Over the last 24-hours its become increasingly clear from rumblings within Eagle Dynamics that the DCS: Supercarrier would not launch for the April 15th release date. Here are the latest details on that plus a whole new roadmap from Eagle Dynamics Chief Operating Officer Kate Perederko.
No Supercarrier just yet
DCS: Supercarrier is taking some time to come out. Far from being the first DCS World product delayed from launch in to early access, this module is now being held back from the latest open beta.
According to Eagle Dynamics Chief Operating Officer Kate Perederko in the update she provided, there’s a blocking bug that they really don’t want to release with.
The main “no-go” for me and I am sure for you too, is Multiplayer behavior which still suffers from certain non-game breaker bugs which were confirmed on Saturday, April 11th. Today we have a new plan and will be working overtime to bring you this long-awaited product. I actively follow the threads, in particular “April 15th 2020” and I understand how disappointed you are, but I am confident you will agree that Multiplayer needs a bit more love.Kate Perederko on the DCS World Forums
Picking up on that final thread, multiplayer was where I was going to spend some time learning how to do some of the new procedures with this module and so a broken multiplayer implementation would definitely be problematic.
Although there has been much discussion in the community on this, the second delay for the product, I frankly don’t want to play a fundamentally broken early access module. I’d rather it worked and worked reliably even in this early access release. Good for ED not releasing it in a broken state.
As of yet, no revised launch date has been announced. Until ED gets a handle on the bugs they are confronting, I don’t expect one either. It could be as early as next week or it could be May before we see this module launch.
New DCS World roadmap
Also released today in the same announcement is a roadmap for upcoming DCS World modules. I’ll let the roadmap speak for itself but I did want to point out a few highlights on some things that Eagle Dynamics are focused on.
- Introduction of the air-to-ground radar for the F/A-18C by the end of April
- Addition of the AGM-65D Maverick for the F-16C by the end of April
- Navigation systems coming to the F-16C in May
- Improvements to performance coming to 2.5.6 in preparation for a stable release
- WWII damage model updates are coming in the near term
- UH-1H Huey multi-crew planned to come in May
In the medium term we also have things like the P-47D, an update to the WWII assets pack, the new Channel map and the free Marianas map coming. Later on this year they are also expecting an update to the DCS: A-10C (the A-10C II), the Mi-24P Hind, and they expect to bring the DCS: F/A-18C and DCS: F-16C out of early access and into release by the end of 2020 or into early 2021.
We’ve also had NineLine, ED’s Community Manager, comment on the status of the DCS: Syria map. This third party map was delayed due to needed upgrades to the Normandy map, however, the developer for that map is working their way through that project again. When updates become available, they will be showing us the latest.
It’s going to be a busy rest of the year.