22 December 2023

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

Make sure to dive into this year's DCS Winter Sale on our Shop! Until January the 7th, 2024 at 15:00 GMT, please enjoy incredible discounts on a wide range of modules, campaigns, and more.

We've continued work on enhancing the ground AI in DCS with the aim to make ground-based units more realistic, responsive, and add a new layer of challenge and authenticity to your missions. New and improved AI units such as the C-RAM and SA-10 (S-300) SAM were recently released. We are also working on SAM response to ARM, towed trailers and the improved visual effects of ships.

As we prepare for a new year filled with exciting possibilities, let’s look back on all the efforts we’ve made in 2023. You too can enjoy all these new features in the latest DCS Open Beta update. Check out the details below.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics

Merry Christmas

DCS Winter Sale 2023

F-16C Viper

Dive into the Winter Sale on both the DCS World EShop and Steam platforms. This is the perfect time to expand your hangar with up to 50% discount across all our most popular modules. Please check out the details below:

Modules with a 50% discount

Fixed Wing Helicopters
Tech Packs

Campaigns with a 50% discount

Modules with a 40% discount 

Fixed Wing Helicopter

Modules with a 30% discount 

Fixed Wing Helicopter

Campaigns with a 30% discount

Modules with a 25% discount 

Fixed Wing Pre-order 

Campaigns with a 25% discount

Modules with a 20% discount 

Fixed Wing

Upgrades not on sale

  • DCS: Normandy 2.0 Upgrade for N1
  • DCS: Normandy 2.0 Upgrade for N1 and TC
  • DCS: Normandy 2.0 Upgrade for TC

Fixed wing not on sale

Terrains not on sale

Campaigns not on sale

Check out our Shop for more details. Enjoy!

Ground AI

Development Progress

Ground AI Progress

2023 saw several improvements to AI ground units in both game performance and behavior. To enhance game performance, AI anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) calculations were optimized and large missions with many ground units now take advantage of the performance gains afforded by multi-threading. Multiplayer was also improved with the synchronization of artillery impact points. Route following of both ground and naval units is important and further improvements will be delivered in early 2024.

Ground units saw some welcome additions such as the ability to load and unload infantry units, the ability for the AI to select between ammunition types more wisely, new reloading sounds, and new voice over audio for player-controlled ground units using Combined Arms.

Radar-directed air defense gun systems got improved target trajectory prediction modeling and the new C-RAM and SA-10 SAM now default to RED alert status with no assigned route.

These efforts will continue in 2024 with more natural and randomized spacing of units in a column, improved ground unit suspension modeling over rough terrain, improved counter-battery tactics for indirect fire systems, new and improved air defense unit responses to anti-radiation missile attack, and more realistic damage modeling and visual effects to ships.

DCS in 2023

2023 in Retrospect


2023 was a big year for both Eagle Dynamics SA and our 3rd party partners. Much of our work focused on improving the DCS core with important enhancements and bug fixes. Some of the more notable core improvements included:

  • Multithreading. This has allowed DCS to better utilize multiple CPU cores to provide much improved performance for most players. Players can now crank up their graphic details and/or achieve higher frame rates in 2D and VR. 
  • DLSS and FSR. Deep Learning Super Sampling and FX Super Resolution (FSR) were also added in 2023 to further improve game performance. Combined with multithreading, 2023 has seen the most significant performance increase in DCS history.
  • Enhanced Voice Chat. Voice Chat received substantial improvements in 2023 with the addition of a better interface, enhanced stability, and communication options.
  • Improved procedural grass distribution tech was implemented to look more natural adding better shading with ambient occlusion and more realistic traction to wind and rotor blast.

Other important DCS core improvements included a new datalink architecture systems across several aircraft platforms, enhancements to weapon modeling, new visual target sighting options, improved Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) modeling, the addition of new weapon types, updated air-to-air radar modeling, new and improved models for several AI-only units, multiplayer performance and stability improvements, new liveries, multicrew improvements, many new and free missions, several new pilot models, and enhancements to the Mission Editor, to name just a few.

In addition to these DCS core improvements, 2023 saw the release of many exciting DCS modules and campaigns that included the F-15E from RAZBAM, the Mirage F1 EE and BE from Aerges, the Normandy 2 map from Ugra Media, the Sinai map from OneReTech, and many fantastic campaigns.

2023 also saw continued development and improvements across numerous aircraft, maps, assets, and campaigns.   

In the spirit of the season, we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with joy, warmth, and memorable moments. Thank you for being a part of our family. DCS is a community-driven project, and your passion fuels our dedication to delivering a world-class simulation. As we navigate towards the skies of 2024, exciting developments lie ahead.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics