DCS World Weekend News – 25 October 2019

2019 Autumn Sale Continues!
Time is running out; have you picked up a new DCS World module? Whether it’s a new aircraft, terrain or campaign, now is a great time to get that module. Most of our modules are available at 50% off, with the following exceptions:

  • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED – 25% off
  • DCS: Persian Gulf Map – 25% off
  • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
  • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
  • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time
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Whether you are a seasoned DCS World pilot or a newcomer, we want to hear what modules you chose and your experience so far. If you are new to DCS World, come to our forums and say hello; you’ll find lots of help to get you in the air!

Fear not DCS World for Steam users; we haven’t forgotten about you! The same discounts will be available in the upcoming Steam Halloween Sale.

DCS World Update
On Monday we released an Open Beta hotfix for the Hornet and Gazelle. You can see the Hotfix changelog here.

The next update will be an Open Beta for next Wednesday. Once a few more critical items are addressed for the Viper and Hornet, and we are sure the program is stable, we will release an update to the release/stable version of DCS World. Thank you for all the Open Beta feedback and bug reports, and it has helped tremendously.

Thanks for your dedication and support of DCS World!

Development Report #2
We had hoped to share more information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) this week, but the information wasn’t quite ready. Instead, we are happy to show progress on the updated A-10C cockpit. The cockpit is being recreated from the ground up and an all-new 3D mesh, textures, and effects. Our goal is to bring the Warthog up to 2019 standards, and this includes a great VR experience.

Another item in development is the DCS: Supercarrier module. We recently completed the external model, and we plan to make CVN-71 & CVN-74 versions available at early access launch. The team is now focused on implementing the high-poly Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and Air Boss stations. Here is a list of the planned Early Access features, but this list is subject to change.

Early Access Features

  1. New Nimitz-class aircraft carrier model:
    • Highly detailed polygon model.
    • High-resolution textures that include realistic weathering and markings
    • Animated arresting wires and blast shields
    • Animated radar antennas
    • Animated aircraft elevators
    • Catapult bubble between catapults 1 and 2
    • Steam from catapults
    • Risers (guard rails) around aircraft elevators when lowered
    • Long-range line-up lights
    • IFLOLS
    • Animated “rabbit lights” along landing area centerline
    • Deck lighting
    • Functional air defence weapon systems:
      • Sea Sparrow
      • CWIS
      • Sea RAM
    • Option for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers of the Roosevelt sub-class:
      • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
      • CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
      • CVN-73 George Washington
  2. Deck parking allowing up to 14 aircraft to be spawned on deck. We will review the possibility of increasing this number to 18 in the coming months.
  3. Carrier radio communications for Case I, Case II, and Case III.
  4. Static deck vehicles (AS32A-31A Flight Deck Tractor, AS32A-32A Hangar Deck Tractor, AS32A-36 Aircraft crash and salvage crane, P-25 Fire Fighting Vehicle) that can be placed by mission designers.
  5. Static deck crew that can be placed by mission designers.
  6. Animated deck crew for bow and waist catapults launches.

DCS World Weekend News – 18 October 2019

2019 Autumn Sale starts today!
We are happy to announce that the DCS World Autumn 2019 Sale is here with incredible savings on most DCS World products!

Lasting until November 4th, save 50% on most DCS World modules! This applies to aircraft, maps, and campaigns. The only exceptions include:

  • DCS: F/A-18 Hornet by ED – 25% off
  • DCS: Persian Gulf Map – 25% off
  • DCS: Christen Eagle II by Magnitude 3 LLC – 25% off
  • DCS: F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations – not on sale at this time
  • DCS: F-16C Viper by ED – not on sale at this time

Get these deals starting today in the DCS E-shop

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We will also be participating in the Steam Halloween Sale.

Open Beta update
We released a new Open Beta update this week. Much of the focus has been on the Viper and includes initial Basic IFF and fuel tank jettison. On the Hornet front, we are introducing the AGM-62 Walleye ER/DL with support from the AWW-13 Data Link Pod. Along with these highlights, many more fixes have been included and you check out the complete changelog here.

Development Report #1
In order to provide greater transparency in our endeavours, we are happy to introduce a new series of Development Reports. These will shed light on some of the most requested features and their progress.

New AI FM (GFM) – currently in progress
Last week we introduced some new skills for our AI pilots, and we want to thank you for the feedback. We are happy to hear that it’s making a big difference! We are also working on what we term the GFM (General Flight Model), and this is the new FM for the AI that you may have heard us hint at earlier. This FM will support asymmetric payloads, and naturally crosswind landings. We think this will make the AI pilots fly in a more realistic and human fashion. The GFM will not only simulate kinematic movement, but also true stability and controllability characteristics of the plane and their natural behavior at takeoff and landing. The current effort is on building variations of mass and moments of mass in flight. In the future, we will develop the principal functionality to support supermaneuverability.

UH-1H Multi-Crew Functionality – currently in internal testing
This hugely anticipated feature is close to seeing the light of day. We have begun internal testing of multi-crew functionality for the Huey. The initial testing is progressing well, and it will allow two pilots to fly the Huey as a team. Pilots will be able to interact with each other’s panels, and it should be a beet fun addition to an already excellent module.

Next week we will share some new information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) and the Supercarrier module.

Thanks for your support.