The Fighter Collection and the Eagle Dynamics development studio will release the new benchmark in PC air combat simulation in 2008 with the release of Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark. DCS: Black Shark is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and will be the flagship title of the new DCS series.
Following the Flanker series and Lock On: Modern Air Combat, TFC/Eagle Dynamic’s DCS will shift the focus to introducing one aircraft at a time at an incredible level of detail that is unmatched by any PC flight simulation. Following the Ka-50 “Black Shark”, TFC/Eagle Dynamics will introduce additional aircraft modules to the DCS world like the A-10A “Warthog”, AH-64A “Apache”, and other aircraft at the same exacting level of detail. Each of these aircraft will be available in retail and online and can be purchased as stand-alone simulations or integrated with other modules. It will also be possible to purchase each aircraft as an add-on at a reduced price for consumers that have already purchased a DCS module.
Features of the DCS include:
- Advanced helicopter and ground force AI that creates a realistic combat environment
- Detailed modeling of 330,000 sq km of the western Caucasus region
- Twice the ground detail of previous TFC/Eagle Dynamics simulations
- Head-to-head and cooperative multiplayer
- Powerful mission editor with advanced scripting capability
- Campaign system with a moving front line that depends on mission results
The first aircraft to be included in the DCS world will be the Ka-50 attack helicopter. The Ka-50, like later DCS add-on aircraft, will feature:
- Highly-detailed six degrees of freedom cockpit
- Unrivalled flight physics system
- Realistic damage model and system cascade affect
- Mouse-clickable cockpit
- Detailed modeling and control of engine, fuel, hydraulics, electrical, navigation, radio, fire suppression, sensor, and weapon systems (casual game play modes also available)
- Advanced weapon physics for missiles, rockets and cannon rounds including ricochets
Internally developed by The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics, DCS: Black Shark is scheduled to ship for Windows PC in 2008. The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment, serious game and military markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe's largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the UK.