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« on: November 17, 2009, 08:35:46 pm »

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THE FIGHTER COLLECTION AND EAGLE DYNAMICS TO RELEASE LOCK ON: FLAMING CLIFFS 2.0 UPGRADE

DUXFORD, UK, November 17, 2009 – The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics will release Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 in early 2010. This will be an upgrade to the unofficial Lock On: Flaming Cliffs add-on. Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 will feature all the flyable aircraft of Lock On: Flaming Cliffs and include several fan-requested upgrades to aircraft, sensor, and weapon systems. Lock On: Flaming Cliffs combines a large stable of modern U.S. and Russian aircraft to fly over Russia and Georgia with game play for both casual and hardcore flight simulation enthusiasts.

Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 will feature the same world environment and game functionality as the Digital Combat Simulation (DCS) series and will be online compatible with the Ka-50 attack helicopter simulation DCS: Black Shark http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com. Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 will allow Lock On pilots and Black Shark pilots to now fly online together in both cooperative and head-to-head online play.

The Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 upgrade for owners of Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 1.12 will be available for sale as a download from the Eagle Dynamics Lock On web site for $14.99 USD. http://lockon.co.uk/. The upgrade will first be released in English and Russian with French, German, and Spanish versions to follow.

By using the DCS environment, Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 users will have improved terrain, mission editor, AI flight models, 3D objects, artificial intelligence (AI), and multiplayer. The aircraft of Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0 will include:

• Su-25 (new 3D model)
• Su-25T
• A-10A
• Su-27
• Su-33
• MiG-29A
• MiG-29C
• F-15C

Flaming Cliffs 2.0 Upgrade FAQ

Q: What new features does the Flaming Cliffs 2.0 upgrade add?
A: The following features are added:
- Runs under DirectX 9C
- Improved Mission Editor with trigger system
- New terrain area to include much of Georgia. This will be same map as used in DCS: Blacks Shark. As such the Crimea has been replaced with the addition of Georgia.
- More detailed terrain to include more ground objects, larger forests, and higher resolution elevation data
- Improved clouds
- High resolution airfield textures
- Improved multiplayer system with embedded game browser
- More robust online cheating prevention
- New and improved menu system
- Numerous new, highly detailed ground units including infantry
- Improved flight performance for player-controlled aircraft
- Improved flight models for all artificial intelligence (AI) controlled aircraft
- New, more realistic G-tolerance modeling
- Limited 6 DOF cockpits that move up, down and sideways according to maneuvering
- New and highly-detailed Su-25 model
- Advanced ballistics are implemented for all flyable aircraft, including ricochets of AP rounds
- F-15C locked target IFF indication
- More realistic ranges, seeker guidance and fuzes for air-to-air missiles
- More realistic electronic countermeasure operation and performance
- New and improved sound engine
- New radio message voice-overs

Q: Will my Flaming Cliffs 1.12 missions work with Flaming Cliffs 2.0?
A: Due to a change in the world location and mission editor, they will not. However, when installing the upgrade you have the option to create both Flaming Cliffs 1.12 and Flaming Cliffs 2.0 parallel installs. Flaming Cliffs 1.12 and the upgraded Flaming Cliffs 2.0 will not be online compatible.

Q: Will Flaming Cliffs 2.0 and DCS: Black Shark be online compatible?
A: Yes! You will now be able to fly head-to-head and cooperatively with players flying the Ka-50.

Q: Is a player flyable Ka-50 included in Flaming Cliffs 2.0?
A: No. To fly the Ka-50 you must own DCS: Black Shark. However, AI-controlled Ka-50 helicopters are included in Flaming Cliffs 2.0.

Q: What mission content will be included in Flaming Cliffs 2.0?
A: Each aircraft will have several new single missions and new Su-25 and A-10A campaigns will be included.

Q: Will new documents be provided?
A: Yes. A new Flaming Cliffs manual will be provided as well as a new Install Guide.

Q: Will 3rd party modifications created for Flaming Cliffs 1.12 work in Flaming Cliffs 2.0?
A: Yes, in most cases. However, some minor modifications made need to be made for 3rd party-created aircraft.

Q: What operating systems will be supported?
A: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Q: What copy protection will be used?
A: StarForce online activation (only) will be used. Based on the success of DCS: Black Shark protection, we feel this provides the best compromise of user-friendliness and protection of property. Unlike the reported hardware problems reported with an earlier version of StarForce applied to the original Flaming Cliffs, no such issues have been reported with the current online activation method that does not install any drivers to the user’s computer.

Q: When will Flaming Cliffs 2.0 be available?
A: We plan to make the upgrade available for download from the Eagle Dynamics website in January 2010. http://lockon.co.uk/

Q: How much will this upgrade cost?
A: $14.99 USD
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 08:53:32 pm »

Ah, you beat me Tailhook Wink

I'm looking forward to the release but damn i'm happy the upgrade is not released right now, 3 weeks before VFAT  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 01:53:00 am »

Yeah, looking forward too ...

Getting exited by all specs given  Smiley
The best and most  Cool looking flightsimulator game is even going to step on to the next level  Grin

But why o why don't THE FIGHTER COLLECTION AND EAGLE DYNAMICS  present a new western fighter instead of updating the Su25 model ?
I think that would make it even more ... A MUST HAVE 

Greetz,"Wine".
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 02:14:44 am »

I think because LockOn is not in development anymore. What they want with this update is make it compatible with DCS series untill they have the advanced flight models (modules) ready including the Lockon flyables.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 03:10:05 am »

Quote from: Wags

Q: How much will this upgrade cost?
A: $14.99 USD
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that should be free, i already pay for Lock On FC , in all the other sims are free like on il2 you have a lot of upgrades for free.

however looks good.

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 03:36:47 am »

You have a point there though it's not that much money so i'm not really bothered by that.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 05:35:50 am »

I'll happily pay $14.99 USD for this to help our "starved" genre. ED needs our support... (just as we need theirs)!

I'm looking forward to the release but damn i'm happy the upgrade is not released right now, 3 weeks before VFAT  Grin

Great news for the start of 2010!!! ...but I agree, I'm glad it comes after VFAT! Wink (Remember, the year when Ventrilo was updated both server and clients a few days before VFAT... this could have been like that only ten times worse... LOL).
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 09:48:07 am »

I'll happily pay $14.99 USD for this to help our "starved" genre. ED needs our support... (just as we need theirs)!


Agree!
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 11:52:32 pm »

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What they want with this update is make it compatible with DCS series untill they have the advanced flight models (modules) ready including the Lockon flyables

You are totaly right Frazer and I don't mind also, paying for the updates !

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2009, 05:46:22 pm »

Awesome news Grin
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2009, 06:35:37 pm »

Jack from the Virtual Falcons just sent me following youtube video about TBS (The Battle Simulator)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8XBx0lttB0&feature=player_embedded
Website:
http://www.thebattlesim.com/

Lock On + DCS + some other game.  Shocked

(Sorry for slightly beeing off topic but i think this fits in this theard)
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2009, 09:37:39 pm »

AFAIK, this TBS is for military purposes only, and probably won't be released to us  Cry

For me, the main thing on this Lock On 2.0 is that AI aircraft will have their Flight Models tuned. So, basically, in VFAT 2010 we'll probably see real F-16, F-5, F/A-18, Mirage 2000 and etc. performing, instead of 3D models over the default flight models.

Imagine that! You put that beutiful model over the default plane, go to MeInit, change HumanCockpit to yes and done!! Man, I'll finally have some real fun with the F-5E  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2009, 09:44:15 pm »

So, basically, in VFAT 2010 we'll probably see real F-16, F-5, F/A-18, Mirage 2000 and etc. performing, instead of 3D models over the default flight models.

I highly doubt that. They're still "hard-coded." I assume the flight models themselves will stay relatively the same as they are now, the changes will mostly be made to the physics engine that drives the flight models.

I believe it was Wags who commented that the changes will not bring any other aircraft's performance quite to the level of the Su-25T's realism as it stands in FC1.12.



Still I think we stand to gain a lot in FC2.0, as long as the network code is as reliable and efficient as FC1.12!
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2009, 10:40:46 pm »

Beaker, but from what I've understand, DCS has the same sort of flight model our Su-27, MiG-29, F-15 and A-10 have, and this will be implemented in 2.0.

Forgive me if I got this wrong, but if I didn't, then this will be possible, probably (or at least we hope so  Grin).
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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 11:21:35 pm »

Maybe you're thinking of AI flight models... again another concept that wouldn't affect our virtual aerobatics...?
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