It’s been a while since we heard anything from DCS World third party developer Deka Ironworks. Their efforts on the China Asset Pack have added dozens of new objects to DCS World and a modified Su-27 in the form of the J-11. Their first full fidelity DCS World project, the DCS: JF-17 based on the joint Pakistan-Chinese 4th gen jet fighter, should be closer to release now than ever. This is what they are teasing and how much we should read into it.
Features and bugs
The image released by Deka Ironworks earlier today shows off one of the jet’s MFD’s with two icons added to it with the text ‘Polishing Features’ and ‘Shooting Bugs.’
In an update on December 31st, an update on status of the project detailed the various systems that Deka Ironworks was working on and that they would hopefully be revealing their early access plans sometime in 2019. They also went on to say:
We’re planning to launch our early access product in summer 2019 if nothing goes wrong.Deka Ironworks
Deka appears to be a dev studio that tends to work away without saying too much until they are nearly ready to release. Case-in-point, the J-11A release came almost as a surprise with no news for months and then a sudden announcement and the aircraft was added as a flyable in the next release.
At this point I’m of limited excitement for a release this summer. Polishing features and squashing bugs can take a considerable amount of time and its really just unknown when that may be finished. To be fair to the developers, these things can take more time than anticipated so it may be that the jet needs more work before they are ready to really show it off.
When Deka Ironworks does go ahead and show this module off in great detail I think we’ll then see a very imminent release. That seems to be their style.
I’ll also note that it’s going to be interesting if the JF-17 were to come in the autumn sometime with both the JF-17 and F-16 becoming available in DCS World simultaneously. While the two jets are not identical in role and capability there is considerable overlap and it may be interesting for many to have this mix of capabilities on two fourth gen multi-role jet fighters.