Not sure why you are asking me - I'm only a tester
Myself, I'll wait for EDs current DC plans to mature.
You realize for those of us flying ED sims since Flanker 1 we don't honestly believe that. After 15 years, I don't think we should be expected to wait any longer. Now if you're saying they didn't have any REAL DC plans until very recently, and therefore they were lying about making a DC earlier, that's different. Or if you're saying they've made and repeatedly abandoned plans over the past 15 years, that's again something different.
I remember VERY well the pre-LOMAC release discussions about the DC for it. The promise was it would be post-release, or part of an addon like the Flanker 2.5's MiG-29K was. Then it was going to be that other guy making a "plug in" DC for extra money IIRC. Years passed and that plan just evaporated.
When Black Shark was announced and the existence of a DC was denied for it, I threw in the towel. I no longer ask about it. I don't pine for it. I accept ED won't do it. For whatever reason, their vision of how to do a DC is unattainable for them. Others have done it, including Thirdwire (which is done by ONE man), but I guess in typical DCS style they have a massive plan they want to do and if they can't manage THAT then they're not doing it at all. Fine, whatever. If one appears, great. I have ZERO anticipation for it at this point.
I think the phrase is "left money on the table". That's what ED has done IMO for the past 10 years. DCS has its place, but it's not what a majority of simmers want. Majority of HARDCORE simmers, maybe, but like all gaming genres there are more casual ones (who also are rarely vocal but do speak with their money) than hardcore ones. Where they would've done better is expanding Flaming Cliffs.
I thought LOMAC/Flaming Cliffs was perfect. The perfect blend between fidelity, realism, and fun. A-10C and even BS can get a bit daunting at times with the workload. Even the Su-25T can be a bear in complex combat situations. The F-15C, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-29, A-10A...they were just FUN to fly. If you have 30 mins, you can get something done in LOMAC. Not in DCS, good luck even getting to your target in that amount of time.
FC2 being "FC1 with the 1.13 patch in the DCS terrain with BS MP ability" was IMO a shot too low. Maybe it was all they could manage at the time, but FC3 being FC2 for DCS World REALLY sounds too low. Sure, I want FC in DCS World, and I'll likely buy it (despite having bought LOMAC, FC1, AND FC2) even if it's indeed nothing more than "FC2 for DCS World". But I think each new FC release should've added more flyable planes. F-15E, F/A-18, F-16, F-14, MiG-31, ANYTHING. The LOMAC level was fine and I think it would've sold great and not scared people off for being too hard.
Unfortunately, that's the downside to the 3rd party devs being allowed into DCS. Now that they can all do it, one plane at a time
, we'll be charged for each plane we want at a higher fidelity than most really need. ED won't be expanding the FC line. I think releasing sets of planes at a lower fidelity that integrate together, like Thirdwire does with SF2 titles, would've been great. I mean, that's what CA is...FC for ground units.
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