the dual hydraulics failure was only one thing. You may be happy with it, but i am not. I want the fidelity from it.
There are many things in the KA that we can't do due to broken items.
Sure if you are happy with the basics then you most likely won't take heed of the indepth items that make a simulator a simulator aside from a flight model and clickable cockpit.
But the fact remains. They are still there and will we have to pay again for them to be fixed ?
On the other issue, i have no problem with the sim moving forward. I can safely say that i think we we all want it to. However, it has moved a long way away from the core ideolgy that DCS was supposed to be a core base to where each flyable adds on.
At the moment everything is a stand alone release that may or may not tie in with all the other releases, no guarantee. This is not what was advertised or planned or advised to the public.
So, fair enough, if you only have one flyable then this route is not really an issue. Just pay to upgrade (with or without bug fixes) and all is hunky dorey.
However, if you like to have all the flyables, then you have a costly and a somewhat funky way of trying to keep all this together.
AkA, black shark version 10, with dcs version 9 with lockon version 6 with f-18 version 3 with f-18 version 4...... adnausium.
Don't get me wrong, i like the progress ED are trying to make, but unfortunately for me (a long time supporter waaaaaay back in the day well before DCS) I am not going to purchase any upgrades or any further flyables, until i understand where all this is moving to. When i find a common ground that i understand ED will take this then i will decide how many flyables i will purchase to obtain value for money and cohesion with further upgrades.
As an example. (instead of purchase all the flyables which is what i would have done). I can easily hold off an purchase the latest iteration every 4 years. Ok, i will only get multiplayer capability until next upgrade.... but hey ho... thats the price of fracturing.
Bogushead your two points are at odds with each other. Firstly you say you want very high fidelity above and beyond what any other game delivers. Then you go on to say adnauseum about how to pay for it going forward?
If you want something close to commercial/military grade you should be rejoicing they have found a way to continue the line.
It's like a subscription method but cheaper, way cheaper than iRacing or anything like that and way more detailed too.
My previous point still stands - marketing, sales, politics, packaging, version numbers are all nonsense and don't affect the sim experience. Hell they may even make it possible to improve and fix more bugs. If I have BS 10, a-10 9, FC8 it will be wonderful not "ad nauseum". You know why? Because there are 7 more titles there which means seven more flyable high fidelity experiences.
And forget the idea of having them as plugin flyables to the original DCS, that idea is gone, move on.
When you fire up the game and get in the cockpit, packaging don't mean #%&*$#.