Star Atlas & Bridge Announce Beijing Daxing International Airport for X-Plane 11 & Prepar3D

By
Alex John
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Our friends at Star Atlas has informed us of the collaboration with developer Bridge (regarded as the most popular flight simulation developer on China) to render Beijing's new Daxing International Airport (ZBAD) in X-Plane 11 and Prepar3D.

Construction of the real airport began at the end of 2014, and should open later this year, with an initial passenger volume of 72,000,000 annually.

The near-completed terminal is likely to become the busiest in the world a few years down the line, when measured by passenger volume. A second terminal is planned towards the south of the airport.

The developer has decided to pause development of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport for the time being, but cites terminal 4 may be modelled in the future, as it is still under construction in reality. We covered an exclusive announcement of this airport and Beijing Nanyuan Airport, which you can check out here.

Below, are renders and an in-sim screenshots of the airport's terminal and control tower:

The developer is also focused on writing the background music for the pre-release video, as seen to the right. The price is not yet decided, but will be lower than sceneries of the same size and quality to break into the market.

The ground outline can be seen here in World Editor. Star Atlas are very capable developers, thus the scenery will contain high-definition ground textures with PBR, road vehicles, static aircraft, vegetation and more.

Rendering a mega-airport like Daxing is no easy task, especially when the airport is not even finished. Last week, the developer visited the airport to collect reference photos, some of which can be seen below.

As development of the airport in the simulator progresses, Threshold will keep you up-to-date with the developments. Thanks to Star Atlas for reaching out and sharing their progress with us.

If you'd like to learn more about Chinese scenery development in X-Plane, check out a previous article, where we show off Star Atlas' development plans going forward.

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