DCS: OH-58 Kiowa Warrior pushed to 2021

Third party developer Polychop-Simulations has announced on their Facebook page that, despite their best efforts, the DCS: OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter that they have been working on will be pushed to 2021 despite their best efforts to get it ready for the public before the end of the year. Here’s the information and thoughts on the delay.

Prudent delays

In a statement on their Facebook page, Polychop indicates that their team has been in crunch mode for several months attempting to get the DCS: OH-58D ready. Despite that, they feel its just not ready yet and are officially announcing that the module will not be coming in 2020. Read their statement here:

Dear community,

With the end of the year fast approaching and still a lot of work to do, we have come to a point where we have to accept that a 2020 release of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior module is no longer feasible. We want to release a module that we feel is feature complete, mission ready and a true tribute to the men and women in army aviation. That is not to say no extra’s will be added later on. Even though we’ve been crunching the past months, we simply aren’t there yet.

We can imagine this is a disappointment to all who look forward to the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior module and we hope to make up for this with the polished release the module deserves. We’ll be working hard to get you the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior module as soon as possible.

Polychop-Simulations on Facebook

Though disappointing to some, I think this is the right move. Any time a developer acknowledges that their product just isn’t ready for customers yet, I applaud the openness and transparency that goes into saying something like that.

Polychop has a somewhat chequered reputation in the DCS community and although there is considerable interest in the new helicopter, having a good first release and having good first impressions of their second module for DCS World will go a long way towards improving that reputation.

Looking forward to seeing what they can do in 2021. Until then, check, check Polychop-Simulations out here.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Yolanda says:

    The word is they were asked not to compete with ED’s own release of Mi-24. Do you remember the F-16 rushed release? ED panicked about the just released JF-17, which seemed quite successful on the launch and pushed out half-baked product (not talking about features here, but basic things like collision/damage model). I guess they do not want to repeat that.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That’s an interesting possibility, however, it appears that neither helicopter are due imminently as the Mi-24 seems to have been delayed until the new year as well.

      It is possible that ED were concerned about the JF-17 upstaging the F-16 although in the end it seems that both module have done well.

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  2. Fernando says:

    That! Same happens to the carrier from HB. SuperCarrier out the other delayed.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I’m not sure about this either. Supercarrier came out in the first part of this year and Heatblur have been pretty transparent about their efforts on their own carrier have been slow – the last we saw, only basic texture work had been done and the model was still being 3D detailed.

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  3. butcher75 says:

    A lot is riding on this module when it comes out.So a delay to get it right would be the wisest decision for polychop.

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