With a half dozen new aircraft and maps announced over the last several weeks, a common question being asked in the community is why so many all at once and what has changed. Well, we have a bit of insight into that now.
Third party announcements
The recent spate of announcements from DCS: Sinai to DCS: F-100 and yesterday’s DCS: A-1 Skyraider has had people around the community wondering. Why so many have been announced all at once all of the sudden feels like there has been some sort of shift.
The sheer number is unprecedented for DCS’ history. To some extent, I think the sim growing its audience and pulling in more third parties is at least part of the recent spree of announcements. But there is another reason and this one comes from Eagle Dynamics directly.
In a post on the DCS World forums, community manager BIGNEWY, gives us some insight as to the reasoning.
In the past we generally waited until a 3rd party module was quite far along in development; however, this has resulted in duplicated efforts and inefficiencies. Instead, once a 3rd party module has a completed license agreement, we will now announce it to allow the 3rd party to “plant a flag” and avoid duplicated efforts. Once a 3rd party project is roughly six months away from release based on an internal evaluation, more news and updates will be made available.
BIGNEWY on the DCS World forums
Because we have several 3rd party projects in development, and the change in announcement policy, we have had a flurry of announcement activity.
So the bottom line seems to be that this is an effort to let the community know earlier on in the process so that other third parties don’t start on a project only to find that one is already underway and is unannounced.
Hold your hype
The last line of the first paragraph is important too. Although all of these projects are clearly underway, the lead times on DCS World projects are long. While some, like the C-130 appear to be quite advanced, others like the DCS: F-100 Super Sabre are clearly in the very opening stages.
This may lead to some not hearing many updates and indeed beginning to worry when modules haven’t seen updates for quite a long period of time. I would assume that for many of these projects we may not hear about them for quite some time. That may be measured in months but it also may be measured in a year or more.
Obviously, the announcement is just the beginning. Then we’ll need to give all of these third party developers time to do what they need to do to make these aircraft come alive. In the meantime, there’s lots of great modules languishing in my hangar that need some dusting off and flying around.