RAZBAM is continuing their monthly updates (and I’m a little behind on this) with their November update now out and featuring some cool stuff including a really great look at the MiG-19’s start-up process. We’re also seeing the fruits of RAZBAM’s labour in laser scanning pilot gear for the M-2000C and AV-8B modules. Finally, RAZBAM has a bug tracker now fully implemented and you can see what they are working on.
Tracking those bugs
Responding to criticism earlier in the year, RAZBAM has been working hard to become more transparent as a developer and one of the ways that they are doing this is a public bug tracker. It’s a good idea in concept and I think it’s going to hopefully go a long way towards restoring some goodwill with the community.
The tracker now lets us know what bugs they are aware of and working on, what the status is, and any notes on what they are working on. We also have a good idea of what their priorities are and what bugs have been solved.
In the last month, RAZBAM has squashed some long standing bugs including the pesky issue of the AV-8B’s interval bomb timer not working, INS alignment bugs, and the RWR for both M-2000C and AV-8B missing some of the newer entrants into DCS World. Some bigger issues are still to be resolved but they are on the tracker now and you can see how things are going.
New pilot models are now being implemented into DCS World for the M-2000C and AV-8B. These are substantial steps up in accuracy and quality from earlier iterations and while it’s a small detail – its also a really nice touch from their art team which looks to be making a run at improving their quality up towards Eagle Dynamics and Heatblur’s level.
The gear was laser scanned for ultimate accuracy and then that scan was used to create the mapping for more realistically detailed in-game assets. They look excellent!
MiG-19 inching closer to release
RAZBAM’s MiG-19 is intended to launch with a full array of weapons and systems avoiding most of the early access issues and going straight towards a finished product. Though it may launch with bugs, it appears that RAZBAM is aimed at a content complete product.
RAZBAM developer Zeus67 is keeping a post updated on the DCS World forums with the current status of the project and there are a long line of items that are finished and a small but important number of items still remaining.
Integrating cockpit systems, engine modeling, damage modeling and others are still underway and not yet complete. That said, these are the systems that are most critical for the module so getting them done is important. It appears that the MiG-19 will not release in 2018 but it should be sometime in 2019 and I would think sooner than later.
MiG-19 startup video and more
RAZBAM’s now typical monthly update is available on YouTube and it includes all of the latest status updates and a great look at the MiG-19 startup sequence which is great to see. Hopefully we’ll see it flying and be able to fly it sooner than later!