Heatblur updates us on DCS: A-6E

The folks at Heatblur have a talent for picking some truly iconic and long sought after aircraft to develop for DCS World. The F-14 and F-4 are prime examples (although the cult following of the Viggen does run against the trend just a bit) of extremely anticipated types. The same can be said for the A-6E and today we got a very small update plus a couple of screenshots. We like those! Let’s have a look!

It’s news tidbit time

The first bit of news that Heatblur is confirming is that the AI version of the A-6E is coming this summer.

Some of you may remember that this part of the project is or was originally part of the DCS: F-14 announcement from four years ago that Heatblur called “shoulder to shoulder.” A reference, no doubt, about the combined carrier forces that included the F-14 and A-6 as significant components of the carrier strike wing. It was only later that Heatblur officially confirmed that the A-6 would be a later development of a full module on its own.

Watch the 2018 ‘shoulder to shoulder’ video where the A-6 AI was first revealed.

Heatblur also talked briefly today about the ongoing work to develop the fully flyable DCS: A-6E. Unsurprisingly, the type will benefit from the current efforts for DCS: F-4E, Jester Reborn (aka version 2.0), new wear & tear features, and, in their words “much more.”

Development of the DCS: A-6E will reportedly proceed in parallel with DCS: Eurofighter. This is unsurprising too as the TrueGrit team, in partnership with Heatblur, are bringing that to life.

The announcement appeared earlier today on their Facebook page. Check it out!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:

    Not sure how much work an AI model takes, but this is bound to be a very nice AI module for sure.

    I assume it will be free. I mean, will we get to the point where individual AI planes are paid modules?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Yes I’d expect it will be free. Almost no question as that’s it’s initial value. Then it will pave the way for the folks who want to fly one – that part will be paid as usual.

      Will all slot into the core of DCS World.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. butcher75 says:

    Let’s take her downtown Jake!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Blue 5 says:

      Careful there’s not a Wop in the woodpile.

      Great film, great aircraft.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. butcher75 says:

        Fighter pukes make movies. Bomber pilots make… history!
        I love this movie….


  3. Urgent Siesta says:

    It’s an interesting way to build a Full Fidelity module, and build hype but also keep it under control 🙂

    I wonder if it’ll have any special/upgraded AI logic or flight model (not sure that’s possible) as that’d make it far more enticing as an AI.

    In any case, I know we’re quite a ways off on this, but i’m truly looking forward to it, and all the other carrier aircraft coming our way in the meantime 🙂

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  4. Snowy says:

    An AI version will be welcome. I will definitely be up for purchasing a flyable A-6E from Heatblur.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. TheSimNet says:

    “The AI version of the A-6E will be added to DCS this summer;”…
    “Expect to learn much more once we fully unveil our Phantom.”…

    I’m interested if this means we will see a full unveiling of the F-4 this summer? That would certainly put it sooner than the current estimates which are late fall/early winter. Fingers crossed!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Unknown. I’ve speculated a lot in the past but it never comes out when I’m thinking it will.

      Summer? Maybe! Fall? Could be! ☺️

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