Airworthy Designs to Stop X-Plane Development in Favour of Microsoft Flight Simulator
November 18, 2019
Airworthy Designs has published a large status update about the past, present, and future of the company.
The main highlight is that the developer is opting to end development for X-Plane 11, in favour of the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, Airworthy Designs made some arguments surrounding their decision, as well as why there has been little news in the past few months.
"In the last few months I have been [offered] a right seat position in a Q400 and the focus has been on revalidating and obtaining the licenses and required type ratings to perform the job," wrote the developer in a Facebook post.
"Unfortunately due to this scenery development has been in a complete hold, once the evaluations are over development will continue."
Airworthy Designs are best known for their renditions of the Caribbean, including Sint Maarten and St Barths. As of time of writing, Part 1 costs US $32.95, and Part 2 is US $26.95.
However, Airworthy Design will discount all their products by 60% permanently as a thank you for users' support.
The developer continued: "Due to MSFS being announced recently we will be moving production entirely to this new platform. The new simulator from Microsoft seems to be the next big thing and starting a year long [development] cycle for xplane it just does not make sense.
"That being said with what Microsoft has shown us it doesn't seem that there will be room for 3rd party scenery products, of course we will take a look at the state of things and make an assessment on what projects to pursue.
"If scenery development seems like a bad idea we will start a transition to high quality aircraft development.
"Thankfully we have been given access to the Beta program (phase 1) so we will be taking a deep look at how things work inside this new simulator and what kind of technology is required to develop for it.
"If it turns out there is a chance to develop sceneries we will bring all our [products] developed from the ground up, new and improved to match the standard set up by MS. More news about this once the beta drops."
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