Estimated release date: “Later in 2016”
THE VERY LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE UPCOMING
DCS F/A-18C HORNET
...we continue to work on the F/A-18C Hornet.
We are currently working on the cockpit and setting up its functionality. Later in 2016 we plan to release the Hornet as an "Early Access" product that will allow you to participate in early testing.
We have also been working on the DCS: Strait of Hormuz Map with the primary focus on F/A-18C operations.
For this release we are working on our new T5 dynamic mesh terrain technology that we believe will bring this map a new dimension in quality and detail.
We see 2016 as a big year for aircraft carrier operations as we plan to release both Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier modules.
Both of these modules will be incredibly detailed models with:
- working elevators
- interior hangar bays
- animated ship systems
- and the ability to walk around inside the ships.
These will be optional modules that would replace the existing ships currently in DCS World.
More screenshots of the cockpit this month showing fantastic progress:
Work continues on the building the Hornet cockpit and air-to-surface radar technology. Most of the recent cockpit work has involved texturing and animation of cockpit elements.
Work is mostly focused on the air-to-ground radar that is making good progress; the team is now starting to create the various sub-modes such as the expanded modes.
We have included an of image that shows a sample of the new air-to-ground radar technology that is based on radar reflectivity logic.
No, it’s not a myth. Work on the Hornet continues with great progress on the air-to-surface radar. The real beam mapping mode is just about done, and once complete, the team will start work on the various sub-modes. This has been a critical new technology that had to be developed from scratch for this project.
Included in this newsletter is the current status of the 6 DOF cockpit. It is still very much a work-in-progress but project development is now accelerating.
Matt Wagner’s statement/prediction from September last year has come to fruition. Todays Eagle Dynamics newsletter contained fantastic news for F/A-18 fans, including these images which show the cockpit in early stages of development:
ED released this statement in the newsletter:
“Perhaps the most eagerly awaited DCS module, the Hornet, is indeed in progress... it really does exist!
More so than any other of our past and current projects though, the Hornet requires a massive amount of work, not just the creating of the art assets and programming of the cockpit functions, but also a great deal of research, design documentation, building of supersonic aircraft flight dynamics (F-15C with BST and Su-27 have been helping to create this technology), acquiring source data, and creating several new technologies like air-to-surface radar.
In addition to the actual aircraft, there are other elements that need to be created such as an improved Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, much better carrier operations, and a new combat theater map tailored to this aircraft.
We hear you and realize that many of you are very anxious and looking forward to hearing more about this project. As we get closer to an early beta, we will be discussing this more.
The team is currently working on a new combat theater map to support DCS: F/A-18C Hornet.”
An email update today featured this bit of news:
“While we continue to update several of our existing aircraft like the F-15C, Su-27, Su-33 and MiG-29, the team is also hard at work on new aircraft including the Fw-190 and F/A-18C Hornet.”
During discussion at the ED Forums about the DCS F/A-18C Matt ‘Wags’ Wagner stated:
“Honestly, I would not expect any news on Hornet until this time next year at the earliest.”