Unreal and NOR and future simulators from the Unreal engine

Back in November of last year, many of us began to learn about a simulation product called the NOR Platform. The simulator came with an impressive trailer sporting top notch visuals and packing in the kind of details that you might expect from a next generation flight sim product. It’s back on the scene recently…

What we now know about the future of the IL-2 series

The team from 1C Game Studios hosted a live stream earlier today answering some questions and talking about the future of the IL-2 series. We’ve learned some things about how the future is going to play out but not quite everything. Let’s dig into it! An announcement but not the announcement Going into the stream…

A few thoughts ahead of the IL-2 live stream

In two days, 1C Game Studios will be hosting a live stream featuring Albert Zhiltsov (Loft) and Daniil Tuseev (Han). We don’t know much about the stream except that they will be doing back to back streams in both English and Russian. Presumably the future of the series will be discussed and we may even…

A look at DCS World 2.8

As point releases go, DCS World 2.8 brings in some nice new features and refinements but it doesn’t jump out at you the way DCS World 2.7’s new clouds might have. That doesn’t mean that what we’ve got now isn’t a couple of steps forward in most ways and so I thought I’d write a…

More DCS 3rd party modules to be announced

Eagle Dynamics has certainly been on a roll recently with aircraft and map announcements coming every week. Matt Wagner from Eagle Dynamics has let slip that there are additional modules in the queue waiting to be announced. Ok then! Four more! The DCS community loves new modules almost as much as we love to speculate…

Let’s talk DCS maps and other complaints

Eagle Dynamics has been on a bit of an announcement spree recently and I thought after last week things might begin to settle down. I was wrong! We’ve seen both aircraft and scenery announcements and it’s been an interesting time to contemplate the future of the series. I want to take stock of what’s been…

DCS World’s new Cold War niche

Sometimes a good thing comes together as part of a plan and sometimes they seem to just happen by accident. Calling the recent focus by third party developers and by the DCS flight sim community at large an accident may sound like a disparagement of what’s going on but I’d like to think the opposite….

DCS World Hornet and Tomcat action with the release of Top Gun Maverick

These days almost everyone around the flight sim community is talking about the release of Top Gun Maverick. Microsoft Flight Simulator and Ace Combat 7 both have officially licensed DLC packages for the movie. DCS World is another simulator that is out there with an F/A-18C Hornet and F-14 Tomcat but no officially licensed DLC….

What’s next for Tank Crew?

The IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles Series has expanded well beyond its original Battle of Stalingrad title adding not only a series of follow-on flight sim titles encompassing World War II and World War I but it also ventured out into more risky terrain by building and integrated a tank sim into the experience. Tank Crew…