DCS World Weekend News – 26 January 2018

DCS World 2.5.0 Update
Yes, we are still on track to release by the end of this month! Last week we created a test version of the DCS World 2.5.0 branch and we and our testers are hammering away on it. DCS World 2.5.0 will be released as an update to the Open Beta on 31 January 2018, and the 2.5.0 Open Beta installer will be available the next day. We are staggering these to avoid overloading our file servers.

The 2.5.0 “Release” version will launch a week or two later, depending on how the Open Beta release goes.

The Steam version will come a week after the 2.5.0 Release version is launched.
In parallel, we are also preparing the final update for DCS World 1.5.8. This will continue 1.5.8’s availability, but it will be unsupported following the release of DCS World 2.5.

You can find a detailed description of the DCS World 2.5.0 launch process on the DCS forum.

Price Changes
From today onwards and until the end of February 2018 we will maintain the current pricing and discounts levels for all DCS modules. Thereafter, prices will return to their original recommended levels.

  • DCS: A-10C Warthog: $59.99
  • DCS: Black Shark 2: $49.99
  • DCS: P-51D Mustang: $39.99
  • DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3: $49.99
  • DCS: Combined Arms: $39.99
  • F-15C for DCS World: $14.99
  • A-10A for DCS World: $14.99
  • Su-27 for DCS World: $14.99
  • Su-25 for DCS World: $14.99

DCS World 70% Off Bonus Event
From now until the end of the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta period, use your bonus points to save up to 70% off the modules that will be subject to the price change noted above.
In the store checkout page, select the option to use your bonus points.

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Pre-Purchase
Pre-purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet now and save $20 from the Early Access launch price.

Find DCS: F/A-18C on our DCS e-Shop.

Find the very latest Hornet news in the special DCS forum thread.

DCS World Weekend News – 19 January 2018

DCS: Yak-52 Update
Although the Hornet and DCS World 2.5 have been in the spotlight lately, the Yak-52 is making great progress and will introduce some great new technologies that will benefit the future of DCS World.

  • We are creating a new radial piston simulation engine from the ground up with a highly-realistic engine cooling model. This will have great benefits for future DCS aircraft like the P-47D Thunderbolt.
  • One of our staff members is also Yak-52 aerobatic pilot! We’ve had our flight engineers in the back seat to get the flight model and quirks of the aircraft just right.
  • A very important aspect of the Yak-52 are the flight dynamics and post-stall behavior. Our team has been making substantial progress to making our Yak-52 fly just like the real one, including edge-of and out-of-envelope maneuvers. She really will be a blast to fly!
  • We are also working to include cooperative multiplayer to allow both pilot and student in the same aircraft.
  • When played in VR, the detailed cockpit very much comes to life.

 

Professional Flight Model (PFM) and authentic Flight Control System (FCS)

More WIP screenshots

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
Last week we made DCS: F/A-18C Hornet available for pre-purchase and it has been a huge success for us. Thank you for the amazing support!

Between April and the end of Spring 2018, we will release the Hornet into Early Access. For now though, pre-purchase and save 20$. Additionally, you will receive $19 in bonus points!

Pre-purchase and save $20 in DCS e-shop!

The Hornet is a true multi-role fighter that can switch from attacking surface targets to engaging air targets with the press of a button. Equally at home on an aircraft carrier or airfield, the Hornet is equipped with a large suite of sensors that include radar, target pod, and a helmet mounted sight. In addition to its internal 20mm cannon, the Hornet can be armed with large assortment of unguided bombs and rockets, laser- and -GPS-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles of all sorts, and both radar- and infrared-guided air-to-air missiles.
DCS World provides the most rich and authentic digital battlefield for the Hornet to fly in.

Key Features of DCS: F/A-18C Hornet:

  • Realistic model of the F/A-18C, down to each bolt
  • Detailed simulation of the Hornet’s many systems like engines, fuel, electrical, hydraulic, radios, lighting, emergency, and many, many more
  • Inertial and GPS navigation systems with moving map display
  • Virtually all the weapons and sensors that a mid-2000s US Navy F/A-18C operates
  • Highly realistic cockpit that is mouse interactive
  • Spin recovery system
  • Authentic Hornet sounds with assistance from Boeing
  • New effects like over-wing vapor
  • Virtual Reality support
  • Multiple liveries

If you have any questions about DCS: F/A-18C, they are probably answered in the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet FAQ

You can also find regular project updates here