Its been a bit quiet on the Eastern Front, well from 1C Games it has but the team has updated their on going Dev Diary with a new entry.
Following on from the last Dev Diary of 2018 the team have more screenshots of the new and more detailed terrain for their Tank Crew spin-off title. The team are working to finish up the map of the Southern Kursk salient that includes Prokhorovka and will then turn their attentions to the “Clash at Prokhorovka” campaign for the game. The team are also working hard to add the M4A2 Sherman and Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M at the end of this Winter and the T-34 mod. 1943 and PzKpfw IV Ausf.G which they hope to release at the beginning of Spring.
Check out the new screenshots below:
Work on Flying Circus is also continuing with the Sopwith Dolphin and Fokker D.VII ready “soon”. The 100km map of Arras is coming along nicely
Last but by no means least as its one of the most anticipated planes to come to this re-booted IL-2 franchise is the Me 262 A-1/2 which is nearing completion and will hopefully make it into a patch update soon.
The new DCS: Christen Eagle II module from Leatherneck Simulations is now available to users who have the open beta of DCS World installed. Stable release owners will get a message to say they can download it but will then get an error message. The final release is slated for January 23rd and you can buy it now on the Eagle Dynamics store here for $23.99
Eagle Dynamics has just posted up their weekend news – the first for 2019 and laid out some pretty ambitious plans to expand the DCS World aircraft roster.
Back when ED were the developers for Su-27 Flanker and its sequel the flight sim forums used to have some very heated discussions over the best sim which was by many was considered to be Spectrum Holobyte’s Falcon 4.0. Long after Eagle Dynamics launched the Lock On series and Spectrum Holobyte was no more fans still clung to Falcon 4.0 and its community mods as it was the only true study sim of the F-16 Falcon. Well hopefull in 2019 we will get to see ED’s take on the F-16 as they have just announced that their next marquee title will be based on the F-16C! This is fantastic news as the Falcon is a very versatile aircraft, known not only as one of the most agile fighter aircraft of its era but also capable of laser guided bombing and close air support.
Thats not all though as we know Heatblur’s F-14 Tomcat is due very soon with a tentative release window of the end of Winter. The F-14B will be released first, followed by the F-14A and the free USS Forrestal-class aircraft carrier. This multi-role aircraft will provide players the ability to ride in the front-seat and back-seat play for single and multiplayer with AI taking control of the unoccupied seat.
Eagle Dynamics are also working on something to keep the helicopter fans happy. The team are working on the Mi-24P HIND and ED report that this project is well underway. Like the Tomcat the Mi-24P HIND is a two-seat aircraft, and you can fly with a friend online in the co-pilots seat. Check out the early shot of the cockpit below.
Staying with jets but going back in time a little – to the 1950’s to be precise, Razbam are working hard on the MiG-19P “Farmer”. DCS World now has a solid line up of MiG’s through the ages with the MiG-15bis, MiG-19P, MiG-21bis, and MiG-29 modelled. The DCS: MiG-19P from RAZBAM will be available later this month.
Its not all about jets and choppers though, ED are also working hard to bolster the WW2 line-up and plan to release the DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, DCS: de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI, and DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Shrike in 2019! The Thunderbolt and 190 A-8 have seen plenty of coverage in other WW2 sims but the Mosquito will be a welcome module to DCS World for WW2 fans!
Also in development for DCS WW2 is DCS: I-16 by OctopusG and ED say they plan to bring more WW2 aircraft to DCS World and also expanding the WW2 Assets Pack with the Ju-88, Bf 109G, C-47, A-20G, and others. They have also mentioned new WW2 maps and a dynamic campaign!
With updates to come for the F-18 Hornet and cockpit overhauls for the KA-50 and A-10C its shaping up to be a great year for DCS World.
Virpil has just celebrated its 2nd birthday with the announcement of a new grip for their WarBRD Base (and presumably the discontinued MT-50 base). The WarBRD Grip looks to be a close replica of the Type B-8 control stick found in US fighter aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre and F4 Phantom. Flight sim fans may also fondly remember the Thrustmaster Pro FCS back in the 90’s that this new Virpil grip looks very reminiscent of. The main change is the change of the side button to a hat switch which featured in the F-5. The new grip has a dual stage trigger, 1 x 8 way hat switch, 1 x 4 way hat switch, 2 momentary push buttons and a twist axis with a contactless sensor that can be locked in position if you don’t need it. Its not available for purchase yet but be sure to check out their store for updates.