A few days ago, DCS World Third party developers Leatherneck Simulations/Magnitude 3 LLC updated the community on the status of their two modules currently in production and released. The Christen Eagle II and MiG-21bis are both making progress and we’ve got some new details!
MiG-21bis is coming to MAC, new features
Fans of the MiG-21 have much to like with the DCS World MiG-21bis and a few things that have caused words to be spoken out-loud, often in frustration, as the module has had some troublesome bugs particularly with the transition over to DCS World 2.5.
Those days seem to be behind the MiG-21 and Leatherneck as the module has slowly been receiving updates and there are new efforts underway to help bring the module forward with some new features.
The MiG-21bis is going to be a release aircraft with Eagle Dynamics new Modern Air Combat and this more simplified version of the MiG-21 will potentially make it into a popular module with more casual players.
Here are some other key updates that we’ve learned about:
- Leatherneck is working with Eagle Dynamics to move the key based DRM over to the new account based system which should solve a major headache that many MiG-21 users were experiencing
- A major cockpit update will include new planned versions featuring various livery options including colours, language, and weathering
- Two 8K textures will be remapped into four 4K textures to improve performance on some systems
- Missile performance parameters are being worked on
According to the developers, no flight model changes are currently planned and the team has apparently worked with both Eagle Dynamics and a real time data readout from a Serbian MiG-21 to ensure accuracy.
Overall, this sounds like good news for MiG-21bis fans as the aircraft is getting a mix of new features and some solutions to some old problems with performance and DRM.
Christen Eagle II enters into testing
It isn’t quite done yet but Leatherneck is hard at work on getting the CEII ready as DCS’ first civilian only module (technically the Yak-52 has been flown as a trainer). Leatherneck says that they have some quirks to address with the flight model but that progress is good and that some SMEs, including aerobatics instructors, have given the module some positive reactions.
The cockpit looks good (if plain compared to the button covered monstrosities of some of the modern jet fighters) and the overall appearance of the aircraft appears to have really come together.
Leatherneck has also had a bit of fun with a popular meme floating around the community based on the scene in Top Gun where Maverick and Goose fly inverted over a “MiG-28.”
You can see for yourself how they have recreated this popular meme and tapped into some of the hype surrounding Heatblur’s F-14 Tomcat reveal.
I thought it was clever.