Report 052: F-14
The report of the latest update is finally here, although this is not that special because the update I’m talking about was already released some time ago, the v0.9101 and v0.9102 versions.
Because this delay, I believe there is little to be said that you may not aware by now.
In other hand, now that the early access has been released I can’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone already owns a copy, so feel that I should post a proper report for them, but I apologize for this report being more simpler than usual.
In the next update I’ll try to release everything more properly timed.
As I said, this will be short report, only to reveal the new aircraft:
Let’s start with the G-303E,
It is not the very beginning of the F-14 family, but the rest of the elements will be added later.
It can be easily distinguished by the single tail.
(Speaking of prototypes, I also like the other proposals that competed against the G-303, but I’m not sure if I ever be able to add them)
The YF-14 was already in as a preview, but I feel I should post it here to have a complete family
The changes in the F-14 versions are usually very small, but you can easily spot them if you know the differences, in the YF case it uses larger wing fences.
This version of the F-14A uses the new tail, some of the F-14A did in fact used this tail, but after a file all F-14A produced were build using the definite tail.
The F-14B also known as Bombcat is an upgraded version of the F-14A which feature all the improvements of the F-14A+ plus a few new avionics.
Live most mass produced F-14, the overall aesthetic are exactly the same, which the only exception being the censors under the nose.
The F-14D, the final mass produced variant, the improvement is mostly only avionic and a glass cockpit, so everything else stays the same.
The Best way to distinguish the F-14 from the earlier models, is that the F-14 has two sensors are side by side under the nose.
F-14D Quickstrike features an improved radar and modifications for more stand-off weapons like the Harpoon, HARM and SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile) missiles.
This new version is mostly an avionics upgrade, so there isn’t much difference compared to the F-14 besides the ability to carry a more variety of weapons.
The ST21 stands for Super Tomcat for the 21st Century, it is upgrade over the Quickstrike which features a new glove area, the glove was enlarged to take the place of the extended glove-vane of the F-14A model.
Another noticeable modification is the single piece windscreen. This would have given the pilot a much better frontsight compared to the older Tomcats.
The AST-21, one of the final branches in the F-14, this variant has been adapted to excel it attack capabilities.
For what I gathered, there is no external change in the aircraft, so it will always be hard to distinguish this and the ST-21
And that is all the F-14 that have been added, does is this mean that this family has been completed?
There are a lot more variants to be added, but most of them will be fictional, as this is a very popular aircraft, there are quite few interpretations how more advanced variants should look.
I’ll try to address some of those interpretations in a way I see fit and then, to completely close the family, I’ll add one last unit, probably the one you will most likely look forward to, the STF-21.
There is very little information about this unit, so it will be an interesting challenge to build this last variant.
I’ll also start to post here the change list.
This information is more useful for anyone that is already able to play, but in the next reports I’ll explain everything in detail.
FIXED: F-16A Block5 Challenge
FIXED: F-16C Block30 Challenge
FIXED: F-104G-HA Challenge
FIXED: Crash caused by using the Action to change music
FIXED: FB-22-1 engine effect
FIXED: FB-22-3 engine effect
FIXED: FB-22-4 engine effect
FIXED: FB-22-5 engine effect
FIXED: FB-22A engine effect
FIXED: FB-22C engine effect
FIXED: Crash caused if an unarmed scene object uses an AI
ADDED: the turret sub object now stops firing if their parent or any allied unit is in the line of fire
ADDED: the possibility to use Grunt type AI in skirmish mode
ADDED: the possibility to change the size of mission bounds in skirmish mode
ADDED: the possibility for turret type sub objects be placed in a different orientation
ADDED: now the player gains play points even if he quits the mission
ADDED: Optional change target behavior where it selects the target close to the center (it can be activated in the options menu)
ADDED: option to rotate the camera around the center of the aircraft
ADDED: Waypoint mechanic for AI missions including escape and patrol routes
ADDED: G-303E Aircraft
ADDED: F-14A Aircraft
ADDED: F-14B Aircraft
ADDED: F-14D Aircraft
ADDED: F-14D Quick Strike Aircraft
ADDED: AST Aircraft
ADDED: AIM-9M1 missile
ADDED: AIM-9M8 missile
ADDED: AIM-54A missile
ADDED: AGM-65A missile
ADDED: G-303E Challenge
ADDED: YF-14 Challenge
ADDED: F-14A Challenge
ADDED: F-14B Challenge
ADDED: F-14D Challenge
ADDED: F-14D Quick Strike Challenge
ADDED: Stress damage to AOA maneuvers
UPDATED: YF-14 special weapons selection
UPDATED: JST-21 special weapons selection
UPDATED: J 35 Mod 4 Challenge
UPDATED: All sidewinder users before 1982 will use AIM-9M1
UPDATED: All sidewinder users before 1995 will use AIM-9M8
UPDATED: YF-16 can now equip as a special weapon the AGM-65A
UPDATED: F-16A Block5 can now equip as a special weapon the AGM-65B
UPDATED: default joystick dead zone to 200
UPDATED: Accentuated the difference of the campaigns difficulty levels (the player in easy and normal mode have more HP)
UPDATED: changed music in the intermission menu
UPDATED: changed music in the mission fail menu
FIXED: change target option not saving configuration
FIXED: “Center” type of the change target mode not selecting some targets
FIXED: bore sight
FIXED: F-14A Gun position
FIXED: F-14B Gun position
FIXED: F-14D Gun position
FIXED: F-14D Quick Strike Gun position
FIXED: AST-21 Gun position
FIXED: F-14B special weapons
FIXED: AST-21 special weapons
FIXED: missing animation for the AST-21
FIXED: missing texture details for the pylons in F-14A
FIXED: missing texture details for the pylons in F-14B
FIXED: missing texture details for the pylons in F-14D
FIXED: missing texture details for the pylons in F-14D Quick Strike
FIXED: missing texture details for the pylons in AST-21
UPDATED: YF-14A Challenge, now it easier and uses the AIM-54A weapon
Well to at least add something new to this report, I’ll talk about the upcoming update.
The main improvement will be the completed campaign editor, the version you have at the moment is limited in some functionalities, like setting the skins which a playable aircraft can use. And lacked a unlock system were you were give access to buy new aircrafts after you clear the mission or campaign.
This is related to the idea that I’ll be focusing the modding capabilities in the next updates to have everything ready for when I add the steam workshop support.
As it was mentioned before, this next update will also introduce new families, like the F-4 and MiG-23, I will continue to add new aircraft families in the following updates until all of the initially planned aircraft are in, it will be only after that I’ll focus in adding the variants to compete the family structure.
This reminds me, I need to post a report stating what is planned for early access. It will list the essential features and content to go to beta and full version. Although you can be sure that I’ll add more than that (to satisfy my own desires and to address content/feature requests), but that is not the end, I can always add more stuff after release without having to resort to DLC. I just don’t want to stay to long in early access.
Delays are bound to happened, but my goal at the moment is to have it feature complete six months after it was released in early access.
As for ETA of the next update, there is quite a few steps missing in order to be completed, in addition to that I’ll need to take a least a full day to test everything since I made a few changes that may affect the gameplay code.
And that is it for now.
Maybe one more last question, the F-5A is leaving texturing phase, in your option is better for the update to wait for it, or to release as soon as possible?
Stay tuned, more reports will follow.