similar scenario will no doubt play out for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet release.
Even so, the long wait for this new map appears to be over and if you’re interested in jumping through a couple of hoops, you too can download it and start flying over this new terrain.
Need to know how to make the switch between beta and release? This short video should still be relevant (even if it was made during 1.5 days):
Looks like fun!
I do hope that Persian Gulf has a long life and gets picked up in a big way by multiplayer servers. We know ED has several campaign makers building scenarios for the map and for the new DCS: F/A-18C module that fits extremely well within the scenario.
Other third party makers have also said to be making campaigns for the map such as Heatblur’s F-14 module release which will include two campaigns – one on Persian Gulf.
Can’t wait to try out the new map! Screenshots and my initial reactions coming as soon as possible!