Matt Wagner live stream reveals small hints at DCS World modules

The next DCS World beta patch is coming tomorrow, and with it a list of fixes and new features including the AGM-65E and FPAS page for the F/A-18C Hornet. Although most of what Matt Wagner was talking about had to do with the extremely near future, there were a few hints at what was coming next thanks to a glimpse of his DCS World main menu screen. Nothing new was revealed there but for new readers, we can briefly recap what’s coming up next in DCS World.

Hints at what is next, not when

This afternoon, Matt Wagner hosted a live stream on YouTube and in it he spent most of the time talking about imminent features. This is what was reported by people who had a chance to watch it. It is unfortunately now offline and no longer available to watch. If the situation changes, I will update this post.

Now, thanks to r/Hoggit user Torsteine we have this very good image of Matt Wagner’s main menu and continued evidence of what is on Eagle Dynamics’ plate.

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Here are some of the standouts on the list:

  • F-14B – Heatblur’s F-14B is now officially on the list and has its own icon. This is generally good news when it comes to imminent release.
  • F-16C – Already confirmed by Eagle Dynamics as a future module, the F-16C is expected to be a Block 50/52 variant and possibly a Block 50/52+ as used by countries such as Poland, Greece, and others. This is speculation but there is some thought that the F-16 will be roughly the same in date as the F/A-18C and therefore come with features like the JHMCS, AIM-9X, and other more recent additions to the airframe. Adding the conformal fuel tanks as used by countries such as Poland on their F-16C Block 50/52+ would also be welcomed.
  • L-39 MAC – The L-39 is already well established in DCS World, however, a Flaming Cliffs style Modern Air Combat release will bring with it a slightly simpler to use version of the jet ideal for people who want to spend less time learning systems and jump straight into flying the jet.
  • Mi-24P – The Hind helicopter has been in service since 1970 and has flown with over 30 nations right into present day. The Mi-24P is a gunship variant of the Mi-24 (also available in troop transport variations) with a GSh-30k cannon and the ability to mount anti-tank missiles in some upgrade packages. Eagle Dynamics showed off an early concept for the Mi-24 years ago.
  • Strait of Dover – This is an interesting possible map for DCS World. I will note on the screen that nearly all of the modules say 2.5.4 but this remains at 2.0.0 and may have been a development that is not currently ongoing. That said, we know that future WWII maps have been talked about in the past and this could still be one of them.
  • Syria – Already confirmed and now appearing on Matt’s screen, Syria is at 2.5.4 and appears to be in active development.

That is currently all that we know from this screen. None of it is new information for us but it is confirmation that Eagle Dynamics is working away at some of these modules. Their release dates are unknown but I wanted to speculate on how these may play out.

Speculating

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The F-14B will launch into DCS World sometime in the next couple of months.

So, how soon are some of these modules expected? Well let’s talk about that and see what is possible.

Heatblur is definitely near early access release for the F-14B (and the F-14A later) and they have indicated that they would like a December 2018 release, however, it may end up being pushed into early in the new year. Still, its appearing to be remarkably complete now and nearly ready for users to start testing. There will be bugs and issues as well as development of the F-14A, a new aircraft carrier, and an AI model of the A-6 Intruder (at DCS World levels of detail no less – ripe for a future module).

Syria is being developed by a third party map developer Urga Media and appears to have been in development for some time now. Its possible that their map will be complete by sometime next year making a release sometime in 2019 likely in my estimation.

The F-16C and Mi-24P Hind are both projects that the former Belsimtek (now absorbed into Eagle Dynamics) were working on or were likely to be working on already. Given the close connections between them and Eagle Dynamics and the fact that both F-16C and Mi-24 were first shown off over a decade ago – it’s likely that a lot of the research and licensing work has already been cleared off the table and that early development is now underway.

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The Mi-24 will bring its menacing silhouette to the skies of DCS World.

While the F/A-18C is currently still in early access, many of the team members responsible for the art for the aircraft are likely already working on these projects. Programmers are probably also doing double duty by programming core features into DCS World that benefit the Hornet now but are also destined for the F-16C (and any other 4th gen fighter they work on). Systems such as updated radar modeling, JHMCS, AIM-9X, and dozens of guided weapons are going to be shared between these two aircraft.

I think it’s questionable if the F-16C will see any sort of early access in 2019. It is possible, but I advise not getting your hopes up for that just yet.

As for the Mi-24, things are less clear where that project is at but depending on resources allocated it may also be coming along at the same time. A lot of technology and resources developed by Belsimtek for the DCS: Mi-8MTV2 would probably be portable to the Mi-24.

The F-4E gets no mention for now and that is likely because its on the back burner, however, contrary to some reports by the community, we’ve heard nothing that suggests that the F-4E is cancelled. Instead, I suspect that Eagle Dynamics decided to tackle the F-16C, an aircraft related closely to a project they are already working on, before moving to something different. Indeed, when the F-4E becomes a priority it may also signal a shift towards a more 1960s/1970s era.

There’s a lot in DCS World now that is exciting but of course it is always exciting to look at what is coming next too. There will be more to talk about on all of these subjects soon!

 

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex says:

    Definetely waiting for the Viper. BMS will still probably be the definitive Falcon simulator but I would not mind flying it in the more up-to-date DCS engine…

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  2. Francesco Kasta says:

    So many modules, so little time.

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  3. Blue 5 says:

    A Dover map? This company makes no sense to me at all – their project management appears to be similar to a teenage Facebook conversation. We have endless half-finished models most of which interact poorly from a scenario perspective. They finish an element of one thing then something totally different turns up. They have a bewildering mass of 3rd party developers over whom they seem to have little control (fine if this was volunteer work, but it is supposed to be a business).

    The modern stuff is OK-ish, even if much of it remains alpha-beta-ry (though – of course – everyone has paid up front in full). The WW2 stuff is a joke – clickable cockpit aside, is there that much difference between the DCS and BoX Mk. IX? The damage model is far too simple for the period weapons and the a/c released on the German side do not fit with the Normandy map (ah, the ever-present ‘SWOTL’ Axis favouring – never gets old).

    And now they are thinking of a Straits of Dover map. What The Fiddlesticks? Perfect for flying my….err..my….half-baked early access Tomcat (AIM-54 estimated release probably around 2027). Or my P-47. What is it now, 5 years waiting for that one?

    There really should be a community strike when it comes to DCS – you get more money when you sort out your sh1t.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      As much as I sometimes lament Eagle Dynamics apparent lack of focus, it seems like the Strait of Dover map is not something worked on recently and could have been something (as the version number suggests) from version 2.0. They may have been thinking about it before they focused more specifically on Normandy. It may also have been a larger map but centered on Dover. It’s hard to know without more details but it doesn’t seem to be something that they are actively working on.

      As for the F-14, Heatblur indicates that they intend to have all weapon systems available for the F-14B on early access launch (either in December or early in 2019). I’m sure there will still be bugs but that is the promise that was made. We’ll see what happens come early access.

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  4. Blue 5 says:

    Straits of Dover / MiG-19 bundle FTW!

    If the F-14 has most of its fearures working before summer 2019 I will be astonished.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Just reporting what Heatblur said during their big event a few weeks ago. We’ll see what comes!

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  5. Mischiew Rithe says:

    The Fighting Falcon is the bird I have been longing for since I know DCS, probably because of unresolved issues with Falcon 4 back then 😉 Not sure why I stopped with F4, probably too much work, university, and so on. There’s still BMS of course, but it’s hard for me to get back to the awkward interface and square terrain after the spoils of DCS and IL-2, even if they did a wonderful job compared to the original.

    The Hornet surely make up for that, but still, that’s the Falcon I regularly see in the sky here (until they’re replaced by those F-35s, for a reason that is more political than technical).

    Against a MiG-23, that should be fun, I’m not too sure how it matches with the later -29 or Sukhois we have in DCS, I don’t know them at all.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      The F-16? More than able to hold its own against the MiG-29 or Su-27. I’m a huge fan of the Hornet so life is great right now for me but the Viper holds some real interest too. I’d probably jump for early access on that one too.

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      1. superetendard3 says:

        If I’m correct the F-16C will be a Block 50 variant, so the MiG-23 wouldn’t be much of a threat, it’s counterparts are the more modern 4th gen Russian fighters

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        This is what we’ve heard. It may be a Block 50/52+ as I surmised in the post. The 50/52+ are extremely capable with a mission set and weapons carriage capabilities similar to the Hornet though with some of its own unique abilities.

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  6. Blue 5 says:

    Some small but crucial difference between the 50/52 and slightly developed versions:

    http://www.f-16.net/f-16_versions_article9.html

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’s an excellent article. My guess, is that they will try for a Block 52+ and that article covers exactly what’s included there. JDAM, wild weasel, conformal fuel tanks, are all part of what Greece, Poland, Israel and others were sold and I think ED will probably want to try and connect with a large number of people that way.

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