DCS Channel Map, Win 7 support, and big changes coming in 2.7

This year is set to ring in some big changes for DCS World and the first signs of that progress, first detailed in their 2021 roadmap, are already starting to arrive. This DCS World Weekend News update has been focused on some key news including the big changes coming for DCS World 2.7, news that Windows 7 will be dropped from the support list, and details on what’s coming to DCS: The Channel Map prior to it being considered a complete map. This is what we’ve been able to learn!

The Channel Map moves towards release

The biggest news in this update for DCS WWII fans is news that DCS: The Channel is getting some big updates including new airbases, new landmarks, and word that the map will soon be considered complete.

Coming in an update, the map will be gaining another new airfield in the form of Biggin Hill. This base was the home of many RAF squadrons over the course of the war and should make for a good homebase for many a DCS WWII mission.

Also coming in the update are over a dozen new unique objects and landmarks which will dot the landscape on both sides of the map. Here’s the complete list as presented to us in the latest update.

New Unique Objects England: 

  • Leeds Castle
  • The Parish Church of All Saints Birchington
  • St Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate
  • Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs
  • St Laurence’s Church, Ramsgate
  • Deal Castle 
  • St Mary The Virgin Church, Ashford
  • South Foreland Lighthouse
  • St Mary’s Church, Dover
  • Dover Town Hall
  • St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church, Folkestone
  • St Leonard’s Church, Hythe
  • Hastings Pier St Leonards Church, Deal 

New Unique Objects France: 

  • Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer 
  • Belfry Of Dunkirk
  • Church of Saint-Éloi, Dunkirk
  • Hôtel de ville de Dunkerque
  • Column of the Grande Armée 
  • Fort d’Ambleteuse
  • Église Saint-Pierre, Calais
  • Town Hall, Calais
  • Lighthouse, Calais
  • Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais
  • Saint-Omer Cathedral
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Boulogne

Not mentioned is if the map will have any seasonal variation. It’s not something that we’ve seen from recent map releases and it’s unclear right now if there will be autumn, winter or spring variations on the map.

I’ve been holding off on a full review until the map is out of early access, however, once it does you can be sure that I will be giving it a complete overview. I can easily say right now, however, that it is a very visually pleasing map to fly over.

New DCS WWII single missions

The update this week also includes news that there are new missions coming to DCS WWII and that these missions will feature variable difficulty levels (set via the F10 comms menu) enabling you to replay the missions over and over. It will also feature co-op compatibility (they are calling it FWAF or “Fly With A Friend”) which will be good for people looking for small scale multiplayer scenarios with a friend.

DCS WWII definitely needs more content updates like this one and I’m looking forward to seeing what they have. ED reports that multiple mission types are coming:

  • Bomber Escort
  • Flight/Section Scrambles
  • Anti-Shipping Strikes
  • Photographic Reconnaissance
  • Airfield Strikes
  • Train Strafing
  • Close Air Support
  • Bomber/Fighter Intercepts

Windows 7 support is being dropped

Eagle Dynamics is reporting that they are dropping support for Windows 7. The 11-year old OS had a great run as OS but it looks like it’s days of being supported by games is numbered and it looks like DCS World is not immune to that.

It’s unclear if the drop in support is due to technical considerations and under the hood changes that are being made but one way or another it looks like DCS World 2.7 will not be supporting Windows 7. ED states that players can continue to enjoy DCS World on the latest 2.5.6 builds but that further updates will not be possible.

Finally, the update includes some more imagery of the new clouds coming in 2.7 including this stunning image of the F-16C.

For all of this and more, check out the latest DCS World Weekend News update.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:

    Beauty! Biggin Hill and clouds. What more could you ask for?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It’s going to look great. As for what I could ask for… DCS: Hawker Typhoon? ☺️

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  2. harryvoyager says:

    Ah very cool 🙂 I’d heard 2.7 was coming and was going to drop Win 7 support, but I hadn’t heard anything about what was actually going to be in 2.7.

    Thank you!

    Did they say was version number they were expecting to go to for Vulkan suppport? That a 2.8 or a 3.0 sort of thing?

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  3. colin coulter says:

    What about 2.6? We’ve been on 2.5.6 for ages.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      In the 2021 roadmap update they noted that the number of changes warranted the move to version 2.7. Not sure how much of that is a build version and how much of it is marketing but it’s not the first time we have had big number jumps. We had DCS World 2.0 alpha for a long time running alongside 1.5, we had 2.2 alpha running for Normandy map, etc. There was no 2.3 or 2.4.

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  4. oof, so much for playing the update on my older rig.

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  5. Class 0 Message says:

    Free maps please not a paid maps

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  6. Chris says:

    They still cannot fix a game that crashes constantly in new hardware, planes that land (hit) and stay in the middle of runway and not removed automatically, lastly f14s cannot taxi on carrier when u add a wingman (single plane can) and they publish changes…
    Fail product altogether and unfortunately devs also failing paying no attention on the problems. Fix first add new things secondly.
    When there will be a publication criticism about the problems ?
    And for hw perspective,
    I have a i7 10700
    32gb ram
    Ssds
    And 1070ti
    Every game play smoothly but dcs in every update makes it even worse…

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Hi Chris,

      No argument from me that DCS has some issues. My overall experience remains more positive than negative but when issues do creep in it can be frustrating.

      My experience is not that ever patch makes it worse. Some patches (especially in the spring of 2020) have made things slow and sluggish while subsequent patches resolved a lot of issues. Assuming your statement is not just hyperbole, a common way to fix performance glitches involves deleting two shaders folders. See here: https://forums.eagle.ru/topic/184338-what-folders-again-to-empty-when-updating/

      If you’re looking for editorials on DCS performance woes, you’ll find them here: https://stormbirds.blog/2020/07/20/did-the-pause-in-dcs-word-patches-make-a-difference/ And here: https://stormbirds.blog/2020/05/14/are-your-frame-rates-low-in-dcs-2-5-6-youre-not-alone/ And here: https://stormbirds.blog/2020/06/10/is-it-time-to-rethink-dcs-worlds-release-structure/

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