What happens when you bring console-level graphics to Flight Simulation scenery? It’s a recurring concept that has attempted to be realised by many developers such as Orbx and FlightBeam, both of whom have strong backgrounds in game development. In the X-Plane world, we have the likes of native scenery developer Beti-X who aims to deliver detail down to each grain on the gravel with their Stewart and Bella Coola scenery. One new developer studio aims to take it one notch higher with a dash of FPS detailing.
Meet PropStrike Studios, led by the dynamic duo of Luciano Pommella and Karl Høybye, are both flight simulator enthusiasts with backgrounds in game development. Luciano is a game developer in Canada and has worked in the game development and entertainment industry for over 2 decades. Karl lives in Denmark and is a recent game development graduate who has been an avid contributor in the flight simulation community, developing several sceneries before partnering with Luciano.
Their first partnership is absolutely eye-catching. Lush greenery and rustic-textured clutter, Quatam River Airport is the ultimate go-to destination for bush pilots and GA fliers alike who appreciate a little grimy-ness in their adventures.
Sitting in a series of fjords and arms in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, Quatam River Airport sits smack just a few meters from the river of the same name, which leads into the tall mountains. The airport is utilised as a hub for lumberjacks in the area who have been clearing the forest in the valley for over 35 years.
For PropStrike’s rendition, the duo focused on not recreating just the airport, but provide an experience which challenges the user in each flight and provide ample amount of sightseeing opportunities and hours of adventuring. With each flight, the studio wants each to be a different experience, whether you fly helicopters or light props in the area. As with most recreations, a degree of artistic freedom was used- PropStrike wants to utilise artistic freedom to bring even more interesting points of interest so that the user wouldn’t lose interest after trailing the region after a short period of time.
Plans for Quatam River doesn’t end with the release of the airport. PropStrike has big plans for it, beginning with a highly immersive experience in the initial release, and later, a breath of life with animated animals and people alongside new expansions to the scenery for the user to explore outside the airport.
This scenery will be a definitive dream come true, particularly for helicopter fliers and bush pilots with over 10 helipads, and over 10 bush plane landing spots. Here is the feature list:
This is truly an exciting time for X-Plane, for PropStrike has given us all a taste of what’s to expect from the brand’s payware creations. No doubt, the duo are masters of their craft. Here’s to anticipating on what else is to come from PropStrike Studios, we’ll be here patiently waiting.
Quatam River Airport is available from PropStrike Studios' website here.