New aircraft supporting RAZBAM’s South Atlantic scenario are now on the radar (so to speak) as the developers are talking about their long term plans. They are definitely interesting plans so let’s dig into it.
The statement on their Facebook page starts with a bit of a disclaimer:
OK, after reading about the worries of what is NOT in the sim as flyable aircraft for the South Atlantic islands terrain, here is a list of what’s TANGIBLY being worked on, by NO reason this is to be taken as a hype train post, it’s simple what you can expect by and/or after such terrain is available for purchase AND NOT BEFORE and have no relation at all to any AI asset that will have to be included with it. Any self induced hype is sole responsibility of the person involved and as already stated, is not the reason for this post.
Essentially, RAZBAM is responding to criticism or comments from various angles that they don’t have a plan or are developing the terrain for the South Atlantic without the aircraft to support it. Only a few days ago it became pretty clear that it wasn’t the case and they did have a longer term plan when the IA-58 Pucara was talked about.
That must have opened the floodgates about other Falkland Wars aircraft because they have now released a list of types they are looking at:
- IA-58 Pucara
- Mirage III (or) IAI Dagger (either one, not both)
- Dassault Super Etendard
- Sea Harrier FRS.1
I encourage you to read the rest of the statement for more context.
Think long term here
At this point both RAZBAM and I encourage you to look at this list skeptically. This is a long range, multi-year plan. With more than a half dozen different types now under development, RAZBAM has their hands full, but they are seemingly staking a claim to covering an oft ignored air combat conflict.
The star aircraft of that conflict appear to be on their roadmap so that RAZBAM will eventually have a map and aircraft types to go on it that are unique to that scenario and situation.
I know the Sea Harrier has plenty of fans (and RAZBAM is proven at jump jet technology with their AV-8B Harrier) and so does the Mirage III. It’s also not clear if the Mirage IIICJ they were developing would be diverted to one more typical of the type operated by Argentina in that conflict.
I always look at the takeaway from any given statement and that bigger picture is this: RAZBAM’s map team is busy building a map that they intend to fill out using their other developers (artists, programmers, etc.) as part of a long term strategy for introducing content to DCS.
This is much less hype train and more of a roadmap for future development and a clear shot at folks who have seen pieces of their plan and assumed the worst. It looks much better than the worst but this won’t satisfy anyone who isn’t willing to wait a few years to see it all play out.
Still, a plan is better than no plan, and there’s at least a potential for people to see that there is (or appears to be) method to the madness.