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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Big detail dump on DCS WWII

While most if not all of the screenshots in this official blurb were taken from existing DCS world content, it was nice to see the devs sketch out their ambitions so clearly.

If wishes were fishes...

If you would like to contribute to the crowd funding drive for this project, you can do so here:

I will be. In full realisation that a lot of this content will never arrive, and that the project will take a lot longer than people would like, and the end result won't live up to all the hype and hopes - but if it gets close, we'll have a great new player in the combat sim genre.
    Welcome to DCS WWII: Europe 1944, the start of an exciting new flight simulation series!

Legendary flight simulation designers Oleg Maddox, Ilya Shevchenko, and Igor Tishin, are excited to bring you a new WWII flight simulation for the PC. Built by industry veterans with the same approach that made the famous flight sims of the past great, and in partnership with the experts at the Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics, the simulation aims to satisfy seasoned aces as well as attract new pilots to the genre.

With unparalleled attention to detail, our developers have decades of experience with aerial combat simulations. We are famous for our ability to make our games fun while maintaining unwavering dedication to historical realism. We can do it because relatively simple WWII-era aircraft do not require extensive training, and nimble controls and simple weapons naturally lead to fast-paced close-quarters battles. 
We want to open a new page in WWII combat simulations. We also strive to recapture everything that made famous flight simulations of the past great, starting with a thick spiral-bound manual and comprehensive training, and ending with great free-for-all multiplayer. But we cannot do it without your help!

  • Detailed recreations of famous WWII aircraft.

  • Meticulous modeling of individual aircraft systems

  • Planes can be flown by following actual historical flight manuals without the need to refer to in-game documentation!

  • Huge game world painstakingly recreated from period maps. 

  • Rich single-player experience recreating famous battles from both sides. 

  • Join the German Luftwaffe, or attack Fortress Europe with the British RAF or the US Army Air Force.

  • Fight in famous battles like the D-Day Invasion and the Battle of the Falaise pocket. 

  • Join a historical squadron and fly alongside famous aces from both sides.

  • Advanced AI recreates historical tactics and models pilots of varying skill levels, from bumbling rookies to merciless aces. 

  • Dynamic weather and seasons add a beautiful backdrop and additional challenges to each sortie. 

  • Comprehensive training system makes the game accessible to people who have never flown before. 

  • Detailed aircraft manuals explain the specifics of each aircraft, and the realities of historical aerial combat. 

  • Robust multiplayer module provides the ultimate challenge by pitting players against each other in heated large-scale battles. 
  • Powerful mission and campaign editors allow creation of player-made scenarios. 
  • Mission replay system, pilot log book, and other features add to the player experience. 

Flyable Aircraft:
  • Republic P-47D-28 Thunderbolt;
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX;
  • Messerschmitt Bf-109K-4;
  • Focke-Wulf FW.190D-9 (from DCS: World);
  • North-American P-51D Mustang (from DCS: World).
Non-Flyable Aircraft:
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress;
  • Messerschmitt Me.262A-1.
  • Normandy. Area of the historical D-Day Invasion, as well as the extensive preparation and follow-up battles.
  • Training campaign for each aircraft;
  • Luftwaffe Fighter campaign (Bf.109);
  • British Fighter campaign (Spitfire);
  • US Ground Attack campaign (P-47).
  • Selection of missions for each aircraft.
  • Authentic ground vehicles, guns, and ships;
  • Authentic historical buildings and landmarks;
  • Regular content updates.

Realities of the current PC marketplace have a lot of developers moving away from traditional distribution models. The last major release in the DCS line, DCS World, is distributed via a free-to-play model. The core game is available free of charge. We encourage you to check the game out, but keep in mind that the included modern aircraft, like the free Su-25 attack jet, are as different from WWII prop fighters as today’s smartphone from a 1940s Bakelite rotary.
The free to play model allows a wider audience access the core game. It is, in essence, a free demo that allows everyone to try the game before they buy it. At the same time, the model accurately reflects immense development costs attached to historically accurate study sims. Recreating a single historical aircraft to DCS standards is a large-scale project for an entire team of experienced developers, each possessing unique skills. Schedules and budgets for each individual aircraft built to today’s standards are comparable to those for entire games from just a few years ago.

The DCS WWII series will start with Europe 1944 and, given enough interest, continue to grow to cover more theaters, more aircraft, and more content. Moreover, its modules will plug into DCS World modules and vice versa, so you’ll be able to fly a 1940s Messerschmitt against a modern Su-25, if you so choose.
DCS: Europe 1944 will distribute via a free-to-play model, with the core game available as a free download! That means that a supporter of ANY level will be able to fly and enjoy this game! The rest of the modules will be available as a separate purchase. 

The free downloadable version of Europe 1944 will include THREE fully flyable aircraft, each arguably more famous than the next: the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/ground attack aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire fighter, and the German Messerschmitt Bf.109G. Non-player-controllable versions of all other aircraft will also be included, allowing the players to see them in action at any time.
The project is a joint venture between RRG Studios and Eagle Dynamics. 
RRG Studios brings over 10 years of experience with WWII flight simulations to the table. Staffed with flight sim veterans that worked on the greatest WWII flight sim series of the 21st century, we literally wrote the book on the new generation of flight sims.
Eagle Dynamics is the studio responsible for the biggest modern aviation sims of the past twenty years. In-house experts have industry-best experience with physics, avionics, ballistics, and all other components that go into making a successful flight simulation. Eagle Dynamics continues to redefine the genre and continuously sets the bar high with each new release.
The Fighter Collection is the company that manages Eagle Dynamics. It is based in Cambridge, England, and it operates Europe’s largest fleet of airworthy WWII aircraft. The Fighter Collection runs the annual Flying Legends airshow, giving us unprecedented access to the aircraft we simulate.
Oleg Maddox is one of the biggest names in flight sims. A graduate of the world-famous Moscow Aviation Institute, he spent 11 years in the Soviet aerospace industry. He then developed some of the biggest PC games of the Russian market, including unique FPS titles such as Zar and Mad Space. The games offered such innovative features as non-euclidean geometry and speech recognition. Oleg then used their success to focus once again on his childhood obsession with aviation. In 1998 his team began to work on what was to become a smash hit flight sim. The rest is history. Lauded for its unique mix of excitement and realism, Oleg’s work went on to become the biggest and the most award-winning flight simulation of the 21st century. It launched an entire litter of spin-off aerial simulations that continue to this day.
Oleg’s incredible talent lies in his ability to interact with gamers and to translate their desires into game features. Oleg will act as the team’s advisor, distilling the wishes of the fans into design decisions, and making sure they properly translate into something that satisfies the fans today as well as in the long run. As the team’s foremost expert on aircraft performance and WWII history, Oleg will act as the ultimate quality control on the game, ensuring it meets the highest possible standards of both historical accuracy and playability.
Ilya Shevchenko is an industry veteran that worked with Oleg's team since the very beginning. Spearheading community efforts, Ilya led the international team of volunteers that created and expanded the original simulation, took it to new theaters, and eventually ended up producing the biggest most comprehensive collection of flyable WWII aircraft ever created. 
Ilya will act as the project’s lead producer. He will take part in all design decisions while managing the day-to-day operations, assigning and tracking tasks, and keeping everyone on their toes. As a member of a relatively small team, Ilya will, as always, dabble in most tasks first-hands, working on the game’s landscapes, building missions, managing voice recordings, and generally making sure things get done.
Igor Tishin is the driving force behind the successes of Eagle Dynamics over the past 20 years. Starting with the smash hit Su-27 Flanker (1995), he led the team that built the biggest successes in modern combat simulations, including Lock-On: Modern Air Combat, DCS: Black Shark, and many others. Long-time friends with Oleg Maddox, both working out of Moscow, Russia, they had a gentleman’s agreement to avoid direct competition by sticking to their own time frames. Igor is now very excited to finally join forces with Oleg and Ilya and to start a new series of WWII flight simulations.
Igor will oversee all engine and flight dynamics work on the project. Putting the same effort into the historical accuracy and realism as he did into the recent DCS: P-51 release, Igor will ensure the new WWII aircraft built for this project will satisfy the most discriminating expert.

Our goal is not just to make DCS WWII: Europe 1944, but to grow the DCS WWII line into a long-running simulation series covering all theaters of WWII, and expanding into other nearby conflicts, such as the Korean War.
We want to keep creating the content that we enjoy creating and that our fans enjoy playing for years to come.
We want to be able to release regular content updates in the shape of new aircraft, new gameplay maps, new ground vehicles, as well as various feature improvements and additions that keep both the game and the game engine ahead of the curve.

We also plan to turn future commercial success into various free content updates, most importantly in the shape of new historical missions and campaigns that the community can enjoy while waiting for the next aircraft or battlefield.
In general, we see a clear line of communication on the game’s future constantly evolving and changing based on the wishes of the community. It worked well for us in the past. We want to keep the same spirit with DCS WWI, where both immediate and long-term development goals are clearly communicated to the community, and updates in the shape of individual features or larger content packs are regularly released both commercially and for free.
Finally, we have huge plans for the game’s multiplayer component. They are outside the listed kickstarter goals because they are a bit too ambitious to fit into the kickstarter timeframe, and because they also stretch to other products in the DCS line. We feel that multiplayer is a huge part of any flight sim’s success, and with Oleg Maddox and some of his former teammates, we have an incredible team that can both design a great comprehensive approach to multiplayer on paper, and implement it into robust, exciting gameplay.

Ultimately, we are building a robust multiplayer module that covers all aspects of the spectrum from gratuitous free-for-all to rigid historically realistic cooperative, both centrally- and community-run, with persistent online record-keeping and many other features that keep the online war current and exciting for years to come.

The following aircraft will appear in the game:

The Messerschmitt Bf.109, often called Me 109, was the mainstay German fighter of WWII. It served with distinction throughout the war, and new variants with new improvements kept it up to date and competitive all the way until the war’s end in 1945.
The G series 109 modeled in Europe’44 was the most produced of all Bf.109 variants. Many Luftwaffe aces scored a bulk of their kills in the Bf.109G. With a powerful nose cannon, and available underwing gunpods, it could destroy most targets in a single salvo. Its powerful engine, small size and nimble controls also meant it could dogfight on part with any contemporary Allied fighter. However the 109’s inline engine and construction meant that it could not withstand much punishment. Unlike the P-47 Thunderbolt, you really want to avoid getting hit in the Bf.109.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber, perhaps on the most recognizable aircraft of WWII.
Sturdy, durable, and easy to fly, it could carry a massive payload. Its advanced Norden bombsight meant that bombs would usually find their target. Beloved by the USAAF crewmen who flew it for its ability to limp back home looking like a hunk of Swiss cheese, the B-17 was equally reviled by the Germans for its participation in what the propaganda termed “terror bombing” and for its bristle of defensive guns. 
Thousands of the Flying Fortresses dotted skies over Germany and occupied Europe. Flying through black splotches of exploding flak, they became a symbol of US air power. 

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the most mass-produced American fighter planes of the war. Large and heavy, it amazed both friend and foe twice: first with its sheer size that dwarfed many contemporary fighters, and then with the fact that it could still hold its own in a dogfight.
However, by 1944 most P-47s were no longer flying as fighters. Newer, nimbler, more advanced P-51 Mustangs replaced them in the role. Instead the Jug as it was affectingly known, flew in the ground attack role. Carrying more bombs and rockets than some dedicated bombers, yet fast and nimble as a fighter, P-47s wreaked havoc on the European countryside. They flew at tree-top level, seeking out German vehicle hiding in the brush, or dove down from the clouds suppressing German firing positions, flipping over attacking Panzers, or strafing infantry with the impressive array of 8 .50-cal machine guns. 
Most importantly, the P-47 was highly durable and could withstand punishment. It could come back home with a bullet through the engine cylinder, a basketball-sized hole in the wing, and the pilot’s armor plating all peppered with enemy rounds. There are even stories of German fighters flying directly behind a damaged P-47 and emptying entire ammo stores right into its back, with the Jug seemingly devouring the rounds with no noticeable effect. If there was one thing the P-47 excelled at, it was getting its pilot back home.

The Supermarine Spitfire was the most famous, and without a doubt the most beautiful British fighter of the war.
First earning its fame in the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire went through numerous improvements and modifications. It stayed in service well after the war, serving on all theaters, from Europe to Africa and the Pacific.
Beloved for its pleasing outlines, powerful armament, excellent engine, and great overall performance, the Spitfire was respected by all adversaries, German, Italian, Rumanian, or Japanese. If anything, Spitfire is the ultimate proof that if it looks good, it flies good.

The Messerschmitt Me.262A-1 was the world's first operational jet fighter. Product of some of the most advanced engineering anywhere in the world, it was powered by twin Junkers Jumo 004 engines, the most exceptional part of the aircraft. Other countries were also working on their own jet engines, but their program was just a little ahead of everyone else. They were flight-testing when everyone else was by their drawing boards, and by the time everyone else was flight testing, the Luftwaffe was starting production.
Other than the engines, the aircraft itself was not particularly advanced or novel. It was, in many ways, just a prop plane with jet engines strapped in. However the engines were better, more powerful, and more reliable than anyone else's. So, when Allied bomber crews first spotted strange propellerless aircraft gliding through the air at unbelievable speeds, the shock and awe was complete. The Allies had nothing up their sleeve. For a while, Luftwaffe was back on top.
After a few months, the general Allied air superiority began to shift the balance yet again. The Germans could not produce the jets fast enough; nor could they replace the pilots they were losing. While the Allies were still flying piston-engine fighters that were just too slow to catch the 262 in combat, many of the German jet pilots were not experienced enough to get much use out of their superior speed. They simply could not aim well enough at those incredible speeds. Then, the Allies had such superiority that they could simply hang around until the jets came in to land, and shoot them down by their airfields.
Still, the Me.262 is one of the most incredible aircraft of WWII. In capable hands it can make its pilot literally invincible. If flown fast enough, you'll always be beyond your enemy's reach; and if your aim is true enough, the enemy is always at your mercy

The Focke-Wulf FW.190D-9, also known as the Dora-9, was one of the most advanced variants of the famous Focke-Wulf single-engine fighter. The FW.190 was a radial-engine counterpart to the inline-engine Bf.109. Just as the Luftwaffe fighter force was split between those two fighters, today's simulation fans are split in their preference. Some prefer the sleek, powerful 109; others swear by the comfortable yet devastating 190.
Almost futuristic for its time, the Focke-Wulf fighter addressed many of the cockpit workload issues that plagued the 109 till the end of the war. A forerunner of the hands-on-throttle-and-stick methodology, the 190 automated many important functions that required multiple actions by the pilot in a Messerschmitt.
The D or Dora variant however was a radical departure from the radial engine of the earlier variants. Intended to improve high-altitude performance in response to the Allied bomber raids, the Dora was equipped with a powerful inline engine. This required a dramatic redesign of the entire aircraft, most visible in the greatly lengthened nose section. Pilots nicknamed the FW.190D-9 a "long-nose Dora" as the result. Easy to fly, fast, and well-armed, the D-9 was a formidable opponent and was rightly feared by Allied pilots unlucky enough to encounter it in the air.
NOTE: The FW.190D-9 will be the same as the upcoming not-yet-announced FW.190D-9 being developed for DCS:World.

The North-American P-51D Mustang is one of the most famous aircraft of all time. A true star of the American air power both in looks and performance, this amazing aircraft had humble beginnings. Offered almost as an afterthought, or perhaps a gamble, to a British purchasing commission, it started off as an underpowered, cheap, simple fighter with light armament.
However the inherent strength of the simple design really began to shine, when, a few years later, the P-51 was equipped with a new Merlin engine. The Mustang finally found its strength, and the USAAF suddenly had a great aircraft in its line-up. It was certainly needed. None of the other US fighters had the power or the range to escort heavy bombers to their targets. Losses were heavy. Morale was low. Now, the new version of the P-51 could fly all the way to Berlin and back, and fight anything the Germans could put up on equal terms.
When Hermann Goering, the chief of the German Luftwaffe, saw glimmering silver P-51s over the Nazi capital, he knew, in his own words, that "the jig was up". Now that the Americans had a fighter capable of reaching anywhere inside the Third Reich, Germans had nowhere to hide.
NOTE: The P-51 in Europe’44 will be the same as the P-51D already released for Digital Combat Simulator.  Please feel free to look into the project for more information about the quality of modeling and attention to detail that went into this aircraft. 

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