Two major subjects were covered in this week’s DCS World Weekend News update with the DCS: OH-58D announcement that I covered earlier this week coming along with some new screenshots of the module as well as screenshots showing off the updated DCS: WWII damage model that is currently in development. Let’s have a look!
Polychop’s announcement is very exciting. Not only are they heavily into development of the OH-58D but they also have secured a three party license agreement with Eagle Dynamics for DCS World development and Bell Textron to ensure that the OH-58D is modeled with the best information sources possible.
The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is a light scout helicopter with a semi-glass cockpit and a universal weapons mount pylon on either side of the helicopter giving it the ability to carry mounted machine guns, Hydra rockets, Hellfire and Stinger missiles and even the laser guided APKWS – all intended to be available on the DCS World module.
The Kiowa Warrior’s distinctive Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) gives the scout helicopter the ability to self lase or provide laser designation for other aircraft including tactical aircraft. And this is where I really think this module will have an interesting affect on DCS World with multiplayer scenarios potentially now including scout helicopters providing laser designation in situations where JTAC deployments may not be possible.
DCS: WWII damage model screenshots
Eagle Dynamics is now at the point where they are creating and tuning visual effects for their DCS: WWII aircraft damage model update. Providing a more detailed damage model for these warbirds will improve the overall damage modeling for DCS World eventually but it is especially essential for WWII aircraft where small calibre hits can sometimes determine if an aircraft goes home or not.
We’re told this will eventually have a spillover effect for modern types as well but nonetheless these are important steps forward for the series.
Visualized in the screenshots are smoke trails that now apparently last longer as well as have distinctive appearances depending on their source. For example, a fuel leak, an oil leak, and a coolant leak should have different visualizations.