DCS: JF-17 officially launches into Early Access

Deka Ironwork Simulations DCS: JF-17 is now officially in the DCS World E-Shop marking the start of the modules early access development period. Let’s look at the details, what’s to come, and why this module has so many people excited.

The Thunder arrives into DCS World

Deka Ironwork Simulation’s first full fidelity DCS World module is now available on the E-Shop for a price of $79.99 regular with an early access $10 discount currently being applied. That discount is expected to end sometime in the new year so it may not be around for too long.

The new module has a launch trailer released showing off their aircraft’s exterior and interior as well as some of its capabilities and ends with a nice transition from in-game 3D to painted artwork. It’s a nice touch to the trailer!

Still in early access

It’s important to note that the DCS: JF-17 is still very much a work in progress module and is therefore an early access purchase at this point. Deka has worked hard to make the module come feature complete and for the most part that is certainly true. Everything from datalinks, to air-to-ground radar, to targeting pods and weapons are essentially feature complete. It checks off most of the boxes for features that people will want to have in a DCS World full fidelity module but it isn’t problem free and based on early feedback, it has its share of bugs.

A list of known issues has been compiled and posted on the Deka Ironwork Simulations forum. A sub-forum is also dedicated to bug hunting.

These are all normal parts of the early access process.

Cockpit updates still to come

The cockpit for the JF-17 is functional but it certainly lacks some polish and you can see that in the screenshot above and in the JF-17 trailer. Compare it to the work of art that we see from the F-14 by Heatblur or the F-16 by Eagle Dynamics and you can see that this is also very much a work in progress.

To that point, Deka Ironwork Simulation’s chief texture artist spent some unplanned time in a hospital and thus that piece of the simulation experience remains unfinished. Screenshots of their work in progress efforts, however, paint a very polished experience and so we have great things to look forward to there.

My own content plans on hold

I did try and get access to this new module this evening, however, my own plans appear on hold as I was unable to complete the purchase transaction through the E-Store tonight. I don’t know if they are having difficulties or what the reason is but once I do get a chance to check the module out I’ll be writing up my own reactions to it. Stay tuned for that!

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