Exhibit: Eurofighter Typhoon
By Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson.
"Only five weeks ago the clock ticked past midnight to take us into a new millennium. Things have changed for many simulation designers, and a few months ago some of the crew working on Typhoon at DiD left the company. Not long afterward DiD was purchased by RAGE software, and some expressed doubt as to whether Typhoon would ever see the light of day.
Typhoon is alive and well, however, and will find its way to a hard drive near you sometime this summer. That's good news, because EF2000 and Total Air War still have a strong following, testimony to classic flight simulations. Key to longevity is innovation. Typhoon will introduce a new approach, where the emphasis is also on the pilots in the game, rather than the hardware.
In Typhoon, pilots will be in the hot seat fighting against the clock. The scenario features a multi-national force with pilots drawn from the member nations, plus female combat pilots as this will be the norm for the period. To ensure maximum tension, the Typhoon has been placed in a very tough situation against superior numbers with limited intel (sound familiar?). Iceland, according to sources outside RAGE, is the chosen location, which brings back fond memories of low level flying through Fjords in EF2000 to avoid detection.
In EF2000, however, we had AWACS data available. There won't be any AWACS or JSTARS support in Typhoon. The scenario assumes that in this war there aren't enough of these aircraft to go around.