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Old 06-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Welcome to DCS: Combined Arms


DCS: Combined Arms gives you control of ground forces during the battle. Use the strategic Command Map to move ground forces, set artillery fire missions, and control the ground battle. Assume the role of a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and designate targets for close air support aircraft, or directly control an armor vehicle or air defense weapons and engage enemy forces.

Play DCS: Combined Arms as a real time strategy game, a first person armor warfare simulation, or direct the ground battle from the cockpit of a DCS aircraft like the A-10C Warthog, Ka-50 Black Shark, or P-51D Mustang.

DCS: Combined Arms supports both single player and multiplayer gameplay. When in multiplayer, different players can take on different roles such as artillery commanders, tank commanders, pilots, JTACS, etc. DCS: Combined Arms allows you full control of the battle. All roles can be changed dynamically during the battle.

Command Roles

A new function that Combined Arms introduces is the ability to set ground command roles and the number of players that can take each role (for multiplayer). Roles include:

• Ground Commanders that control all types of friendly ground forces.
• JTACs that provide unique features to designate ground targets for close air support.
• Game Masters that see and control all units from both sides.
• Observers that can view all of the action, but not direct any units.

Mission designers can choose which of these roles to include in a mission and how many multiplayer slots for each one.

In addition to the ground command roles, players can also direct ground forces from the cockpit of their DCS aircraft.

Command Map

The Command Map is the strategic interface that allows you to move ground forces, set formations and Rules of Engagement (ROE), plan indirect fire missions (artillery and rocket launchers), and view all friendly forces and detected hostile forces.

The Command Map uses Fog of War and will only display hostile units that are first detected by friendly forces. This makes reconnaissance essential in Combined Arms.

When routing ground forces, you can either set multiple waypoints to reach an end destination, or command units to follow roads.

The Command Map allows Combined Arms to be played as a Real Time Strategy (RTS) title.

1st Person Unit Command

For those that want to participate in the ground battles from a 1st person point of view, players can select most friendly ground units (most armor and visually guided air defense systems) from the Command Map, press the Command Unit button, and occupy that unit in the 3D world. Tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft artillery, and short-range SAMs can all be controlled. Many vehicles have multiple types of weapons like machine guns, main tank guns, and anti-tank guided missiles; all of which can be controlled.

When in a 1st person command view, the player can also order the other ground units in their group to specific locations.


The Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) is an important role on the multiplayer battlefield, allowing JTAC players to designate targets for players in DCS aircraft. Using the binocular view, JTACs can use night vision goggles, thermal viewers, laser range finders, laser designators with programmable laser codes, IR pointer, and colored smoke to mark targets. The JTAC can be a true force multiplier.

Single Player and Multiplayer

Combined Arms can be played in both single player and multiplayer modes. In single player mode, players can choose to play missions solely from the ground command point of view, or they can choose to fight the battle from the cockpit and direct ground forces as needed. No more do you need to rely on the AI ground forces to make the right choices.

When in multiplayer, Combined Arms really shines. Both cooperative and head-to-head missions can be played with at least 32 players occupying various ground command and aircraft command roles. The true digital battlefield realized.

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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A few images captured from a test battle I ran today.

Development work and testing continues on CA and we still hope to release by the end of June. If not, we were simply unable to resolve one or more critical bugs... like stability. We are doing our best to release the pre-purchase as soon as we can.

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