The newest aircraft to DCS World is Magnitude 3’s Christen Eagle II which is now fully released and available for pilots to check out in DCS World. It’s a quirky release compared to the rest of the aircraft line-up in DCS World but it has its own charms from what I’ve seen and heard from the community. Here’s a brief round-up of what I’m hearing.
Ready and released to the world
Designed by WWII P-51D pilot Frank Christen, the CEII is an aerobatic bi-plane specialized to that single role pretty much to the exclusion of everything else. This module in DCS World is the first pure aerobatic aircraft (the Yak-52 serving as a primary trainer) so it represents a new category for the series.
If you want the CEII for DCS, it is now available on the DCS World E-Shop for $29.99 USD and you can fly it if you’re on the DCS World 2.5 beta release. You’ll have to wait until January 23rd for the public release.
The CEII has attracted a fair bit of controversy in the community with all sorts of different comments made. There have been questions on if it has a place in DCS World, on if Magnitude 3 is making a mistake in creating and releasing this, and some have leveled that it will open the door to more modules like this one and fewer of the kind that they want.
While I understand the various concerns out there, I suspect that DCS World will continue to be primarily a combat flight simulator and aircraft like the CEII add some colour and flavour to the series without diverting it from the more serious combat oriented goal.
Now that the CEII is out, however, I feel like those who were interested in the module are finding out that the CEII is what they were looking for and for players not interested, they can carry on as before it was released.
Comments from the community
Reactions from those with the module have been pretty positive as well.
Very happy too, it feels weird to fly it in DCS but I mean weird in a good way, a refreshing wayEight Ball on the DCS World forums
There were only 2 reasons for me to buy this module. The first one was to support Magnitude 3 because they are a great developer and I want to help them stay in business. The second reason was to see how close this flight model compared to my RV-8. For the past several years I have found myself constantly frustrated by trying to compare my experience in a very small and light weight tail dragger to the DCS Mustang, Spitfire, Fokwolf and Messerschmit. Now I have something VERY close to what I have a fair bit of experience with and I have to say it seems like they have nailed it! Thank you guys! I am very happy with this module!AG-51_Razor on the DCS World forums
It of course is not perfect and it appears to have some issues with ground handling in some circumstances.
Overall I’d say the flight model is great (not a CE2 pilot so I wouldn’t know) but as far as an advanced aerobatic plane is concerned you can do all the things, lomcevak, stall turn and all the other fun ones. My issues are due to ground handling. If you taxi onto the grass and then touch the brakes at all it sticks you permanently. The other thing is that if you push the stick forward on takeoff its actually impossible to nose the prop in (will post a video) which goes against my knowledge of physics lol. I was going 150 mph on the ground with full forward stick and it didn’t nose over. The landing gear too seems way to springy but that might be how it is so I can’t really knowJNelson on DCS World forums
Even YouTuber Magz got in on the first reactions to the CEII with this great video he put together:
It’s here, its fun, it sets the stage
I think at the end of the day, options are good and offering different kinds of experiences in DCS World ups the fun and the interest for everyone in DCS World. While the CEII may not appeal to all people, for those who are interested, it keeps them in the DCS World experience and I see this as only a good thing for fans of the series.
It’s a bit quirky, its definitely looking like it’s a lot of fun, and it is also the aircraft that Magnitude 3 was able to cut their teeth on before working on something more serious – the F4U Corsair.
The Corsair is Magnitude 3’s next planned module and with the aerobatics and piston engine development work they have done, they are prepared to move on to the next module. Simultaneously, the developers are continuing to provide support for and are planning some major enhancements to the MiG-21bis as time goes on.
And of course, we have this teaser of what is almost certainly the F4U Corsair posted to the Leatherneck Facebook page.