We have our first official DCS World news update for 2022 and it comes to us with a little bit of new information on a variety of projects including the MB-339, the F4U Corsair, plus a look at some very highly detailed AI 3D models for a future DCS World update. Let’s have a look!
MB-339 and F4U progress
I’ve reported on a number of progress reports from IndiaFoxtEcho, a third party developer that is doing work on both Microsoft Flight Simulator and DCS World aircraft. They have already released a simplified MB-339 for MSFS while they build out a more complex simulation for DCS World.
This DCS World news update is one of the first times that we’ve seen an update directly from Eagle Dynamics on the matter. Indeed, in a recent update, IndiaFoxtEcho did report that they were in the process of submitting the aircraft to Eagle Dynamics.
I have high hopes that we’ll see this aircraft release over the next two quarters of this year. In the meantime, check out these exterior and cockpit images. The cockpit images in particular are very impressive!
This week also has a F4U update featured in. We haven’t learned anything new from what was mentioned about a week ago during the Magnitude 3 update but it is still newsworthy that Eagle Dynamics is mentioning it in one of their first 2022 updates. Coming out this week, post update, have been some new images which Eagle Dynamics has included one in the update of the F4U’s radium based instrumentation which glows after being exposed to light. And of course the cockpit is really looking impressive now as is the Essex!
I hope we learn more this year about where DCS WWII is going and if the transition to a Pacific themed theatre will be backed up by additional content and modules.
New AI aircraft
Also on display this week is the work on the 3D models of three AI aircraft for DCS World. We’ve heard that the S-3, B-52 and B-1B were all going to see updates but now we have actual 3D models to look at (although the B-52 images don’t appear to be available for download at the moment).
Although they look spectacularly detailed, I still expect a long lead time before we see these arrive in the sim. AI assets do tend to take a long time to appear and I’ve no doubt that paid modules like the AH-64 take precedence.
No AH-64 update this week
Conspicuous by its absence, we have no updates on the DCS: AH-64D Apache or its release date. That said, the list of features still in development make me think that this module still needs more time before early access. Indeed, most of us want a at least partially functional module before it goes to early access and I suspect ED is working to get it to that point before launch.
Making the rounds this week was rumours of a January 26 launch. That was fueled by the January 26 release date on the Steam Store page. So far, nothing else has confirmed that date and Steam Store pages are usually obligated to provide some sort of release date according to sources at Eagle Dynamics.
I’d caution on too much hype for now but stay tuned as this module moves its way closer to a launch.
In the meantime, read all of the latest in the DCS World Weekend News update.