Eagle Dynamics has dropped new details for their DCS: Supercarrier module in development as well as listing their plans for the F-16 and F/A-18C with TWS mode for the radar definitely being a highlight. Let’s see what is coming!
Updates to the F-16C
The biggest update today is the the DCS: F-16C has come to the stable release of DCS World for the first time with enough updates in open beta to warrant bringing it to the stable release. There’s still a substantial list of things to come and Eagle Dynamics has detailed a list of what’s next:
- Track While Scan (TWS) radar mode
- AUTO steerpoint sequence mode
- Corrected flight director (sherm) behavior
- Functional CMDS (countermeasures) DED page
- New stores drag implementation
- Initial data link (Link 16 / MIDS)
- External lights
- Centerline fuel tank
- Corrected lock maintenance when switching master mode
- Corrected radar lock-only RWR indication
- Corrected INS steerpoint change
- Corrected HMCS enable/disable HOTAS command
Of these, I think the Link 16 and TWS radar modes are going to be of a particular interest for a lot of pilots. There’s also been some snarky comments in the community that the F-16 doesn’t yet have external lights – and it looks like ED has been listening to make sure that those are available too (and why not right?).
These updates will be coming on November 20th during the open beta patch update for that week.
Hornet updates coming
The Hornet is getting its own set of updates and apparently once the November 20th update is out for the F-16, the team will be flipping to Hornet for major updates to that module. Here’s what they had to say:
Following the 20 November 2019 Open Beta, we will heavily focus on the Hornet to include such items as Track While Scan (TWS) and AACQ radar modes, updates to the targeting pod, and updates to existing weapons systems and countermeasures.
TWS has been a long awaited feature for the Hornet so it’s nice to know that it’s coming and coming fairly soon if this is any indication. ED has been coding for both Viper and Hornet and that seems to be paying off though not all at once in a single patch.
We have new images from DCS: Supercarrier as well as little bit of news around what stations will be available and when. Following Early Access release, DCS: Supercarrier will offer the ability to crew the Air Boss and Landing Signal Officer positions. I can see these being very useful and interesting for virtual fighter squadrons operating the Hornet or Tomcat.
Following the early access release, it will later it will be possible to occupy the Air Boss and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) locations in both 2D and VR. All of this will be available in the new DCS: Supercarrier module.
Immersion seems to be the aim here and indeed that seems to be what Supercarrier is all about – adding deck crew, different positions, and lots of details intended to bring you fully into the simulation of what operating from the deck of a supercarrier is all about in 2D and in VR.
New sounds for the Spitfire
The DCS: Spitfire IX has seen a few updates recently to it’s sound and that all seems to have come together with a really nice video showcasing those sounds. Both inside and out, the Spitfire IX seems to have improved the sound quality to an impressive degree. Have a listen!