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We never really said anything.  And no one module would please 100% of our users, but we feel the Apache will bridge a lot of gaps and be quite popular. Thanks

I can't believe it, so many years waiting and finally the dream is a reality ..... My first contact with this helicopter was in 1998 with Jane's AH-64D Longbow and when DCS appeared in 2008, I always

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Apache is amazing news! Also, please tell me they’re the actual clouds that we’ll get and not for show just for the video?

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12 minutes ago, Belphe said:

 How far are you with building the module? Is it 2021 or rather "beyond"...?

 

Of course I am no ED employee but let me give you my guess on the current state of development: Negotiations with Boeing progressed far enough to be able to be confident a DCS AH-64D is viable. Research on available technical information has been made and probably maybe even support by Boeing has been agreed upon. All of this is part of development, but often overlooked.

And of what people usually consider development:

3D modelling: 1% (the current AI model available in game, as a basis for some proper, detailed modelling)

systems: 0%

flight model: 30% (some knowledge and good flight models available from other modules (looking at you, Mi8) that need re-parametrization to fit the Ah64)

 

Come on guys, it's a teaser and wonderful news for me as a rotor head. But I expect 2+ years to go by before there is anything in EA. And that is ok. This is no WWII bird with next to no systems and all data available openly. This thing is f**in' complex.

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I always hoped to get Cobra first, as I felt like they may not be inclined to do it at all, or do it way down the line if Apache comes. But honestly, I'm fine with Apache regardless. Cool helicopter, and should give us a lot to do with it.

An AH-1W or F would be a quite analogous playmate for Mi-24P but, AH-64D would be the perfect teammate with OH-58D anyway. More helos, the better, looks like we rotor-lovers have quite a few things to look forward to. Still hope we'll eventually get the Cobras too though.

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17 minutes ago, Donglr said:

Come on guys, it's a teaser and wonderful news for me as a rotor head. But I expect 2+ years to go by before there is anything in EA. And that is ok. This is no WWII bird with next to no systems and all data available openly. This thing is f**in' complex.

 

I think (hope) you're being a bit overly pessimistic with the 2+ years. Wasn't the Viper released the year they teased it in the end of year video? They've also been hinting at this for a while now, certainly if this is the 'mystery aircraft' they were talking about at the start of the year.

 

I really don't see why they would include it in the video if it was 2+ years away, just seems like it would be a stupid thing to do. They didn't do it with the Hind.

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Well, that depends when they decide put it in EA. Viper, in many peoples' opinion, came out far too early. I didn't get it at release (though fairly close, the pandemic sale had a 50% discount that modules this new usually don't get and I couldn't resist 🙂), but even when I did, it was barely good for anything. It's better now, but it'll be a while before it's there. 

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Got goosebumps when I saw the gun. I'm no rotohead so far. I guess this will change. Gunship on C-64 was my first "sim". Great announcement and Hollywood style introduced.

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1 hour ago, Chaz said:

20+ years ago, so many hours in Jane's Longbow/LB2... it has come full circle.  The stars are re-aligning. Thank you Eagle Dynamics.

Yes, I remember Jane's Longbow/LB2 very well,  still have those disc 🙂. This will be a welcome addition for the rotor heads and a real game changer.


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I am sure this will make a lot of people happy, this is clearly one of the remaining "big ones" of 90s sim fame. Personally I feel pretty indifferent about it, another flying computer. I had hopes that it would at least have been a steam gauges AH-64A.

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This makes it five EA products. It will more than likely be the helo version of the Hornet/Viper release debacle just this time it will be Hind/Apache.  They didn't even wait until the Hind's release like they did with the Hornet.


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38 minutes ago, LooseSeal said:

 

I think (hope) you're being a bit overly pessimistic with the 2+ years. Wasn't the Viper released the year they teased it in the end of year video? They've also been hinting at this for a while now, certainly if this is the 'mystery aircraft' they were talking about at the start of the year.

 

I really don't see why they would include it in the video if it was 2+ years away, just seems like it would be a stupid thing to do. They didn't do it with the Hind.

True it was, BUT look at the state of the viper on release.   It was rushed out far to early.

 

personally I say let’s give them the time, no moaning, no pestering, no calls for release now when they show it off in vids.   Let’s just sit back and wait, I have to agree I do expect 2 years ish myself. 
 

but so long as it’s done right, I don’t care.

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1 hour ago, falcon_120 said:

So, question for those who may know. Can the AH64 be operated from the pilot position? Obviusly much better with a copilot but i'm interested to know

No you can't. You operate pretty much of your sensors through the large TADS display only available in Copilot's cockpit


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AH-64x is a day one pre-order for me.  been flying some form of the Apache since Micorprose(R) Gunship, Gunship 2000, Jane's Longbow, and longbow 2.  Got the Ka-50 in 2008 and remember when the AH-64A was part of planned releases way back when.

 

One question.  Is there official conformation o that it is the AJH-64 AND that it is the D besides the video.  Did ED state somewhere that the video would announce the "secret" module?

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It's been a couple of hours. I can't believe this hasn't blown up yet!

 

Early Access being what it is means that a truly functional version is still a long way off. So, I'm tempering my excitement. But, it's great to know that it's in the pipe!

 

Keep pushing that bar ED! Make the magic happen! 🙂

 

Still holding out hope for a Whiskey Cobra one day and the I-can't-believe-they-haven't-done-it-yet P-38J. However, seeing the Apache really does take the sting out of the other two 😉


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53 minutes ago, Thump said:

This makes it five EA products. It will more than likely be the helo version of the Hornet/Viper release debacle just this time it will be Hind/Apache.  They didn't even wait until the Hind's release like they did with the Hornet.

 

While true, I tend to look at it as I have something  to fly.  Do they have issues?  Yes!  Did I pay a beta?  Yes.  Does that make me a ED/DCS "fanboy"  Who knows, I AM a fanboy of flight sims PERIOD.  DCS, X-Plane 11, Battle of Stalingrad, Flying Circus, MSFS 202, and Falcon 4 BMS.  Does this mean I'm a good pilot?  Oh h#$l no!


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For me DCS means: fly something as realistically as you haven't done before. An ED-quality Longbow will certainly be a great challenge and for sure extending my experiences by a huge amount. Day one pre order for me. Have a lot of respect for the efforts and learning curve this beast will demand though. 2 guys VR in a Longbow. ED, you create dreams. Thanks for that!

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While true, I tend to look at it as I have something  to fly.  Do they have issues?  Yes!  Did I pay a beta?  Yes.  Does that make me a ED/DCS "fanboy"  Who knows, I AM a fanboy of flight sims PERIOD.  DCS, X-Plane 11, Battle of Stalingrad, Flying Circus, MSFS 202, and Falcon 4 BMS.  Does this mean I'm a good pilot?  Oh h#$l no!

 

 

By no means is it an indictment of those who want to buy into their EA process.  I've bought the Hornet and A-10C II, so throwing stones would only shatter my own house.  It is my expectation as to the probable quality of both the Hind and Apache at release and how long it will be until meaningful progress will be made.  If the Hornet/Viper have taught us anything (along with weather and ATC systems, FY2016 promises), these will release severely underbaked (invulnerable Viper) and progress will be even slower than is currently being made (Hog 2.0 ARC-210 nowhere in sight afaik).  

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So are you the only two that saw that Apache at the end of the video?

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No you can't. You operate pretty much of your sensors through the large TADS display only available in Copilot's cockpit
Thanks! It will be interesting to see if it will have some kind of jester or autopilot allowing to stay for example in a hover while employing weapons

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48 minutes ago, falcon_120 said:

Thanks! It will be interesting to see if it will have some kind of jester or autopilot allowing to stay for example in a hover while employing weapons

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That and this will be another great opportunity for VAICOM to develop an extension for the Apache like they did for the F-14 AI RIO.

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1 hour ago, Thump said:

 

By no means is it an indictment of those who want to buy into their EA process.  I've bought the Hornet and A-10C II, so throwing stones would only shatter my own house.  It is my expectation as to the probable quality of both the Hind and Apache at release and how long it will be until meaningful progress will be made.  If the Hornet/Viper have taught us anything (along with weather and ATC systems, FY2016 promises), these will release severely underbaked (invulnerable Viper) and progress will be even slower than is currently being made (Hog 2.0 ARC-210 nowhere in sight afaik).  

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