Eagle Dynamics’ DCS World 2.5

Back in late 2015, DCS World fractured into two separate installs with the release of DCS World 2.0 Alpha.

Never one to rest, Eagle Dynamics quickly released a Chinese asset update created by Deka Ironworks Simulations that brought the J-11 Shenyang variant of the Su-27 to owners of Flaming Cliffs 3 or the Su-27 standalone module. The update also adds several AI aircraft, ground and navy units fielded by China.

 The necessary version split came as Eagle Dynamics moved towards updating the foundation of the sim with a new terrain engine, graphics and lighting, environmental effects and a wide array of other ‘under the hood’ improvements. The release of 2.0 Alpha was an exciting step forward for DCS World and over the following two years the separate branches (1.5.x and 2.0.x) would march forward at different paces with the single common projected intersection culminating in DCS World 2.5. For fans of DCS World, the process of managing multiple installs, keeping up with releases and figuring out compatibility was sometimes more difficult than learning to fly a fully modelled attack aircraft. Earlier this year, to the great relief of the DCS World Bcommunity, Eagle Dynamics crossed the finish line of another phase of its evolution and embarked on support and advancement of the combined 1.5 and 2.0 with the release of DCS World 2.5. Widely referred to as ‘The Merge’, the release has been heralded as the biggest step forward for the franchise since inception.

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