While the F-14 Tomcat is soaking up most of the attention for DCS World fans right now, it’s not the only thing happening right now and Eagle Dynamics has released some news about the Hornet, Flaming Cliffs 3 content updates, and a cool new video with the Top 10 Things to Know About DCS World.
Top 10 things you should know
This video isn’t really meant for fans that are already in-depth on the DCS World experience, however, you may want to share this with your friends if you wanted to show them a little more about the series in a fairly short video. It’s smart marketing especially with the F-14 Tomcat getting lots of attention not just among the flight sim fans but also appearing in various PC game related media.
Next steps on the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
The next open beta updates are going to bring with them some new features while the most recent open beta was focused on providing fixes. Matt Wagner reports that the team is working on bringing some important new features to the Hornet including Latent Track While Scan (LTWS) mode for the radar and the mighty JDAM series of munitions:
For the next OB update the focus will be on:Matt Wagner on the DCS World forums
1- HARM Pre-Briefed mode
3- Aircraft and Mission cards
4- Latent Track While Scan (LTWS) mode
There are a number of issues that will also get attention to include:
Countermeasure programming with WOW and flare counts
Master Mode auto-page selections
Default bombing mode error
Please understand that these are the priorities and not a promise that all of these items will be ready for the 27 March OB.
As the months roll past, Eagle Dynamics keeps pushing forward towards a complete DCS: F/A-18C Hornet module. Already incredible capable, the Hornet just keeps pressing forward at a steady rate. Hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll see the targeting pod make progress and we’ll get the ability to self lase targets.
Flaming Cliffs 3 content update
Eagle Dynamics has announced that all of the Flaming Cliffs 3 Instant Action and Single Missions have received a thorough refresh. This is long past due and a very welcome addition as I’ve noted a number of these missions just do not work in DCS World 2.5 – that is apparently now being corrected.
Efforts are also underway to improve the Campaigns that shipped with Flaming Cliffs 3. Here are some of the updates planned:
- Improved communications with ‘allied flight reports’ enabled
- Re-balanced mission success criteria
- Improved AI reliability while executing their mission tasks
- Battlefield effects and airfield activity to give the world a more ‘lived in’ feel Our campaign content has not been forgotten.
- The changes were to the missions only so in-progress campaigns should pick up right where they left off. A similar refresh for older campaigns will take place as the year progresses.
With the status of MAC currently unknown and the hype surrounding the F-14 drawing new players into the series, having a strong set of content with Flaming Cliffs 3 is more important now than ever.