Today, third-party developers had some exciting news to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, including airplanes and airports.
We start with IndiaFoxtEcho who provided a series of updates on some of their projects including M-346 Master, Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado, A-4 Skyhawk, etc.
M-346 MASTER RELEASE
Our latest internal version appears to be satisfactory in terms of quality and we believe it is ready for release. However, given a number of issues created by Sim Updates in the past, we have decided to postpone its release until the SU10 is officially released and the aircraft has been fully tested in the final version. We think the release date will be around September 25-28.
SIM UPDATE 10 – FLEET UPDATE
We will take advantage of the release of the SU10 to update ALL our planes. They all seem to work without any (or very minor) issues with SU10, but we’ll take this opportunity to make some minor tweaks to each of them. ALL means ALL: Long-EZ, SU-31, MB-339, T-45C and F-35 (although the latest version of the F-35 and T-45 is already fully compatible with the SU10).
Many have asked us if we are stopping our Eurofighter Typhoon project after the surprise announcement of a competing product. The answer is no. Competing models are very bad for revenue and very good for customers – and we try to take the customer’s perspective. We will NEVER comment or criticize any competitor for any reason. The only thing we want to do is do a really good job on the Typhoon (as we want to do with any of our products). We don’t like to claim authenticity, realism or detail…because we think that’s BS marketing. But rest assured that we will do our best to do a good job: if the project sells well, but in the end, our goal is quality. Speaking of quality, as we are definitely NOT SATISFIED with the quality of the commercial meshes, which have glaring errors in several areas, so we decided to take the hard route and create a completely new 3D model – this will take some time , and it is very unlikely that the product will be ready before 2023. But as usual “DONE WHEN IT’S DONE”. The screenshot is a rendering of the WIP mesh.
Basically the same story of the Typhoon. Yes, another company has announced a competing product, and NO we are NOT stopping our project! And just like the Typhoon, we weren’t happy with the 3D model we showed in the previous screenshots, so we’re reworking it and adding a lot of detail. The screenshot is a rendering of the WIP mesh. And yes, “it’s done when it’s done” (this could well be our company motto)!
Guess what? We are not happy with them either. Yes, we could have lazy ported our P3D models… and made some money, but we don’t like working that way. Thus, we are completely reworking many parts of the model, and we will be redoing all the textures from scratch. Additionally, we will be redoing all cockpits from scratch and completely retexturing them.
You may have noticed that we’ve removed the “D”. VERY BIG news to come – hopefully we can show something soon.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL…
Well, that’s not all. We are also working on other projects that include historic Italian aircraft: the MB-326, but there are also other projects that we cannot discuss at the moment (for contractual reasons). For all these projects, we don’t have firm release dates, but a firm commitment: we will never rush a product, nor release it if we are not convinced that it is a good product. Additionally, products will primarily be developed on PC – but we will try to deliver Xbox versions as well, with minimal compromise and only if strictly necessary.
Moving on to airports, LatinVFR announced Baltimore (KBWI) in the United States.
It’s a rather relevant and busy airport on both the passenger and cargo side, so it’s a very welcome addition to the SIM card.
The screenshots below are still in development and many details are missing, including the gateways.
Finally, Fly2High announced Copernicus Wrocław Airport (EPWR) in Poland. It is the 5th busiest airport in the country and a rather popular destination.
No release date has been announced, but this developer tends to reveal its airports quite close to release, so it should arrive sooner rather than later.
If you want to know more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews on the Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City and Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City and Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport , CRJ 550/700, PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, F-15 Eagle , the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Cala Bria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi Airport.
If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.