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'Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 16, 2007 @ 6:12 p.m. PDT

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, a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and will be the flagship title of the new DCS series.

Following the success of the Flanker series and Lock On: Modern Air Combat, TFC/Eagle Dynamics 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 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

DCS: Black Shark, developed by The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics, is scheduled to ship for PC in 2008.

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