The update comes on the form of a Facebook Page post where Polychop does their (kind of usual) reflection of how the year has come and what we should expect in the future.
On that post, the team addresses the “serious medical condition” which affected one of the two persons working full-time on the Kiowa, which has obviously had a “severe effect on the production cycle of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior module for DCS World”.
Polychop continues saying that “while production never stopped on the art and assets department, the coding side of things has only started to catch up during the past six months and has not yet reached the momentum it had prior to to the last half of 2020. This has to do with a lengthy recovery process.”
Development of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior continues and Polychop says it’s “making great progress with the affected team member working as hard as his current situation allows him to”.
As for the release date, there’s none yet, and I can already predict some of the comments we will be seeing on social media. Despite the constant push backs and delays Polychop is still committed to release the product, like they say, “when it’s done”, not earlier and they are not interested in releasing an Early Access version.
Polychop says that when the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior comes out, “all systems needed for completing its intended tasks and mission will be functioning as they should. Some quality of life updates and non-essential features might be added later on after release. Things the community has requested certainly spark our interest but should not delay the release date. With the recent past showing us that many factors can influence the development cycle, we won’t be predicting any release windows any more.”
But what about…
… the Gazelle? It is also mentioned in the update.
Polychop now has a new coder, who is working on the module and “making sure the Gazelle’s systems are functioning as they should and fixing bugs so that when the time comes for implementing the new flight model, the Gazelle will be up to the expected standards.”. This is great news for everyone that has been eagerly waiting for an update on this bird.
That’s good news.