If you’re on the latest DCS World Open Beta, the DCS: Mirage F1 is now here for you as Eagle Dynamics and Aerges have taken the wrapper off of the latest module for DCS World. The coverage on this module has been extensive in recent weeks but here’s just a little more as we take a look at the Mirage F1 at launch and quickly look over the rest of the DCS World Open Beta.
F1 is here
Introduced in the 1970s, Dassault’s Mirage F1 fighter was a multi-role fighter, interceptor, reconnaissance, and striker rolled into one common platform with numerous sub versions for customers all over the world. 720 of these fighters were built and many of them saw extensive combat in the Iran-Iraq war, during Persian Gulf, the South African Border War, and in numerous other operations and conflicts.
Aerges have used their Spanish connections to model the Mirage F1CE – an interceptor variant operated by Spain from the mid 1970s until 2013 when the fleet was retired.
The Mirage F1CE launches in an almost completed state according to the developers with a PFM flight model, detailed simulation of a wide variety of systems, high quality 3D model, a variety of new munitions including the MATRA R550 Magic I and R530 IR and EM variants. The sound modeling is also based off of a real aircraft so it should have an extra authentic punch (something to check on during my review).
Additional variants including the EE, BE, and M will be offered later. The EE is the multi-role attacker with some unique features added to it while the BE is a two seat conversion trainer with nearly full combat capability. The M model is intended to be added last and is a modernized version of the jet with digital displays and equipment.
Aerges have aimed high and it looks like they have achieved their goals. It has even earned praise in a tongue-in-cheek examination of the new module’s LOD (level of detail) and texture memory optimization.
The module of course launches with a trailer to get you hyped. And here it is!
If the Mirage F1 is your thing, its available on Steam and on the DCS World e-Store with a promotional price of $63.99 USD and a regular price of $79.99 USD.
Open Beta updates
DCS World’s latest open beta is a big one with an absolutely massive list of updates for many modules. The F/A-18C, F-16C, AH-64D, DCS: Mi-24P Hind, Supercarrier, A-10C II, M-2000C and F-14 are just some of the modules that saw updates.
DCS WWII got some love again with new missions, new features for many of its aircraft, new payloads and the introduction of fuse settings for WWII era bombs. Sunstag from Eagle Dynamics gives us an update on many of those features so if DCS WWII is your thing you should check this out.