Heatblur reveals future plans including new aircraft!

It’s been a little while since we got a big update from DCS World developer Heatblur but a new one has dropped and it offers considerable insight into the future plans for the developer and what we can expect from them over the next few years.

Growth as a company

First, we have a big update courtesy of Cobra847, one of the leads in Heatblur. There’s an admission that they, as a company, have been rather quiet recently but that this quiet period was necessary as they grow their company.

Heatblur is now handling professional contracts in addition to their entertainment arm with DCS World. Fortunately, they are growing and they appear to be prepared to grow their DCS World portfolio as well. New staff are being hired and Heatblur looks to be laying out the foundation for their next ten years. That sounds exciting!

New roadmap

Something new has appeared as part of this update. Heatblur now have a public Trello board. For those of you who may never have used it, Trello is a tool for planning projects. I’ve used it during the project management of several projects and it offers a way to communicate at a glance at what’s happening within a given project. Trello lets you put different elements of the project into buckets, each with its own set of cards that can show you details once clicked on. This is what Heatblur has put together as part of a public roadmap.

The update contains information on current projects including the AJS-37 and F-14. For the AJS-37, there’s plans for an overall of the cockpit art, new PBR textures on the outside of the jet, a simplified PSD paintkit, more default liveries (YES!!!), and improvements to the ground radar’s performance and to the type’s dynamic numbers.

The F-14 has a bunch of items on the list including JESTER LANTIRN capability, improvements to the AIM-54 together with ED, new campaigns, the early model F-14A’s including the Iranian version, and more. The Forrestal aircraft carrier is on there too! It’s a huge list!

The future

Future plans appear bright. After some worried that Heatblur were dropping DCS World in favour of their professional contracts, it appears that Heatblur has been building a plan for the development of several new aircraft. The first, the A-6, has already been revealed as a two step process where Heatblur are building the AI model first and then making it into an AI aircraft. But there’s more!

Two additional aircraft are listed under ‘the future’ as DCS: Next generation jet. Interesting! No indication is given as to what they will be except that they are intended to be high fidelity DCS World offerings. I wouldn’t read into the next generation wording as an indication that it would be something overly modern either but rather next generation for Heatblur development. Also of note is that Heatblur appears to be keeping up their partnership with electronic music group Meteor as there’s a ‘Next-gen Meteor album’ listed too. Interesting!

Tons of room for speculation at this point so we’ll see what Heatblur are up to in due time.

There’s also AI aircraft in the works including the KA-6 Intruder tanker variant and, at long last, a new mention of the J-35J Draken AI aircraft which Heatblur announced years ago and then has said very little since. Nice to see that back on the list too!

Things are looking bright for the third party developer and that’s a very good thing not just for fans of Heatblur but for everyone who loves DCS World as Heatblur has a habit of pushing the envelope and influencing even Eagle Dynamics (see the recent news about Petrovich AI – surely influenced by the success of Jester on the F-14).

Get ready to speculate

That’s the news but we have some gaps in our knowledge that will surely fuel speculation for weeks, months and perhaps years. Just what is Heatblur working on? The usual suspects have come up already with some calling for the team to finally achieve a long held desire to see a F-4 Phantom come to DCS World. Others wonder if the J-35 Drakken AI aircraft will become flyable as well. There’s requests for the Panavia Tornado and a half dozen other types too.

So far, Heatblurt hasn’t revealed anything beyond the A-6 Intruder which already has many fans looking for that update to come sooner than later!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. harryvoyager says:

    It will be interesting to see what they bring out next.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Very! It will undoubtedly take a few years for this vision to be realized but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see what they are up to!

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      1. Shaymus13 says:

        I love your blog Shamrock! The moment I think I’m all caught up for the week you always come out with something new and meaningful!

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  2. CanadaOne says:

    Love getting the news here first. 🙂

    Please let one of the planes be an F-104. I will instantly drop serious cash for that.

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  3. ClannK says:

    “Next Gen” confirmed as in “module”, not “jet”.
    Going to be a Fighter, too.

    Much speculation, but since they’re expanding the Forrestal line and considering adding SuperCarrier features, a Naval F-4 would be a fit.

    Though I’m perfectly fine with Tomcat + Intruder, along with the other confirmed Naval aircraft like Crusader, Sea Harrier and F4U.

    The future is bright!

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  4. butcher75 says:

    Would love a Vietnam Map, So any Vietnam Aircraft would be great.

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  5. Redglyph says:

    I’ve used Trello, or more exactly, I’ve been forced to use it. It’s messy. It’s fine for playing around and learning to manage micro-projects but it’s messy, my advice: quickly switch to something more professional as soon as possible.
    There are several nice tools to easily manage Agile projects and integrate the bug tracking at the same time. Don’t even try to track bugs in Trello, it’s doomed to fail 😉

    An F-4 Phantom II would be nice, it would keep company to the MiG 21bis, it’s an iconic aircraft, a real best even, and it could probably reuse the base of Jester’s code for the RIO or the pilot in single player (or maybe just the RIO, have they provided an AI for the pilot?).

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  6. Jonathon Coughlin says:

    Ready to pre-order my A6 today…

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  7. hvymtal says:

    Tinfoil hat conspiracy time: They said that the next gen jet will use tech developed for the F-14 and AJS. They’re also going to great lengths to put 4 detailed, highly functional early gen supercarriers in. That makes me think that A they want to keep doing older aircraft, and B they want to do the US Navy thing further.
    Likely option IMO: Navy-type F-4 Phantom (B/N or J/S) as it utilizes the most tech developed for each
    Possible options: A-1 Skyraider (Multi-crew Night Attack model), USAF-type F-4 Phantom (C/D would go well with navy types), similar reasons but these seem a bit less likely
    Less likely IMO: A-4 Skyhawk, A-3 Skywarrior, A-5 Vigilante, Mirage IIIE, UK-type F-4s all could fit the bill
    Wildcard: Something Soviet (Su-17/22 maybe?)

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      These ideas are way better than tinfoil hat conspiracies. These are logical and well thought out ideas and I think it makes a ton of sense.

      Heatblur would like to capitalize on the work they have already done and all of these offer some great options if they decide to go this way.

      It’ll be interesting to see what they do!

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