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Whats happened to X-Plane Airport and Scenery Releases?

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It seems like it's been very quiet in recent months in relation to the release of airport and scenery add-ons for X-plane 10. Aerosoft have released nothing for X-plane 10 since their Anchorage airport scenery and I haven't noticed any other major releases lately (apart from aircraft). 

 

Seems a bit of shame when the X-plane world really needs populating. Truscenery's stuff was brilliant but they too have been pretty quiet. I know they are probably a small team but it's a pity not more is being released regularly like about a year ago by them and other developers.

 

I know that CZST is coming soon but apart from that I haven't heard of anything else in the payware sector.

 

I'm aware that that freeware is huge for X-Plane and there is some fantastic stuff out there but it would be great too if there were more really high quality sceneries available especially in terms of regional textures.

 

I hope I don't sound too negative. I just hope there is a lot more to come.

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I think most Payware devs are waiting for version 10.30 before they release new sceneries.  Same thing happened when we were all waiting for 64bit XP10.

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Aerosoft is waiting for FSX sceneries of London and Dublin to be finished, so these two get converted for X-Plane then.

 

TruScenery is heavily working on Helsinki Vantaa.

 

Then, there is this Mexican scenery (can't remember its name).

 

Drawbridge is working on a new airport, too.

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Good to hear that there are a few things in the works but I wish Laminar would speed up the evolution X-plane 10 just a wee bit. I know it's a beta but it is taking them quite a while to progress the look of the sim especially in terms of textures and objects.

 

Thankfully clouds hopefully will be sorted soon with the SkyMaxx Pro add-on which looks great btw.

 

I can't help but feel though that such effects should have been provided by Laminar as part of the package by now rather than to be left to developers. I'm not impatient but we have waited quite a while for some basic evolution of the sim.

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It's not a whole lot different than Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft provided the platform, it's really been the third party developers who have made the sim what it is today. SkyMaxx it looks like, will take care of the cloud textures. I know a couple of weather generators are looking at porting over into X-plane. We need an all in one AI traffic program like My Traffic X. Another thing is seasonal textures. I think that may be in the works also. Lastly, is a workable ATC program.

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It's not a whole lot different than Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft provided the platform, it's really been the third party developers who have made the sim what it is today. SkyMaxx it looks like, will take care of the cloud textures. I know a couple of weather generators are looking at porting over into X-plane. We need an all in one AI traffic program like My Traffic X. Another thing is seasonal textures. I think that may be in the works also. Lastly, is a workable ATC program.

I totally agree with you Mike. It's now Laminar's job to entice third party developers to extend the functionality of XPX. The sim needs a lot of outside development and there is no competition to speak of. The only stumbling block, ROI.

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I couldn't agree more with the last two posts. LR needs to capitalize on the opportunity they've been given with the demise of Flight but it feels like they have been dragging their heals (which I know is not true it just feels this way).  However if they don't hit a home-run with V1.3, and soon I think there are a lot of Simmers looking at P3D V2.0 which is set to release in the near future.  I for one have given XP10 a very fair shake for the last two years but grow tired of the perpetual beta phase it always seems to be in, and the lack of 3PD I thought would be piling on products for it.by now. 

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P3D v2 is a revamp of FSX, optimized to better use GPUs and CPUs, with probably a better online / multiplayer environment, world objects definition / interaction ( aimed at military scenarios ? ) but! with the exact same flight dynamics, engine systems and weather engine that exist in FSX since 2006. This is as far as I can tell from what I hve read,  what P3D v2 will be.

 

Nice of course, but not what makes me - Whow!!!!

 

X-Plane 10.30, 40, ... have potential to make me WHOW!!!!!!!

 

3pds are welcomed, and I guess they'll start moving to X-Plane's land, with time :-)  As a matter of fact, we already have excellent ones working to make this sim an ever more enjoyale experience :-)

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I'm surprised as well. I think it was Mathjis at Aerosoft that said making scenery for Xplane is easier than for FSX.

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Aerosoft's lack of activity in XP development is kind of annoying. They said they'd be fully supporting it a long time ago and so far all they've done is convert some of their old FSX library.

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Aerosoft's lack of activity in XP development is kind of annoying. They said they'd be fully supporting it a long time ago and so far all they've done is convert some of their old FSX library.

 

I agree.

I really hope they bring their Twotter across.

I think it is probably and excellent candidate for conversion and would become an instant classic in X-Plane!

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Aerosoft's lack of activity in XP development is kind of annoying. They said they'd be fully supporting it a long time ago and so far all they've done is convert some of their old FSX library.

 

Well.........

 

I wonder what the sales figures were for the scenery they ported. 

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Well.........

 

I wonder what the sales figures were for the scenery they ported. 

 

True. No doubt that sales figures have everything do with it but the quality of some of their conversions left a lot to be desired.

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And, converting aircraft is really not the same thing...

 

I also believe the bad experience they had with selling aircraft not produced internally, and causing problems with access to updates by their customers, might also have spoiled their initial commitment.

 

Aerosoft is a big player in the 3pd add-on market, and I believe things will change with the time. As X-Plane 10 get's even more stable and powerful I believe people will start to move to it and buy more add-ons. Some great ones are already nearing release, and I am sure many others will follow :-)  Eventually Aerosoft will honor with their X-plane 10 support decision...

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Aerosoft could have made some heads turn had they imported their city series line like Chicago and Manhattan X.  One of the reasons I passed on them in FSX is because Chicago with no winter textures just seamed wrong but, that wouldn't have been such a big deal in XP10 at least until seasonal textures are added.

 

@ Jcomm I'm not going to debate the P3D program for one V2.0 hasn't been released so exactly what it does and doesn't do is somewhat speculative at this point and two this is the XP forum.

 

However I will digress... That I came to XPlane primarily for stability, enhanced or modern coding that takes advantage of my modern hardware, and the belief that XP10 by default would become the predominate consumer based commercial simulator available.  Everything that brought me to XP remains true except the migration of 3PD developers to the platform just hasn't occurred like I thought it would (My fault for being overly optimistic) . I got it; XP has a host of very talented developers I've bought the JR's CRJ & JS31, B777 Worldliner, 3 Carenado GA's, D-Max Blackshape Prime, Fly J Sim Dash 8 and B727 the MU2, and Scenery from Aerosoft Drawbridge and TruScenery but it's been slow going.  There are some big names in the simulation community that stated early on that they would develop for XP but have yet to see them produce, and I am not talking just about aircraft developers. I'm hoping that XP10 V1.3 will be the pivotal moment that I was hoping for over a year ago but based on my experience so far I am remaining cautiously optimistic.

 

Back on topic~

 

 

 


Then, there is this Mexican scenery (can't remember its name).

 

taxi2gate

 

 

I think you actually meant Tropical Sim, I have their DC National KDCA airport for XP10 too.  I haven't seen anything by Taxi2Gate in XPlane yet but if they are point me in the direction of where to get it (Unless that direction leads to the .Org then don't bother :Sick: )

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I think you actually meant Tropical Sim, I have their DC National KDCA airport for XP10 too. I haven't seen anything by Taxi2Gate in XPlane yet but if they are point me in the direction of where to get it (Unless that direction leads to the .Org then don't bother :Sick: )

 

No, it's indeed Taxi2Gate. According to a thread over there at x-pilot.com they are working on the conversion of their FSX scenery they released some weeks ago.

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I think you actually meant Tropical Sim, I have their DC National KDCA airport for XP10 too. I haven't seen anything by Taxi2Gate in XPlane yet but if they are point me in the direction of where to get it (Unless that direction leads to the .Org then don't bother :Sick: )

 

Hi Blaze,

 

Yes Tropicalsim have at the moment, converted 4 of their sceneries for X-Plane. Taxi2gate has someone working on the conversion of their recently released Mexico scenery. I think it's in a thread at x-pilot. If you've seen their Mexico offering, you can only imagine what it will look like in X-Plane with all the dynamic lighting effects.

 

Mario beat me to it...:lol:

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If you've seen their Mexico offering, you can only imagine what it will look like in X-Plane with all the dynamic lighting effects.

 

That is good news indeed!  I have seen their Mexico City scenery and the only reason I have not bought it for FSX is because I have their original MMMX scenery (Airport only without the surrounding city) and was hoping they would have offered an upgrade option or wait for a sale; I didn't fly there enough to warrant another full price purchase although it looks great and has lots of favorable reviews.  Sort of glad I didn't now, because on the XP Platform it will be an instant purchase.

 

Thanks for the HU

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I'm sure it must be me, but when XPX first appeared, I guess I was expecting a bit more in certain areas. Orbx quality at a minimum probably, given all the new capabilities.......

 

Part of whats a bit offsetting is that so much of whats been released is just barely modified FSX stuff that doesn't seem (To me) to take all that much advantage of the New sims capabilities, especially in textures.

 

I guess I just think that a lot (not all) of the XPlane payware airports are..... bland.

 

So far.

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No it's not just you. I've purchased the best scenery available for XP10 and they compares favorably to those in FSX. Once again the lighting and night environment looks particularly good but lack of AI traffic taxing ground vehicles and other components that give a great add on ambience are lacking sometimes leaving me with the feeling you described...bland.

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Aerosoft is currently working on a few Airports for Xplane10.....i'm very excited for their EGLL Heathrow release in 2014.

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Truscenery Helsinki is one to watch too. I'm looking forward to see what they do with a large airport. I like their other offerings but have found them to be a little heavy on FPS, which can be expected given the detail.

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Truscenery Helsinki is one to watch too. I'm looking forward to see what they do with a large airport. I like their other offerings but have found them to be a little heavy on FPS, which can be expected given the detail.

Blaze,

 

Have you seen these guy's upcoming scenery for X-Plane?

 

http://beti-x.com/

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Blaze,

 

Have you seen these guy's upcoming scenery for X-Plane?

 

http://beti-x.com/ 

 

Yes I have, and it looks spectacular although a bit remote.  That said Mountain flying does seem to be an XP10 strong point

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