A new image has been released by the RAZBAM team showing off the latest scale and scope of the planned DCS: South Atlantic map. Going far beyond just the Falkland Islands, the size of the map has increased dramatically as we learned quite a bit about in the interview that Tactical Pascale did recently. Now we can visualize it. Let’s have a look!
Bigger and with more possibilities
Although there’s undoubtedly much work still to do, RAZBAM’s map and scenery team are pushing the limits of DCS’ engine with the DCS: South Atlantic map now expanding in scope to include the entire southern tip of South America including parts of Argentina and Chile. Here’s what RAZBAM had to say:
So today we have hit a milestone within the South Atlantic map. We have managed to get into the sim the whole of the bottom of Argentina and Chile.just to give you some scale, the map is now 412,800 sq nautical miles.If you ever wanted to fly down the Straits of Magellan ……….RAZBAM on Facebook
Why go so big?
The question a few might ask is why expand the scale of the map to be so large? That’s a good question and I think there are a couple of answers that might appeal.
First, I think the initial expansion to incorporate Argentina is a good one. It allows for full length missions for those who want to simulate the Argentinian side of the conflict. That’s a good enough reason I think to expand to at least a slightly larger size.
RAZBAM are, however, pressing for bigger and here’s at least one more reason why they are going for it. It should add value for the money by expanding the possibility for doing more conflicts and more hypothetical scenarios in the region. It’s not nearly as well known as other areas so whatever hypothetical scenario here would require a bit more imagination but it does really open the door to a place in the world that isn’t the hills and mountains of the Caucasus, nor the deserts of Persian Gulf, Nevada and to some extent Syria. This is something different.
A more modern conflict could easily make use of the other sections of the map. The Chilean Air Force has F-5’s and F-16’s which are both, of course, available in DCS World. Meanwhile, Argentina’s current fixed wing jet inventory has largely dried up. However, after pursuing and being unable to procure the FA-50 from South Korea, Argentina is currently now looking to buy the JF-17 from Pakistan. So, F-16’s vs JF-17’s in the skies over South America. That’d be different.