Eagle Dynamics, the developer behind the highly acclaimed Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) series, has announced a slew of updates and improvements for its flagship simulation platform. The focus for the upcoming year is on enhancing the core simulation experience with significant advancements in graphics, gameplay, and module support.
Vulkan API Integration
A major technical leap forward is the integration of the Vulkan Application Programming Interface (API), which follows the release of multi-threading and support for DLSS/FSR technologies. The transition to Vulkan is expected to significantly boost system performance and efficiency, especially in VR. Eagle Dynamics has been working on adapting its internal tools to the Vulkan API, aiming to surpass the capabilities of DirectX 11. However, they note that the performance gains will vary based on individual hardware and settings.
Core Simulation Enhancements
Eagle Dynamics is introducing a new game persistence system that allows players to save their progress mid-mission and return to it later. A revamped replay system is also in the works to provide more reliable and feature-rich mission playback. Other core improvements include:
- New infantry models and animations for more realistic behaviors.
- A range of new air, ground, and naval units from WWII to modern times.
- Graphic enhancements, including better VR performance and special effects.
- A new fog system and more realistic cloud formations for weather simulation.
- Voice chat improvements with continued integration of radios across various units.
- A new spherical Earth model, although its release is not expected in 2024 due to the project’s complexity.
Air Traffic Control and Accessibility
Eagle Dynamics is working on an exceptional ATC experience with improved voice dialog and interface. They are also updating the Graphic User Interface to make DCS more accessible to new players, including a new Launcher and interactive missions to ease the learning curve.
Missile and Munitions Development
The R-27 and R-73 missile families are being updated with new component structures and flight dynamics, along with a new proximity fuse model. Air-to-ground munitions are also receiving updates, including guided bombs and tactical missiles. Early Anti-Radiation Missiles (ARMs) are being developed with narrow-band seekers to simulate older ARM systems accurately.
Electronic Countermeasures (ECM)
Eagle Dynamics is developing advanced ECM simulation principles to represent a wider variety of electronic warfare tactics and countermeasures. This complex task aims to provide a satisfactory simulation of modern warfare’s electronic aspects.
Module Support and Improvements
The development team is committed to updating and improving existing aircraft and maps. Notable module-specific updates include:
- Radar improvements for the F-16C and F/A-18C.
- Data Transfer Card (DTC) interface development for various aircraft.
- Advanced fuzing options for modern aircraft.
- Flight model, flight control system, and landing gear physics refinements for the F/A-18C.
- Additional functions and modes for the AH-64D, including Fire Control Radar (FCR) core functions.
- New plane director operations for the Supercarrier module.
- Continued work on the Mosquito FB VI, including AI crew members and the Drift recorder.
Eagle Dynamics expresses gratitude for the community’s passion and support and encourages players to stay tuned for more details on the updates. The team’s commitment to enhancing DCS World remains strong, with a focus on delivering a realistic and immersive simulation experience. Posted on Fri, January 12, 2024, the news update from Eagle Dynamics promises an exciting year ahead for DCS enthusiasts, with a clear emphasis on pushing the boundaries of flight simulation technology and gameplay.
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