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Old 04-25-2014, 02:01 PM   #46
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Update 36 WW2
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...4/posts/822941
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Today’s update is a small miracle.

By late night Moscow time, as we decided to take some screenshots, we realized that the game’s WIP render stopped working for everyone. Programmers responsible had already gone home hours before. I began writing an apologetic update, and then, somehow, someway, our ingenious junior aircraft programmer managed to get the game working on his machine.

So, I’m very happy to present to you the 109 in combat.

(please note that his version of the 109 has many animations not working, such as landing gear and propeller arc, and has a lot of other system stuff showing. We decided not to mess with his development environment because time is very precious)







On the development front, most of the tasks this week had to do with the cockpit and the sound. The 109 is beginning to sound very mean and very authentic. Our wonderful sound engineer also wrote an incredibly rousing theme for the 109, but I won’t be posting it just yet. The wonderful composer, talented but naïve in the ways of the world, submitted the latest version with a background sound effect of a certain historical leader reading a speech to a rousing roar. We’ll make sure it is removed of course, but this being late Friday night in Moscow, it won’t happen today.

Other than that, the tasks remaining for the 109 are, in that order: finalize and test cockpit procedures; finalize sound; DB 605 engine tuning for medium and high altitudes; finalize manual; overall testing; finalize external animations; finalize damage model visuals; finalize flight performance; create game interface.

The plan will likely change, especially in the smaller sub-tasks that I am not listing for each major step. However, the first two tasks (sound and cockpit) should complete next week, and DB 605 tuning, unless something goes horribly wrong, should take be done, well, so quickly that I cannot even force myself to write out the task duration publicly. And then, ladies and gentlemen, we’ll just need to test this here thing for serious and crash bugs for as long as it takes that to ensure they do not exist.

The biggest task for the coming days for me personally is to finish up the 109 manual. There’s not much work to be done, just write out all cockpit procedures and make sure all the buttons and checklists are correct. Shooting to have the manual finished by, oh, May 10th.

I’ll wrap this up with a couple of beaaautiful diagrams done for the 109 manual by our very talented graphic artist.




The manuals are looking very spiffy. Cannot wait to see them in print!

Have a great weekend!
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:55 PM   #47
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So, the latest scuttlebutt is that Luthier has exited from DCS:WWII (voluntarily or otherwise) and Eagle Dynamics have taken over development of the project which will now be released 'module style' like all the other DCS projects.

Task Force should not worry though, the Dora is still on guideline for release within a couple of months. Here's their current intended timeline:

August 2014 – Fw 190 D-9 Dora
October 2014 - BF-109K
December 2014- Spitfire IX
March 2015 - P-47D-28
May 2015 - Normandy Map with period AI units

Bear in mind that this is ED time (like Valve time) so it's anyones best guess, but they are intending to hold up the promises from the kickstarter campaign, and ED don't usually break their word.

Here's more information:
http://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3964292/1

Well, colour me not surprised. Luthier may have a passion for flightsims but he has no real way of translating that into an actual working flightsim without it a) being horribly broken [CLOD]or b) taken over by another party [Pacific fighters].

Still, at least it's not a total loss. And Task Force still gets his Dora.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:06 PM   #48
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Update de Julio WW2 update:
http://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?...95&postcount=1
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Dear all,

In this July 2014 update, the primary news is in regards to the restructured backer rewards. After a careful review of the older system under RRG, we found it financially unattainable. However, the restructured system still provides an excellent value for your backing contribution. For example: each aircraft will retail at $49.99; however, you will receive the item instead at only $20.00. This is in addition to other items such as the Normandy map ($20 contribution and above) and other perks as the backing contribution level rises.

We also feel this new system dramatically reduces the chance of reward delivery confusion and delays.

As software deliverables (aircraft and map keys) are ready for release, keys will be sent to backers based on their contribution level. Physical items like shirts, hats, etc. will be sent when the entire DCS: World War II: Europe 1944 project is complete per deliverable items stated in the rewards list at the bottom of this update.

Per the update last week, we are pushing hard to deliver the originally planned aircraft and assets as fast as we can. Because we have additional staff assigned to this effort, this will accelerate the process and dramatically lessen the impact on our other projects (insert: “where is my Hornet?!” comments).

Our ultimate goal is to create a unique battlefield environment within DCS World that is specifically tailored to Second World War air combat. This is a combination of the period aircraft, maps, navigation, communications, and objects that creates a total experience. DCS World is designed to encompass multiple time period and locations, and we see this as a keystone endeavor for just one slice of DCS World.

As each part of DCS: World War II: Europe 1944 is created (aircraft and map), we will release it as a unique DCS World module (like we are currently preparing DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora for). Backers will get each part based on their contribution level. When all the pieces are done, we will create a bundle package that puts them all together in a single download / boxed purchase. In other words, there will be no separate installation that runs outside of DCS World. That would defeat the primary goal of DCS World.

As we get closer to the launch of DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora in August 2014, we are working on a mechanism to provide an Alpha copy to $40 and up contributors.

DCS World War II: Europe 1944 Backer Rewards:

$1-19
Bronze Backer credit in manuals

$20
Bronze Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$40
Bronze Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual

$60
Silver Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual

$80
Silver Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual

$100
Silver Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual

$120
Gold Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual

$140
Gold Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access

$160
Gold Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product

$180
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt

$200
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar

$250
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft

$500
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
One existing aircraft skin with your name below the canopy

$1,000
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
One existing aircraft skin with your name below the canopy
One custom paint scheme for the aircraft of your choice

$2,000
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
DCS: P-51D Mustang and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Bf-109K, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Spitfire, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
DCS: Me.262, Alpha access, and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
One existing aircraft skin with your name below the canopy
One custom paint scheme for the aircraft of your choice
Your face on the pilot model of your plane of choice
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #49
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:46 PM   #50
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New Update on the WW2 list:

http://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?...08&postcount=1
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We have been listening to the good and bad feedback from yesterday’s announcement and we recognize that we made a mistake. We agree that it is not fair that someone that already purchased P-51D or Fw 190 should be forced to receive them again when there are other project aircraft they prefer. We apologize.

As such, we are in the process of redesigning the backer’s page to allow you to choose the aircraft YOU wish. You will get a number of aircraft selection slots based on your contribution level as listed in the list below.

If you earlier paid a shipping cost, it will be added to your total pledge amount.

$1-19
Bronze Backer credit in manuals

$20
Bronze Backer credit in manuals
One aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$40
Bronze Backer credit in manuals
Two aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$60
Silver Backer credit in manuals
Three aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$80
Silver Backer credit in manuals
Four aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$100
Silver Backer credit in manuals
Five aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$120
Gold Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft of choice and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map

$140
Gold Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access

$160
Gold Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product

$180
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt

$200
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar

$250
Platinum Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft

$500
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
One existing aircraft skin with your name below the canopy

$1,000
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
One existing aircraft skin with your name below the canopy
One custom paint scheme for the aircraft of your choice

$2,000
Diamond Backer credit in manuals
All aircraft and print-ready PDF manual
Normandy Map
Normandy Map Alpha access
Copy of any Eagle Dynamics developed DCS product
TFC Polo Shirt
TFC hat and calendar
Two keys for each aircraft
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:14 PM   #51
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That's wholly more sensible.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:48 AM   #52
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FAQ WW2

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=126824
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DCS WWII 1944 FAQ
What we know… just the facts.

Ok, I am writing this because so much info and answers are spread all over, as well, so much misinformation is being spread, either because people cant easily find it or cant be bothered to take the time.

At the time of the Kickstarter
RRG

RRG, led by Luthier was in sole control of management and setup of Kickstarter and Project. All creative decisions and direction were planned and executed by them

RRG stated that Kickstarter funds would be a small part of the project. Where the other funding was coming from was undisclosed.

ED

ED was partnered with RRG, supplying manpower, game core, and knowledge to the project, they were not involved with any management decisions, including planning and execution of Kickstarter.

ED was to sell keys to RRG for distribution as rewards (Its believed that this order wasn’t completed as only a small amount of people received this reward at end of the funding period for the Kickstarter)

ED developer Yo-Yo offered his services to do quality control on all FMs produced by RRG, he was also working with RRG is some form with the Spitfire as he had a unique fondness for that aircraft, but this was still and RRG project.

This brings us to the changes.
RRG

RRG became mostly unresponsive a few months back (not just with customers), the forums were getting very frustrated, everyone was getting very frustrated, info wasn’t being communicated to the level people had come to expect. Some where between the last update from them and June 7th, it was announced that significant changes had taken place with the project, both how its developed and managed.

This was described as:

Luthier was no longer involved in the project.

Luthier was contracted to continue work on helping with some of the manuals

Since the Kickstarter funds had run out, ED had been footing the bill on development.

ED decided to attempt to carry on development, hiring a number (undetermined) of the employees from RRG

Kickstarter funds covered a small amount (“drop in the bucket”) of total funds needed to successfully complete the products

The State of the project as left by RRG, as best we know.
Map: No updates had been shown for sometime, person involved had been removed from the team early on. Its believed the map is not very far along at all, and delivery date of said map backs that up. (expected May 2015 with period AI units)

Me 109K-4: We had seen many development shots of this aircraft, we assumed it to be in early Alpha (expected Oct 2014)

Spitfire IX: No progress images or videos of this one where made public, no real news at all. (stated to deliver Dec 2014)

P-47D-30: Model was in works, that’s all we were shown. (expected March 2015)

Me 262A1: Model shown in progress, no more info. (no timeline yet)

AI Only B-17G: No real info either, no timeline, but assumed it would be part of AI period units for map as stated above.

ED’s official stance on the Kickstarter funds was that they were spent on all aspects of the project, but as listed above, none were very close to being done whatsoever, the closest being the Me 109, which ED had sunk 120,000 USD of its own funds into the flight model. This did not include the model, cockpit model, cockpit systems, etc. It’s safe to assume that a DCS Module can reach well above 150,000 USD to complete.

Restructure
Due to the above costs, lack of funds and ED needing to take over the project, all aspects were reviewed.
Changes
No more separate install (this means no separate keys for one or the other)

Reward restructuring was needed as the reward structure was poorly thought out and would have been financially impossible to accomplish.

Project delivery date was changed from Sept 2014 to numerous dates over the next year or so, as described above.

At the end of the project, the entire collection could be purchased as a bundle.
The rewards were initially changed to this:
http://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?...95&postcount=1
After customer feedback they were changed to this:
http://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?...08&postcount=1
Key changes, Choice of aircraft from all 6 WWII modules. $1-$19 backers would receive $20 ED Bonus points

Clearing some misconceptions and false statements
Q: ED is taking the assets of RRG and getting nothing but profits from this, off our money right?
A: No, ED has already assumed many costs associated with the project, the fact is all the Kickstarter money was spent before ED took over. While it is true that ED has recovered, or believed to have recovered all the assets, much work is left to be done, and a rough estimate of 10-15 percent of the project is actually completed, some of which was already funded by ED

Q: ED was funding this project all along
A: No, not at all, no one knows where RRG was going to acquire the funding to satisfy its lofty goals, ED only got heavily invested when things started to go south.

Q: ED planned this, it was their goal all along to bait and switch us and give us less, isn’t that the truth.
A: As stated above, ED had no involvement in setting up the original reward structure, in fact as they took over, they were honestly shocked at how truly confusing and lofty the set up was. Again, this was because all of this was set up by RRG

Q: ED bought out RRG and all its assets right?
A: ED didn’t buy, acquire or takeover RRG. The details of how it all transferred may never be known, but what we do know is it appeared Luthier surrendered all the assets created with the Kickstarter money, and some of the employees were hired by ED to help continue the project as not to disrupt their other projects.

Q: ED’s first restructure was bad only to make the real one look good.
A: No, not at all, It was an oversight, a simple mistake, if you look at the initial reward restructure purely by the numbers it’s a great value, but it was pointed out that a number fo backers already had the P-51D and it didn’t make sense to force them to accept that as one of their rewards. Wags admitted this was a mistake publically.

Q: Why not just offer a refund?
A: Its complicated, but the short answer is this, The money was spent before ED stepped in, ED believes people want DCS WWII. They thought the best path was to make the project workable, and continue to develop it, in turn offering a realistic compromise on the reward structure

Q: Why cant you refund the money and just make the project anyways
A: This would be an incredibly hard hit to the bank roll, it would be a big enough loss that the project would have to be scrapped. They are already expected to continue to fund the project, but adding an 150,000 hit right off the start. Well its too much.

Q: It doesn’t matter, you cant give me my original rewards 100% you are supposed to refund
A: Kickstarter requires people to be upfront and communicate with their customers ED is trying to do that, even though ED didn’t enter in to this agreement, they are trying their best to make the project a reality. If it comes down to it, and they are forced into a refund, you can count on the project being scrapped. Not even the 109 could be guaranteed at this point. This isn’t a threat, its just the way it is.

Q: I am not happy with my reward structure, why cant you give me more?
A: ED did its best to make the value the best it could, while still remaining profitable. They are still a business, and they have to protect that as well. They have been very open to reviewing and making changes so far.

Just a side note on this FAQ, I requested, to Wags, to do this for the community, I know how info can be spread about in a thread and lost in the shuffle, I feel like both sides of the argument might be missing some key points.

I am going to initially leave this open for discussion, but I am warning you now, it will be moderated heavily for the back and fourth bickering. I am not an Employee of ED, I cant answer legal stuff as that has not been disclosed, so what you see above is all I know and understand. Also you may not agree with how ED is handling this, posting here your plan to fix everything will not change anything, This is where we are at.

If you feel I have missed something or you need clarification just ask, either in this thread, or by PM (preferred). This is not meant to be an update or anything new, but just to gather all the info in one location.
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