Eagle Dynamics is aiming high for their carrier experience

DCS World will soon have what appears to be a premium carrier experience and this week’s newsletter is filling us in on details of what their new animated deck crew are going to be like. From their appearance it seems that they will be pretty spectacular indeed! Let’s have a look at what is currently in progress!

Yellow shirt, green shirt, red shirt

Every member of the deck crew has a role to play and they are distinguished by the colour of their shirts so everyone knows what role everyone is playing. Yellow shirts are plane directors, green shirts are part of the catapult crew, while red shirts are part of the weapons crew.

This week we’re getting a look at both the animations as well as some still images of them in action.

The animations are looking pretty good – especially given that Eagle Dynamics and DCS World haven’t historically spent nearly as much time in doing this kind of skeletal animation.

Let’s have a look at the screenshots too!

I think those look really great. Combine the animations with these still images and you have something that really has a lot of life to it. Very impressive!

Carrier multiplayer compatibility

There’s been plenty of controversy and more than a few arguments spawned over how the carrier would be used in multiplayer and it looks like Eagle Dynamics has found a better way forward for this module.

Also, to update you on how we will handle the new carrier in network play, the new carrier will appear in network missions, even if you do not own the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier module. As such, even if you do not own the module, you can still join missions that include it. However, if you do not own this carrier module, you will be unable to start from this carrier, land on it, or experience the deck crew and radio communications.

DCS World Weekend News update

This is a far better solution than being outright incompatible. Adding a second carrier to multiplayer is a doable solution for many multiplayer communities allowing the best of both worlds for fans who do and don’t own the carrier module.

Read about this and more on the DCS World Weekend news update.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Francesco Kasta says:

    Now I am really curious to see how a busy deck would look like. I am pretty optimistic and I think it should make the whole experience a lot more realistic and fun, especially in VR. I am still a tiny bit worried these animations could turn out to be a tad too stiff when everything will be going on at the same time but I guess we will find out soon enough.

    Probably a day one purchase for me.

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  2. Istvan Csurgai says:

    I’m curious abut the whole new carrier too, but I have got a question.What about helicopters and Harrier? They also could land on the new Carrier. Can it them handle too? (I mean Carrier Marshall and ATC, and of course deck crew) Or will they be able to handle only the two carrier based jets?


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’s a good question. I suspect that you can “land” on this carrier but that you won’t be able to utilize any sort of carrier ops with those types.

      That said, I’m just guessing. When we know more I hope to be able to report on it.


  3. Blue 5 says:

    Maybe Tarrawa will get this in time.

    Dunno if I will buy: I enjoy flying with my squadron and this would require everyone to have it.

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