OSLO/SYDNEY, Thursday. 13 August 2020 -- Flight Simulation’s best source of news and discussion, Threshold, is entering aircraft add-on development.
Friends, it’s been a while since anything substantial has come out of this project - we’re sorry for that. In the time we were away, we’ve had a complete restructure.
When the two developers announced the exit from the 737 Ultimate development, it marked the beginning of a new chapter for the project. The core developers of the Ultimate project discussed the transfer of the project to Threshold’s product development section for continued development. After a few days of negotiations, the keys were handed over, and shortly thereafter, a new team was assembled to continue the legacy.
During the planning and early development phase, it became apparent that these 737s are less becoming a continued development of the existing planes and more of an entirely new project. What resulted from this is a completely reimagined line of 737s extensions, engineered and developed from the ground up again.
Working with Zibo and his excellent 737-800X as a starting platform, we began deconstructing the plane down to it’s core, to produce the most vanilla and clean outcome possible. We’ve also been working directly with Laminar Research and using their developer copy to redevelop the visuals and optimise the entire package. We’ve set three primary goals in this redevelopment:
· Reduce file size through comprehensive asset sharing
· Maintain product continuity with the default 737
· Ease of system updates for Zibo
The end result is a seamless all-in-one package containing the entire line up of the 737 Next Generation series. From the -600 to the -900 & -900ER, each comes fully equipped and driven by Zibo’s code and decorated by a crack team of developers.
Of course, the initial release doesn’t spell the end of development for the 737s. Here is a list of our proposed update pipeline (subject to change):
- Improved flight model behaviour issued for each update
- Default FMOD sounds refactored into the 737NG series [courtesy of Daniela Careri from Laminar Research]
- Honeywell MCP
- Original Cabin design
LUXURY & FREIGHTLINES:
- 737 BBJ
- -700 & -800 Freighters [subject to information availability]
As a natural progression, the 737 MAX will be covered as a standalone series in the nearer future, you can expect the same quality and immersion you’ll expect from the 737NG series with Zibomod. Preliminary redevelopment has begun though we do not have a set release date. However, we will begin full-development of the new series once we have the NG series matured to provide a reliable platform for the MAX’s.
While the 737 development was in advance, the team agreed that a new brand name to act as the successor to the 737 Ultimate would be deemed more appropriate. So today, I am very excited to introduce you to LevelUp. It’s a name that reflects our values to produce immersive planes that are accessible to all, and a promise to you that if you fly with our work, you’re bound to climb higher than ever before.
Having a new name would mean less baggage and a clean slate for a new journey, and most importantly - allowing us to explore beyond the Boeing 737.
As part of this clean slate, we’re decommissioning this Discord server in five days and shifting to a new one, dedicated to all of LevelUp’s projects. You can join it with this link: https://discord.gg/vRUhK6j
FACEBOOK PAGE: facebook.com/ThresholdLU