Eagle Dynamics changed their Facebook pages’ cover photo with a brand new screenshot teasing the DCS: F-16. We’ve learned too that Eagle Dynamics intends to talk more about the F-16 project tomorrow and I’m very excited about what we might learn. Here’s everything we know right now!
Get ready for the Viper
Eagle Dynamics has been more seriously teasing the DCS: F-16 since late last year with our first view coming in their ‘2018 and Beyond’ video. Since then we’ve learned that Eagle Dynamics would be working on simulating a 2007 era F-16C Block 50 with the Common Configuration Implementation Program (CCIP) upgrade.
In-case you wanted to check out that teaser, it’s in the last few seconds of this video:
In February we learned that Eagle Dynamics would be working on the DCS: F-16 in phases, much as they have with the Hornet. The aircraft’s basic features would be developed in the first phase and then the more advanced systems would come later in phase two. Check out my DCS: F-16 info and roadmap update from February for more details on what’s coming.
Let’s look at the new cockpit screenshot
For Falcon BMS drivers, the F-16 cockpit is the office that they are most used to staring at but this is all new for the rest of us. Even from this low angle its already apparent how superb the F-16’s forward view is without a canopy frame at the front.
The art and texture work here is already really impressive and it looks like Eagle Dynamics’ art team has been hard at work making the F-16 come to life. It has that mix of clean with some light weathering that we’ve seen on the Hornet. It’s not the work of art that the F-14 is but it has a subtlety to it that I really appreciate.
We also see that some of the basic display functionality working and the gauges are also working too. That means that the F-16 is likely becoming quite advanced from a flight model and cockpit programming level.
More information is coming tomorrow
It’s been confirmed that we’ll learn more tomorrow in the DCS World Weekend news update. That will be interesting to see how much we learn about what Eagle Dynamics has been working on and when it will be coming to early access. Though it was initially thought to be 2019… it could be 2020 as well. I have a feeling that 2019 is possible but optimistic. We’ll know more tomorrow I hope.
Eagle Dynamics’ Community Manager, Nineline, has also been busy answering questions on Facebook since this image posted and here’s what we’ve learned so far:
Are there going to be conformal fuel tanks?
Not accurate the version we are simulating.Nineline on the Eagle Dynamics Facebook page
Which version (confirming what I wrote above)?
Blk 50 USAF/ANGNineline on the Eagle Dynamics Facebook page
Will it be full-fidelity?
It will be full fidelity.Nineline on the Eagle Dynamics Facebook page
And the Hornet?
The inevitable question is if the Hornet will be affected in any way by the F-16’s development and the answer from Eagle Dynamics is a firm: No.
The team that did the Hornet’s externals, cockpit, textures, etc. are all done their job with that aircraft and rather than sitting idle are busy making this new module. The same can be said for the programmers responsible for the flight systems and modeling.
The programming for the Hornet continues and will likely benefit the F-16 in a big way as well with the enhanced fidelity and programming for things like radar, IFF, datalink, HARM and JDAM all influencing the future F-16.
Rather than being concerned about the F-16 coming along, I’m beyond excited with the added aircraft to the line-up. The F-16 is one of the most popular jets in the western inventory and it, alongside the F/A-18, F-14, A-10 and other high-fidelity modules means that we’re quickly reaching a point where we have a superb collection of jets to work with.