Russian language interview reveals new DCS details, F-4, WWII Marianas, more!

Russian language YouTube channel ‘GENA PILOT’ has released an interview with members of the Eagle Dynamics team in a wide ranging interview that covers everything from current projects underway as well as some notable news about the F-4 Phantom (*sounds of everyone sitting up in their seat*), talk about the WWII Marianas map and more.

UPDATE: This post was updated at 7:52 am on September 6, 2021 with new information about the F-4.

UPDATE 2: This post was again updated at 1:35 pm on September 6 with new attribution information for the source of the translated information and more F-4 comments.

Wide ranging interview

Russian language interview

A post on the r/Hoggit subreddit by Unknownboi1 alerted me to the interview and contains some great point form notes about what was said in the interview. Let’s have a look at this information first and then asses what it means.

Obviously, that’s a lot of information to absorb so I want to try and focus in on some key things.

UPDATE: The source of the information above comes originally from DCS World forum user Minsky. The post can be found here.

F-4 Phantom thoughts

The F-4 Phantom has long been sought after. Belsimtek initially started work on an F-4E Phantom II before it was reabsorbed back into Eagle Dynamics and the team members started working on other projects. Undoubtedly, that knowledge and work has not been lost and it sounds like it may be one of Eagle Dynamics next projects. Although there are scant details, this is new information after a couple of years of community mangers NineLine and BIGNEWY reporting that there was no movement on the F-4.

As always, it may be possible that while programmers have been busy with the F/A-18, F-16, Mi-24, Mosquito, AH-64D and others, the artist team may be mixing their time between the finishing work on the Mosquito, AH-64D and perhaps starting the F-4.

If “and soon” means that the project is already well underway, I would make a guess that it could be teased during a likely DCS World 2022 and beyond video released at the end of this year or start of next year with an early access release by fall of 2022. Pure speculation and conjecture but it does fit the typical schedule that we’ve seen from Eagle Dynamics.

UPDATE: A comment from Community Manager BIGNEWY suggests that Eagle Dynamics are not doing the F-4 and that the translation is not wholly accurate. This can be an issue when jumping between languages. The news may not be all bad as it may be that a third party is tackling the project and has not yet gone public.

Second update: Forum user Minsky, who did the initial translation, wanted to clarify that he did not make an error in translation and wanted to point out that Eagle Dynamics never explicitly stated who is doing the F-4, writing:

Since this part got a lot of attention (and even accusation of me being a “bad translator” ), I must clarify that ED haven’t specified who’s creating the Phantom (ED or a 3rd party). I made a literal translation of Kate’s words (“Он будет точно в DCS. Достаточно скоро”), without adding anything from myself.

Minsky on the DCS World forums

Cargo aircraft project

This one has me interested as well. Although the commentary suggests that this may be a WWII type (a C-47?) I think it’s still worth considering the possibility that a more modern type will be introduced instead or in addition to.

A C-130 mod project is already out there (check out Skyward Flight Media’s recent coverage for more on that) and positive reception to that may have prompted Eagle Dynamics to consider a transport aircraft of one type or another.

It would potentially add some interesting gameplay opportunities and if its the C-130 that is selected, there are a whole host of options including a KC-130, AC-130, and more conventional C-130 options out there. Some more shadowy variants of the C-130 even have some limited air-to-ground weaponry so there’s a wide range of options out there.

WWII Marianas Map

The modern version of the Marianas map has some of the ghostly outlines of WWII airbases fallen into disuse… these will undoubtedly come alive again with the WWII version.

Of interesting note is the work on the Marianas Map which, as the note says, is not going to be defined by a date range but rather will be its own separate map. Appropriate vehicles, ships and planes to be released for the map is once again something that has me sitting up and taking note.

Nick Grey has previously mentioned wanting to do a Hellcat and that would fit with a Marianas scenario nicely particularly around the events of the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” where attacking Japanese A6M5 “Zero”, B6N “Jill” and D4Y “Judy” were met with well armed and trained US Navy pilots flying the F6F-3 Hellcat. The TBM Avenger and SB2C Helldiver would also be likely candidates if Eagle Dynamics focuses their Pacific WWII efforts more than they did with the European setup.

As it is, details on some of these aircraft make it difficult to see if we’ll get a full slate but an A6M5 Zero seems possible according to various sources and of course the US Navy types are extremely well documented.

This will very likely be a multi-year project with the map helping to lead the way.

Apache and infantry

It was interesting to note that Eagle Dynamics has 15 subject matter experts (SME) working on the DCS: AH-64D project and that this is several times more than is usual. There not being any delays anticipated and the general upbeat nature of this comment suggests to me that this project is moving along well. The teaser from last Friday seems to suggest the same.

Also of note was the comment about paratroopers and infantry movement of which the second part seems important not only for DCS World in general but also for DCS World’s many helicopters all of which have more infantry interactions than most jet aircraft. New animations, pathfinding logic, (and hopefully damage model considerations) would be of great importance to troop carrying helicopters but also to helicopters like the Hind and Apache when they are doing battle with infantry.

Dynamic campaign

It’s good to hear a bit more about the dynamic campaign and although there isn’t much more on offer right now, it is always reassuring to hear that they are fans of Falcon BMS’ campaign system which remains the gold standard in the industry and the campaign system that all others have been compared to since its release.

Final thoughts

All of this information is interesting and there’s a lot that I didn’t talk about including the MiG-29 and Black Shark 3 comments (although we already knew about that) but it is nice to have an updated big picture of what is going on over at Eagle Dynamics and what directions DCS World is going in.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Ondrej Stehlik says:

    Those are all great news. And also very good article. Thank you.

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  2. VK-94 says:

    I am particularly interested in the infantry rework.

    It was time indeed to start looking at this aspect of the game with so much helos already in DCS or planned for the months to come. I do hope as well that they will look into the damage model ; it must be a lot harder to revamp as there is a global impact to the units and not only the infantry though.

    Regarding the modules in the works, I’m glad a late cold war Russian aircraft will benefit from the full fidelity treatment. The MiG-29 will be a perfect match to the Mirage 2000C.

    I guess after the Phantom being worked on, we’ll see the other Belsimtek project resurfaced. Already waiting for the AH-1 Cobra announcement – we’ll always be looking for the next module, right ?

    Thank you for the good news, the future is bright for sim enthusiasts !

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  3. CanadaOne says:

    Nice read to wake up to on Labour Day. I’m the oddball who isn’t very excited about the F4, but I’ll be very happy to see the BS3 arrive. And the thought of a C-130 is very interesting. That would be a day one purchase. Love doing bad weather landings in a heavy.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      C-130 would be very interesting to have in DCS World. Especially if some of the transport logistics stuff works it’s way into scenarios. That would be fascinating.

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      1. CanadaOne says:

        Love the captions translation in the YouTube video, “We have programmers who are eager to delight.”

        Indeed! 🙂

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  4. hughlb says:

    Any word on a Battle of Britain focus, which Nick Grey had previously alluded to? It seems like the Channel map would serve the basis for this.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Nothing has been said since that one comment in an interview. The decision may have been to focus their WWII efforts post-Mosquito towards the Pacific.

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  5. Dmitriy Kozyrev says:

    FYI: “Unknownboi1” stole that info from the ED Forums without crediting the original author. Can’t post links here, but it was first published in the “DCS: Roadmap (unofficial – NO DISCUSSION HERE)” topic.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks for the information on that. I’ve just edited the article to reflect credit to Minsky for posting the initial information.

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  6. Dmitriy Kozyrev says:

    “A comment from Community Manager BIGNEWY suggests that Eagle Dynamics are not doing the F-4 and that the translation is not wholly accurate.”

    The translation is perfectly accurate. It literally says that the Phantom is coming to DCS quite soon (direct quote from Kate Perederko). It doesn’t say who’s actually working on it, so could be a 3rd party. People just love to assume.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I see the additional comment from Minsky in relation to the translation comment. I was relaying the information as it had been presented.

      As for the assumption, I would say that it’s a fair assumption to make with Eagle Dynamics staff talking largely about what Eagle Dynamics is up to. I unfortunately couldn’t watch the interview myself so I’m missing contextual clues surrounding the conversation.

      Either way, its nice to know that an F-4 is being worked on. It’ll be interesting to see who does it as it’s becoming clear that it is not Eagle Dynamics working on it.

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  7. Gretsch_Man says:

    There’s a lot to like about this latest news for sure.

    The F-4 would be an instant buy for me. Also looking forward to the new dynamic campaign, as well as VR optimization.

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  8. butcher75 says:

    I’m Eager for the Dynamic Campaign.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I am too! Something like that will add tremendous value to all current and future DCS World modules if they do it right.

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    2. Pequod says:

      Eager Dynamics 🙂

      Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

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