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Welcome to DCS WWII: Europe 1944, the start of an exciting new flight simulation series!
Welcome to DCS WWII: Europe 1944, the start of an exciting new flight simulation series!
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Friday February 21, 2014 Development Update – The Importance of Planning Ahead


Afternoon gentlemen!

Sorry, I was traveling back home last weekend, had to skip out on the update.

This Friday, my usual practice of selecting something to show on Friday morning proved very near-sighted. My plan to show the Bf.109 as it is in the engine came to a screeching halt. 

As DCS WWII is part of the general DCS development environment, a bug introduced on Thursday made the entire environment look off. Very off. Everything is black and shiny.

I have screenshots and I’m still not sure what’s worse, to show them or not to show them.

This is pretty normal for a development environment, that’s what keeps it less tedious and gets the developers chuckling, but I’m not sure if publicly showing silly bugs, especially someone else’s bugs, is really appropriate.

Basically, imagine the entire game world covered with black lacquer, and you’ll get the rough idea of what everything has looked like for the past two days.

Perhaps, the best solution is to keep these for now, then do a non-Friday update early next week once the bug is fixed, where we can show what the bug looked like, and what it looks like with the bug fixed and the cockpit systems working.

Other than that, the work is progressing. The two-man team making the Bf.109 are ticking off their tasks. The systems programmer is currently finishing up the FuG 16ZY implementation, and the aerodynamics programmer is doing the MW 50.

The best bit of news for this week is that the web programmer our team is sharing with a lot of other development tasks has finally jumped back onto our web interface, the work that had lay dormant for some time. He’s been doing nothing but our stuff since Monday. I’ve made some overly optimistic predictions before, so I won’t today, but the plan is to stay on the task until it’s complete and released to the public.

On the Fw 190D-9 front, we’ve hit a bit of an unexpected barrier. While we have gigabytes of original factory documents on this aircraft, as it turns out, some of the less important systems just don’t have a good enough technical description in any of the sources available to us. It was a lot easier with the P-51 because we had access to a living breathing aircraft and to the men who fly it. With the Dora, we don’t have that luxury.

We have a list of about a dozen questions on things like the circuit breaker panel and the oxygen system and info plates like deviation tables and Baumusterkartes. We need to have one last internal discussion Monday, and then we’ll probably post these publicly. Hopefully someone in the community will have some rare bit of knowledge that we don’t that will allow us to close that final tiny gap in our references.

On a final note, several of our external team members are located in Kiev, Ukraine. I’ve been to that beautiful city many times. Clean, green, always pleasant, wonderful people, great food. One of the few cities in the world I’m always glad to visit, always sad to leave. I was actually looking forward to flying down there for a couple of days this trip, and I’m absolutely crushed by the recent events. It breaks my heart to see the streets I’ve often walked on fire.

I really hope that somehow, some way, the situation will deescalate, things will come down, and people will stop dying in the streets. How incredible to even be writing these words.

Let’s all hope for a speedy resolution to this crisis.


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      =DRACO= on March 7, 2014

      I do not believe Ilya Shevchenko. Since he violated the terms of Projects. I want to return the contribution. Asked the tech support Kick. I said a staff member named Natalia that remuneration may be delayed is not known for how long. I have svyazyvatsya Ilya Shevchenko but he has two weeks did not respond to my appeal. Deceive depositors normal practice for Kick?

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      DavidRed on February 28, 2014

      honestly, didn YOU say the fw manual is finished?
      didnt YOU say that its not up to you to announce the fw release?
      honestly, only now you begin to ask questions, in a section of the ed forums where barely anbody notices them?
      would you spend ~10minutes a week to INTERACT with the community, this situation could have been avoided.but you dont give a .... about your investors do you?

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      Mysticpuma on February 25, 2014

      Great offer by you Thrud, hope you get a response? Seems a lot of questions, barely any answers?

      Re. "The best bit of news for this week is that the web programmer our team is sharing with a lot of other development tasks has finally jumped back onto our web interface, the work that had lay dormant for some time. He’s been doing nothing but our stuff since Monday."

      Sounds like at-last the rewards, paypal and news may now start to happen? Been a long time coming...too long for some :(

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      Stefano Dosso on February 24, 2014

      Well, February 2014 was an estimation of course and that's clearly specified in the rewards description here on the right, there are an undefined number factors that could affect the time schedule during the development cycle and only a small amount cold be guessed.

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      =DRACO= on February 24, 2014

      I am one of those 312 people who paid Ilya Shevchenko $ 50 something to get the alpha version in February 2014. Today, February 24, 2014. Term expires in 4 days. Nor any information about the distribution of the alpha version is still no. This is a hoax? Ilya Shevchenko is not going to give us back the money? Time to seek support in Kick?

    6. Thrud on February 23, 2014

      I have some connections/contacts at the Flying heritage Collection. They have a working Dora. They start it up every now and then but they don't fly it, too valuable. You can contact them or post he missing data and the community can contact them. They are fans of IL-2. They had 6 IL-2 1946 sim stations running yesterday there at their museum.

    7. Scott Newnham on February 22, 2014

      Thanks for the update, I hope everything works out for the people of Ukraine.

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      Iain Colledge on February 22, 2014

      I would suggest contacting Classics Hanger as he has done an epic rendition of every FW190 and Ta 152 for FSX,

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      Wes Murks on February 22, 2014

      I understand your development frustrations. I'm sure your research will uncover the necessary design cards. спасибо!

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      Reinhard Eichler on February 22, 2014

      If you plan to make a public request change "Baumusterkartes" to "Baumusterkarten" (or "Baumusterkarte" if it's only one you need) ;)

      There are still some FW190 Dx Models out there (i guess in the united states). Is there no way to contact their owners and set up a visitation of these planes?

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      Stephen Higginbotham on February 22, 2014

      Hope everything turns out for the better, What a tragedy.

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      Ross David Hunter on February 21, 2014

      That's sad news about the Ukraine.