DCS World 2.7 is here! Spring sale too!

There’s a change in the air as DCS World 2.7 arrives on the scene replacing DCS World 2.5 which has been with us for a few years now. The 2.5 update was a substantial change to everything that we knew about DCS World and DCS World 2.7 is doing it’s best to try and match that with a feature list that goes on for pages and some substantial updates to key underlying technologies. None moreso than the new cloud technology. 2.7 is here!

New clouds but also so much more

The feature list for DCS World 2.7 (now available in open beta) is substantial. It goes on for quite a long way and that feature list starts with the brand new volumetric cloud technology. That technology introduces volumetric clouds for the first time into DCS World with all manners of multi-layer clouds, multiple cloud types, formations, and all of the appropriate shading and lighting changes that come along with that.

This is phase one of a multi-part effort that will eventually bring in more accurate weather modeling as well as detailed modeling of how weapons and sensors may be affected by the clouds and weather. Notably, that kind of modeling is a step above anything we’ve seen so what we’re seeing today is just the first (dramatic) step on the road towards that.

Enough about clouds as there’s other things to think about. The new update also brings in substantial changes to weapons such as the AGM-88 HARM, the R-27 and several other weapons which have been tweaked and revised. Aircraft like the F/A-18C and F-16C have several dozen updates each and third party aircraft like the AV-8B, JF-17, AJS-37 and F-14 have all seen updates and fixes. Maps have also been updated and Ugra Media were busy with DCS: Syria as there are 6 new airfields, new terraces and scenery objects, and they have improved the maps performance too.

So, as we sometimes say here. “There’s quite a bit, eh!”

Enjoy the trailer while you patch

DCS Word 2.7 launches with an appropriately spectacular trailer showcasing the new technology further and it’s worth a watch a few dozen times while the patch process is being completed.

Oh and there’s a sale too!

Hyped yet? Eagle Dynamics have also dropped their latest Spring Sale starting today with 50% off most modules on the DCS World eStore. The sale lasts until May 2nd so you have a chance to think before you make your decision.

Stay tuned for more right here

The patch process is still running here but I am looking forward to digging into DCS World 2.7 over the next couple of days and putting together my reaction on this major step change for the series. Exciting times ahead!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:

    Clouds! indeed. I’ve noticed a few oddities here and there in 2.7 but that’s to be expected. I have confidence that DCS will tighten up 2.7 over the next little while. My update ran 42GB, and there’s bound to be a few burps and farts in something that size. But this is a huge step in the right direction.

    Now… where that Mosquito? 🙂

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      That sounds great! I’ve been hearing mostly good things and that there are a few tweaks still coming to clouds to resolve some remaining issues so that sounds encouraging.

      Also encouraging… no widescale reporting of performance issues. So that’s good!

      I think they will go for a bit of a surprise launch on the Mosquito. Surely it’s coming soon!

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  2. hypertexthero says:

    Yay! Is 2.7 Beta available on Steam, or only standalone?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      As is standard with DCS World, this update is for open beta only. It will surely emerge into stable at some point but there’s never any timeline for when that will happen.

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    2. CanadaOne says:

      2.7 was on Steam as of 4PM today, according to my Steam update page. Not sure when we will see the sale though, that could be several days away.

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      1. hypertexthero says:

        Thanks, Shamrock and Canadaone!

        I had to right-click on the game title in the Steam games list and go to Properties to find the setting to access the beta. Had forgotten about that.

        The feeling of speed and the sounds in this game are spectacular. Off to fly through some of the new clouds!

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  3. Fernando says:

    Running fine with old i7-4770K @ 4.0 , 1080GTX and 32 GB DDR3. Thumbs up ED. Clouds looking fantastic.

    All started for me with Ace of Aces (Commodore 64) that one have also some nice clouds for those times 🙂 https://youtu.be/dtCDh-S0tEQ?t=386

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  4. Gretsch_Man says:

    Just had the time for a quick check ride with the new clouds in VR (Rift S).

    The clouds do look a bit bland in VR. Not nearly as defined as can be seen in Youtube vids, even on ultra. But I don’t regard this as a big problem.

    The new lightning effects on the ground look fantastic, especially on the Syria map.

    One problem that ED needs to address is that frequently during flight, clouds start jumping up and down. Sometimes the whole sky in front of you does this. As you can imagine, that’s not good.

    All in all I think it’s a big step into the right direction.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      The glitching clouds is apparently a known bug and they are already working on a fix for. Definitely big strides in the right direction!

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  5. Doctor Drago says:

    I hadn’t logged in to DCS for a couple updates…this is pretty impressive! A few odd squeaks and rattles as others have mentioned, but my main impression is that I’m going to be flying DCS a lot more again!

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  6. Urgent Siesta says:

    I only had time for a quick free flight in the F-16.
    The improvements to the visuals are astounding, and DCS graphics are once again a not-too distant second to MSFS.

    Even a “Full Stack” Orbx & Active Sky upgrade in XP or P3D cant come close (at least at the lower altitudes I prefer to fly).

    The apparent lack of issues and bugs is seriously impressive, too. 🙂

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