It’s been a bit of a wait but the DCS: F-16C Viper gameplay trailer is here and it is a work of art! The visuals and music hit all the right notes showcasing the latest work by Eagle Dynamics on their next full fidelity module. Check it out!
The wait was a little longer than expected but it was worth it! There’s a kind of reverence for the F-16 on display here that I wasn’t expecting but that puts a really nice touch on the hard work that the Eagle Dynamics team has done on the jet.
Since we last saw it I think the quality of the textures and reflections has gone up a notch adding the details and quality that we’ve come to expect from Eagle Dynamics. They may have even exceeded their past work and pushed towards the kind of extreme detailing that developers like Heatblur have pioneered for DCS World. Regardless of the influence, the DCS:F-16C Viper is looking great!
The trailer doesn’t give us too much information and its unclear if the weapons used during the trailer are fully indicative of what actually works on the jet right now.
We do know from the initial early access weapon list that the initial launch will be mostly limited to air-to-air and unguided air-to-ground munitions. In the trailer we do see the AGM-65 being fired but I’m unclear of if its an indicator of advanced system modelling already underway or just something to tide us over until the features are actually launched sometime after release.
It’s unclear but I would defer to their early access list.
Swaying hearts and minds?
Trailers like this tend to help hype up a new module and the DCS: F-16C Viper trailer is certain to do that. This shows off the new jet in the best possible light at this still early stage of development and puts the F-16 in about the same place as the F/A-18C was prior to its early access launch.
For those of you already excited, I suspect you’ll be still extremely excited about this aircraft. For those on the fence is this something that helps put you over the edge? Or are you holding out waiting for a more complete jet? Let me know in the comments!