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    DCS Mi-8 is 7 years now, time for an update ?

    It has been constantly updated and improved already, system wise and features as well at least.


    But 3D model and textures are starting to show their age and creates a big gap with industry current extreme high level of visual fidelity ( latest modules released and WiPs shots of the Mi-24 are simply mind blowing with higher polygon meshes, PBR materials, 4K, better normal maps, even the soldering marks of the windshield frames are accurately rendered ... )


    I hope the Mi-8 and Huey are the next ones to get such love by Eagle dynamics, now Belsimtek merged together.


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    #2
    Fine, if you'd be willing to pay for them. All substantial upgrades will be DLC, due to the work and expenditure involved.
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      #3
      IMO, PBR implementation in Cockpit and External model are a must (not paid update).

      Better quality Normal map for exterior and cockpit Normal map implementation would be also a nice update.

      About the external model of Mi-8, I still think it is of very high quality even for today's standards.

      For the cockpit, some VR users have complained that "looks not so good", still, for me, it is fine. Better than Hueys, for sure.

      Any Cockpit update (+ bombsight implementation for copilot) would be very welcome, as soon as it does not come with a big performance drop...

      If the external model is updated in the future, the possibility of removing Dust Filters and IR Jammer (plus no weapon controls in the cockpit) with extra checkboxes in ME, would be very welcome also. :]
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        #4
        As I understand it, to prepare for Vulkan will require an overhaul of most of the old aircraft, which is why I believe we’ve seen updates to the A10 and Ka50. So whilst not announced, I think that it’s almost certainly in the pipeline
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          #5
          Originally posted by Grajo View Post
          Any Cockpit update (+ bombsight implementation for copilot) would be very welcome, as soon as it does not come with a big performance drop...

          If the external model is updated in the future, the possibility of removing Dust Filters and IR Jammer (plus no weapon controls in the cockpit) with extra checkboxes in ME, would be very welcome also. :]
          I think they could add that in the radio menu, like the JF-17 does with the AAR probe.

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            #6
            They could at least fix the broken shadows in the cockpit, sun shining through the roof and rear wall. Older ED models are still not fully updated to current DCS rendering.

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              #7
              I can pay for some new features like;

              * visible troops inside
              * different interiors like civilian, ambulance, vip, cargo etc
              * firefight with bambi bucket
              * vinch ops for sar
              * fast rope deploying
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                #8
                Originally posted by ebabil View Post
                I can pay for some new features like;

                * visible troops inside
                * different interiors like civilian, ambulance, vip, cargo etc
                * firefight with bambi bucket
                * vinch ops for sar
                * fast rope deploying
                Totally agree, would love to see a "realistic helicopter ops" module.
                Full fidelity su27/mig29 ?

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                  #9
                  I have a high estimate of the work done so far, I don't want to be misunderstood but updating the modules has a return on sales already. I don't understand the answer like: "updating is expensive, we will do it only if you are willing to pay". When the older modules are no longer purchased or have a low sale then you will realize that it was better to update them. Take your time, do the things that are most urgent but when you find a moment of peace do some updates.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ebabil View Post
                    I can pay for some new features like;

                    * visible troops inside
                    * different interiors like civilian, ambulance, vip, cargo etc
                    * firefight with bambi bucket
                    * vinch ops for sar
                    * fast rope deploying
                    Agree, would also happily pay for a comprehensive heli-ops DLC module.
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                      #11
                      I've been asking for the bombing sight like a petulant child since day one. I'd still love to see this happening
                      With the Mi-8's ability to carry a good number of bombs, accurate bombing would be quite likely and I'd start going out more often for some bombing runs. Probably others too.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Alpenwolf View Post
                        I've been asking for the bombing sight like a petulant child since day one.....

                        After 7 years, it's probably a good idea to make peace with the fact you are never going to see one then.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ebabil View Post
                          I can pay for some new features like;

                          * visible troops inside
                          * different interiors like civilian, ambulance, vip, cargo etc
                          * firefight with bambi bucket
                          * vinch ops for sar
                          * fast rope deploying

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ebabil View Post
                            I can pay for some new features like;

                            * visible troops inside
                            * different interiors like civilian, ambulance, vip, cargo etc
                            * firefight with bambi bucket
                            * vinch ops for sar
                            * fast rope deploying
                            +1


                            And yeah while not as ugly as the old Ka-50 in my opinion this is the next one in line for an updated model.

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                              #15
                              you are never going to see one then
                              Oh, you may well see it yet. As a component / subsystem of a DLC package, that is.
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                                #16
                                Upgraded visuals and whatnot would be nice, but...

                                ... first things first - does any one have an idea (or found on RU section of the forum) what the new special options for the Mi-8 do? Clearly they added something to that module, but without explanation (unless they updated the manual as well, can't check it now).
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Art-J View Post
                                  Upgraded visuals and whatnot would be nice, but...

                                  ... first things first - does any one have an idea (or found on RU section of the forum) what the new special options for the Mi-8 do? Clearly they added something to that module, but without explanation (unless they updated the manual as well, can't check it now).
                                  What option?

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                                    #18
                                    Last two options:

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by danvac View Post
                                      Last two options:

                                      interesting, never noticed those.
                                      AP altitude hold ability to compensate within a range of collective movement???

                                      I like the idea of a paid visual upgrade coming with more ability within the module.... I like that alot. it would clear the way for future choppers as standard and for free.
                                      Troops in the cabin, open pit door to cabin, winch operations from the side door, fire bucket you say now?
                                      I would probably love putting out fires in this girl.

                                      Troops all leaning out an opening and letting rip with their weapons? that would be loud and proud in the Huey.
                                      Medivac would be cool.
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                                        #20
                                        SAR missions with a winch would be welcomed. same thing for troops inside. would be nicer to see troops dissappear just outside the door when mounting and unmounting. and then of course see them sitting in.

                                        for SAR missions it would be nice have the diver as well if so required.

                                        Cargo inside cabin could be fun too, so you see boxes and bags there. So not just outside roping transporting.

                                        And can we please get the ejected pilots activate their emergency beacons to what we can tune our rescue radios? Would be nice that it wouldn't demand any extra work from mission designer or server host to get ejected pilots be found by beacons.

                                        All updates are welcomed, especially missing ones like windshield wipers to become useful...
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