Acclaimer third-party DCS World developer Heatblur has provided a development update for its upcoming F-4E Phantom and Eurofighter Typhoon modules.
We hear that, while the developer did not manage to deliver the Phantom (which was featured in the latest trailer by Eagle Dynamics) to the DCS World crowd in 2022, they're now very close to the completion of all major elements including flight model, radar, weapons systems, and other major key systems.
The developer has invested heavily in its next-generation platform and framework that is designed to enable "faster future development, intrinsic multithreading, more dependable multicrew synchronization, far less of a maintenance burden, and new standardized features such as wear & tear, aircraft persistence, mass dynamics, and far more."
They're also planning JESTER v2, a complete overhaul of their JESTER AI system that will "enable faster AI development and developer ease of use for integration in future aircraft such as the A-6."
Speaking of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the developers continue to lay the foundation for the project by applying their next-generation framework.
"Soon, the majority of the work will remain in high level parts: radar, weapons systems, displays and flight control systems- all leaning and benefitting from the completed next generation core. As an incredibly complex aircraft and project, the Eurofighter will be a litmus test for our team to ensure quality and accuracy while avoiding excessive technical debt."
As a result, we can expect a lot more development progress on the aircraft in 2023 as Heatblur begins to approach the early access release and feature completion.
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If you're unfamiliar with Heatblur, it's one of the most beloved third-party module developers for DCS World, known for the extremely popular F-14 Tomcat and unique Saab 37 Viggen. Incidentally, the developer is working on updating both modules including the F-14A with the goal of removing the "Early Access" tags.