DC Designs had a very good year in 2021, with a series of notable releases for MSFS that have fulfilled many childhood dreams of fighter jet fanatics. The F-14, F-15, and F-16 (from sister studio SC Designs) were popular choices from many simmers looking for fast and accessible airplanes for MSFS. Now that 2021 is coming to an end, DC Designs revealed what’s in store for us in the next year… and there are some pretty cool choices to be excited about!
The first thing to note is that the Concorde, whose development we have been following for months, is currently expected to be out by late February. It’s now nearing the final stages of development, as the internal and external model is being brought up to decent MSFS standards and the systems are being programmed.
Speaking of 3D modeling, the developer states that this is something he is looking to significantly improve in the next year. DC Designs’ products are often rated as average when it comes to visuals, something that has been done on purpose by the developer, who has looked to deliver well-optimized and fast-performing airplanes. With the modern graphics engine in MSFS, DC Designs has now decided that the visual quality can be improved with minimal performance impact, so future products will benefit from better details and textures, for an overall better look. As a nice bonus, previous products will also get a free update with improved aesthetics.
While this is decidedly good news, the more exciting stuff is reserved for the new product announcements. Besides the aforementioned planned release of the Concorde in February, DC Designs has a number of truly spectacular airplanes that are already in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator. These include the AV-8B Harrier II, the SU-27 Flanker, the A-10C “Warthog”, and the P-47 Thunderbolt! There’s also the freeware P-61B Black Widow, a sort of side-project that was already announced a few months back. The last two may or may not be coming in 2022, but DC Designs appears confident that the Harrier, the SU-27, and the Warthog will certainly be out during the year.
Together with the unveiling of this exciting roadmap for 2022, DC Designs shared the first few images of some of these airplanes. The SU-27 and the A-10C Warthog look particularly striking at this point, while the Harrier is clearly in an early stage of its 3D modeling and texturing (but it will be STOL and VTOL-capable).
So, 2022 is looking to be a great new year for DC Designs, following the successes of 2021 with some awesome new airplanes. And with the promised improvement in visual quality, customers will surely be happier than ever to shell out some cash for DC Designs. Those looking for more complex systems than what they have been getting from DC Designs will, unfortunately, be left disappointed: the developer isn’t planning on changing much on that front. New products will continue to sport relatively accurate flight dynamics, backed by an “accessible” simulation of the fundamental systems.