DCS: MiG-19 release postponed (updated)

As recently as Sunday I was wondering when we’d find out more details regarding the release date of the DCS: MiG-19 by RAZBAM and Eagle Dynamics today made an announcement that the release had been postponed. Let’s talk about the statement, about the stated goals from RAZBAM, and what happens next.

A delayed release

Earlier today, NineLine, Eagle Dynamics Community Manager, posted a statement on the forums stating that the MiG-19 would be delayed. Here’s the statement:

Dear all,

After an extensive review of the MiG-19, we have decided to postpone its release until a few items are resolved. It’s RAZBAM’s desire to release the MiG-19 in a finished state so it will need just a little more time in the oven to meet this expectation.

Thanks,
The Eagle Dynamics Team

NineLine, Eagle Dynamics, DCS World Forums

Update: January 30, 2019 at 9:15 PM

Additional statements from Matt Wagner and RAZBAM have been made:

The MiG-19 is already a wonderful product that both Razbam and us will be proud of. There just needs a litttle more work on the flight model, documentation, and UI art.

Matt Wagner, DCS World Forums

As you know the Mig-19 release was planned for this month.
We have found a few minor bugs we wish to fix prior to release.
We stand by our goal of providing a complete module for you to enjoy.
She simply needs a little longer in the oven to make her perfect;)

RAZBAM Facebook page

Ready from release

Unlike most DCS World releases, RAZBAM’s stated goal with their DCS: MiG-19 project was to release the jet in a finished state from release. This means all systems, weapons, functions, and features are ready to go from the get-go.

I think most of us would have allowed a little wiggle room when it came to things like the advanced training modules (already well under way by BalticDragon), however, the goal has been to launch mostly finished and that is apparently what’s happening here.

I suspect that RAZBAM and Eagle Dynamics have been evaluating the state of their newest module for a few weeks now and that they went to a release candidate (typical SOP for software development), found more issues than they were comfortable with, and made a collective decision to wait on the launch.

So what happens now?

Though January release is not going to happen for the MiG-19, this doesn’t mean that we’re likely to see a huge delay. At least that’s my sense both from what we’ve seen of the module and based on the statement of Eagle Dynamics today. “Just a little more time in the oven” doesn’t sound like a major rebuke of quality or content. This suggests more to me that there are some nagging details that the team still needs to solve and that releasing with a quality release is important here for both Eagle Dynamics and for RAZBAM.

RAZBAM’s overhauled cockpit may now make the final release instead of coming later.

Far from being an indicator of a bad situation, I choose to look on this as being a positive thing. It likely will mean that the module will release in a more polished state than it may have and it also means that things that were planned like the rest of the training videos, included missions, and the overhaul of the cockpit textures are probably going to ship on day one.

No doubt more information will come soon and we’ll learn what the new launch window is for this aircraft module.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. boxcarleader says:

    well here is to razbam and ED working together to increase the quality of product… its the only reason im not howling at heatblur… speaking of which any news towards timing for the TOMCAT

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Nothing really new on the F-14 in the last few weeks except that they are working on it.

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  2. Mischiew Rithe says:

    A few more days is no big deal, I’m glad they kept us informed and announced it in the forums instead of keeping silent about it!

    I wonder how they decided to have this module ready on launch, instead of the typical early release? But when we think about it, they weren’t used to early releases before DCS and their FSX/P3D products were mostly ready on launch. Since it’s a slightly less complex add-on, perhaps they wanted to get back to their original method.

    That little delay will make them even closer to the Heatblur’s release then, that’ll be fun!

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    1. Mischiew Rithe says:

      PS: words from Wags: “The MiG-19 is already a wonderful product that both Razbam and us will be proud of. There just needs a litttle more work on the flight model, documentation, and UI art.” (sic)

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    2. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I can only speculate but my thinking is that RAZBAM has taken a fair bit of heat in the past about unfinished modules. So, a high quality release of a slightly less complex jet that is complete on launch would certainly go a ways against the naysayers.

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  3. Blue 5 says:

    OK, sounds like they are being sensible. Big change from the [overly] early releases we previously saw. From a funding perspective, am still surprised there was no pre-purchase option.

    Reckong MiG and F-14 by end of Feb? Am still having lots of Hornet fun so does not especially bother me.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Just guessing but maybe MiG-19 by the end of February now? As for the F-14, I think they will either hit their deadline of March 31st or still need work beyond that. The Tomcat is such a complex beast.

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  4. Eviscerador says:

    As a Harrier owner, I’m glad they are learning from their past mistakes. Now if they could only fix those as well… I mean, I really, REALLY want to buy the Farmer. It looks great. But in the meantime the Harrier has half of their content still missing after more than a year of early access. So I will buy it when the Harrier is delivered as promised.

    I’m specially critical about Baltic Dragon whose missions and campaign I really love. But after one year he only did 6 of the 18 planned harrier missions, but he is now delaying it even more to finish the Farmer ones!

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  5. Blue 5 says:

    Is the Harrier still lacking key kit? I got it on offer, but the HARM has driven me to a Hornet-specific diet.

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    1. Eviscerador says:

      Half of the MFCD pages are placeholders, we still don’t have proper Nav allign or functionality, mark points, TGP is also lacking half the features, no JDAM available, several bugs are still being tracked and squashed…

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