More clouds and new SEA mode in DCS: F/A-18C video

Matt Wagner’s been busy on YouTube again with a new video released showcasing the SEA Radar mode for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and we get yet another look at the new clouds system for DCS World. Let’s have a look!

Clouds, clouds, clouds, lockable Harpoon

Up until now, Harpoon operations has required some relatively precise operation where you either setup waypoints for attack or configure the Harpoon with a bearing on launch. In my experience, neither has been particularly useful in highly contested situations such as on multiplayer servers where the ships location is unknown and the situation is rapidly changing.

Now we’re going to have a new tool in the toolbelt. The Hornet’s A-G radar will soon have SEA mode which will enable it to pick up ship targets and lock that target to provide range and bearing information automatically to a weapon. It will make Harpoon attacks much easier to pull off and we’ve already seen a similar capability for moving ground targets with the GMT mode.

And of course, as I wrote in the headline, the new video may require watching twice. Once, for the tutorial and once to appreciate how incredible the new clouds look.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:

    That was a good video (clouds) but I couldn’t really concentrate (clouds) on what he was talking about (clouds) because something (clouds) was distracting me.

    I’ll have to watch it again.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Yeah that was my experience too! 🤣


  2. hypertexthero says:

    Exciting! Are the new clouds out already, or coming in a future update?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Future update later this year.

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  3. hypertexthero says:

    Thanks, Shamrock!

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  4. Mischiew Rithe says:

    I’m curious to see a video on those clouds. They look great like that but it’s mostly static, I’m wondering if they still look like 2D sprites when the aircraft is turning or going through them.

    So far, I think MSFS2020 is the only convincing sim (the videos at least, I haven’t tried it).


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      DCS is using volumetric clouds finally so they aren’t 2D sprites in the traditional sense. It will look somewhere around IL-2 and MSFS when flying through them. There’s a brief sequence in the 2021 and beyond trailer where they do fly through a thin part of the cloud and it’s very convincing.

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      1. Mischiew Rithe says:

        It does look good indeed. I have this thing with clouds, not sure why, just love them 🙂

        The list of what is ongoing is very exciting, not only the modules but also the incoming improvements in DCS.

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