Typical ED (read Matt Wagner) hype. Mostly BS. ED again
got people to buy the mostly unfinished F-18 early and now they're alluding to the F-16?!!! I guarantee you that module has only a rudimentary flight model. Look at how much is done on the Hornet, which we've know about for how long? Matt Wagner rocks when it comes to hype (read: bull pucky) of his products. Everyone is excited yet there's just so much not
there in DCS:World that ED would even be able to compare to BMS (which I'm not a fan of). But say what you like WORLD is still sterile as hell and ED has been relying on it's fans to release missions/campaigns. And some we are so fortunate that we have to pay for them. Mark my words, Matt's alluding to a semi or dynamic campaign engine won't be seen for at least 4 years. The Hornet won't be complete for another year to year and a half. Don't believe me, look at the A-10C timeline. And if you still want to doubt me look at that wonderful Hawk that y'all paid in advance for that aren't going to be able to use any longer. Yeah yeah, blame VEAO but having been on a mod team that was picked up by ED (in which Matt made them fire me) and subsequently ED didn't produce the goods to make the module. You may remember the SIMMOD A-10A project, I skinned that beast. So you see, blame lies directly
on the developer in all these instances. I haven't flown in a year and a half, still waiting for ED to fix 1) the missile logic (that's been 10 years they've been promising) 2) waiting for them to produce a first line fast mover. However, I still check the screenshots on ED's site, I love to watch the fan movies (some are absolutely amazing) yet with all the eye candy and atmospherics it's the same 'ol same 'ol when it comes to WORLD. The AI still cheats. AMRAAM only gets high percentage kills WVR. And the whole gamut of the same #%&*$# that we've been putting up with for all these years.
I will give ED some
credit. At least they've updated the mission editor so that a semblance of a real mission package or campaign could be created. Back in the day I created a bunch of stuff. But it's now gotten so complicated that only some of the smartest guys in the community even understand it. Grimes is in my squadron but when he'd be on comms explaining how some of the triggers worked most of us had our eyes glaze over. That being said I'm glad someone as bright as Grimes has offered his incredible talent to make WORLD a better place.
We're going to continue to see hype about new aircraft, it will continue to be early "alpha" (code word for broken and unfinished) and ED will have GA make some kickass trailer for it that will have the less jaded (notice I was nice and didn't say noobified
) that will go out and purchase again. ED is
losing early purchasers though. When A-10C came out we had 10 or so bought it right away. I believe only 2 of us have F-18C. And TBH, I've got more faith in the Tomcat being completed before the Hornet. I also don't expect any kind of deck crew interaction like we've seen in other sims for quite some time. ED doesn't have the talent to rip these modules out quicker so they have to use the hype to keep this sim in people's minds. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hoping for ED to fail. I see what they're trying to do. I want to see them do it. Before I get old and can't see my computer screen clearly.............