It's already been said over at the ED forums that this initial plane will be the test phase to gauge response to the Legendary Aircraft concept. If it proves popular we may get that dedicated WW2 scenario.
Aye, that's the rub.
See if I knew it definitely WAS coming, I'd have no problem getting it on release and learning the plane so that when the later WWII-era stuff came out I'd be ready to jump in. I just don't know if that's a wise bet.
I mean, I'll be honest when I say that's what Flanker 1 was. I learned to fly the plane and do some AA and AG combat, but I really didn't do much until Flanker 2 when it seemed they'd really got the product where it needed to be. So my Flanker 1 purchase was a sort of investment in Flanker 2's development. However, if Flanker 2 had not happened and ED had folded back in 1996 or so, then I would've considered Flanker 1 overpriced for what I got out of it...a dozen or so hours of free flight with a little combat that never quite jelled for me.
Likewise I grabbed Black Shark just as much for the investment in later releases as interest in the Ka-50 itself, which was never that great. I've got over 100 hrs in it now, and would've thought it a great buy even if FC2 and A-10C had never happened, but if I'd thought it was a one-off I might not have ever bothered.
So if P-51D is indeed a "preview" of ED's WWII line, I'm in. If it turns out to be a dead-end that never goes anywhere beyond the current DCS line-up, I'm not so sure. A bit like buying a hydrogen-powered car in the hopes that fueling stations will be prevalent enough in the near future to make it feasible.
The Jedi Master