This week’s DCS World Weekend News update is out and we’ve learned some new things about Ugra Media’s update to the Normandy map with a formal announcement of Normandy 2. There’s a significant update on the MB-339 from IndiaFoxtEcho. In other community news we’ve seen even more content come out for DCS: F-15E so let’s have a look at that too!
The lead story here is the formal announcement that Ugra Media is re-releasing DCS: Normandy with a significant update. According to the announcement, the new map will be 400 x 600 km in size and will include London, Paris, and the surrounding regions. There will be 130 original map objects and a detailed area that is six times larger than DCS: Normandy 1944.
Unlike the current iteration, the England part of the map will be fully detailed while the France side of the map will see further details too.
ED did have something interesting to say regarding backwards compatibility:
DCS: Normandy 2 will benefit from new technology that allows existing maps to be extended with low-detailed areas. If you wish to pass on the upgrade, you may still join multiplayer servers and compatibility with campaigns will remain. Please note that the Normandy 2 upgrade is required to experience a much higher level of detail.
The map will go on sale for $59.99 USD. If you own either Normandy 1944 or The Channel, you’ll be able to purchase Normandy with an upgrade price of $14.99 USD. If you own both of those prior products the price will be just $9.99 USD.
Normandy 2 does seem like it will be the primary DCS WWII map going forward when its complete encompassing both Normandy and The Channel areas. For owners of both, $9.99 might be an easy upgrade price to swallow. For new players coming in (after this is released), it looks like this may be the only European based DCS WWII map that they will need.
MB-339 dev report
For those wondering right off the bat, no, the MB-339 has not yet released. It does sound like we’re nearly there with this project and this latest development update comes at us with a lot of details. There’s talk about the electrical system modeling, hydraulic system, anti-ice system (which will have visual graphics), pressurization system, nav system, communications and on the list goes.
IndiaFoxtEcho look to be aiming at very high standards for modeling this airplane which is probably why crossing the finish line is taking such a long time.
After my last update this week, RAZBAM released even more F-15E content. We start with part 2 of the DCS: F-15E tutorial series on the PACS system. It’s 34 minutes so get your notebook and popcorn ready!
Then we have Ron Zambrano, RAZBAM CEO posting a couple more in-development videos showing off target designation logic.
Finally, we have a nice image of an F-15E in a reasonably tight turn complete with vapour effects in evidence.