DCS World Weekend News – 30 June 2017

DCS World 1.5.7 Update

Today we have released a new update to Open Beta DCS World 1.5, with the primary new feature being the support for the DCS: World War II Assets Pack.
Although primarily developed for the DCS: Normandy 1944 Map, these World War II period units work just as well in the Caucasus map. We hope this provides you another option for creating engaging World War II themed missions.

Purchase the DCS: World War II Assets Pack in DCS e-shop

You can find the complete changelog of this DCS World 1.5 update here.

Bundle Deals
This week we are happy to over two bundle deals that include both DCS: Combined Arms and the DCS: World War II Assets Pack for a 40% off savings:

These bundle deals start today at 1500 GMT and will last until 10 July 2017 at 0900 GMT.
You can find them in the special offers of DCS e-shop

DCS World New Maps Update
Now that the DCS: Normandy 1944 Map has been released and we are in a tuning and bug fixing mode, some of our map team has shifted their focus to two other maps we have in development:

New Caucasus Map. Based on the existing map in DCS World 1.5, we are working on a huge update that will include:

  • Improved textures for all seasons
  • Improved and higher resolution ground elevation mesh
  • Improved ground object textures for buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, etc.
  • Adding terrain shadows based on time of day
  • New tree system for more and better-looking forests
  • Additional map area in the southern portion of the map
  • Added procedural grass

Most important though, this updated map will incorporate our new map format and technology that will allow it to be merged into a single DCS World version that includes all of the other maps. The completion of this map is a critical component of moving all DCS World to version 2 and saying goodbye to DCS World 1.5.

As this will update our existing Caucasus map, this update will be for FREE!

DCS: Strait of Hormuz Map. In parallel, our map team is hard at work on the Strait of Hormuz map and making great progress. Using the same map format and technology as the New Caucasus map and the others, this map will also be part of a unified DCS World 2.

As with the DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map, the DCS: Strait of Hormuz map will blend satellite imagery with art-created textures such that it looks good from squirrel-level to 60,000 feet and beyond. We are particularly looking forward to making this a great home for our DCS: F/A-18C Hornet.

WIP Screenshots

DCS: World War II Bonus Action Continues
Lasting until just Monday, July 3rd at 0900 GMT, save up to 60% on all DCS: World War II aircraft products using your bonus points.
These include:

Find these and all of our other aircraft modules in the DCS e-Shop

DCS World Weekend News – 23 June 2017

DCS World 2.1.1 Update Now Available
Our first big update to DCS World 2.1 is now available. You can either update your DCS World 2 installation using the automatic updater, or you can download DCS World 2.1 from DCS site

Please note that either the DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map or the Normandy 1944 Map are required.

Important additions to version 2.1.1 include:

  • New Gamma Slider to adjust brightness and contrast
  • New units for the World War II Assets Pack like Flak units
  • B-17 bomber equipped with defensive fire
  • Addition of Deferred Lighting and Physics Based Rendering (PBR)
  • War damage zone setting is now supported on Nevada map
  • Many fixes and updates to several DCS World modules

You can read a more complete list of version 2.1.1 changes in the dedicated thread on the DCS forum.

Spitfire LF Mk.IX: Epsom Campaign

The first campaign for the new Normandy 1944 Map has entered testing this week, and we hope for it to be available for sale in the near future. This will be a Spitfire campaign and consist of 12 missions that focus on the Epsom campaign following the D-Day landings in June 1944. The missions consist of a combination of armed reconnaissance, intercepts, and directed ground attacks.

For this campaign, we teamed up with the greatly respected “Bunyap”, who has created an amazing level of detail and content for the briefings and historical background. All missions and flights in the campaign are based on actual missions down to the squadrons, targets, locations, times, weather, flak locations, etc. We believe this will be the most historically accurate portrayal of World War II air combat in a PC flight simulation.

Screenshots.

World War II Aircraft Bonus Weekend
Starting today at 1500 GMT and lasting until 0900 GMT on 3 July we are allowing DCS Users to use their bonus points to take 60% off the cost of any DCS World War II aircraft.

These include:

Find these and all of our other aircraft modules in the DCS e-Shop

DCS World on Steam Summer Sale
From now until July 5th, all DCS World modules on Steam can be purchased with a 40% discount!