PMDG tonight announced that they will provide product for Lockheed's P3D. Robert Randazzo made the following post in the PMDG forums this evening:
This thread will provide you with factual information related to PMDG's efforts to release products compatible with the Lockheed Martin Prepar3d (P3d) platform.
This thread will be updated from time-to-time as more information becomes available.
PMDG are planning release of the following products for use with the Lockheed Martin Prepar3d platform:
PMDG 747-400v2.0 for P3D
PMDG 777 Series for P3D
PMDG 737NGX Series for P3D
Release of the PMDG BAe JS4100 for P3D and new products being developed under the PMDG Classics product line are also under consideration for release as P3D titles.
PMDG does not intend to release any of our legacy products such as the PMDG MD-11 or PMDG 747-400X into the P3D platform.
Products that enter development following the PMDG 747-400 v2.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon their marketability on the P3D platform.
Licensing and Use:
Unlike products developed on the Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) platform, products on the P3D platform will be offered with a range of licensing options. These options will initially include only a General Study, Education/Academic-STEM and Familiarization licensing model but will eventually expand to include licensing models to cover training, classroom training and training center/airline site license versions.
Customer Licensing for General and Personal Training licenses will be handled directly through PMDG's current eCommerce portal. All other licensing options will be handled on customer-specific non-public portals.
Costs for licensing of P3D based products will vary based upon the license model chosen and the desired use. This will enable PMDG customers to choose a range of cost options based upon their needs and license requirements, from Home Entertainment (using FSX) up through PMDG Certified Training Solutions customized for specific airline customers.
TRAINING CENTER & AIRLINE CUSTOMIZATION:
Training Centers and Airline customers will be able to purchase a general version of a PMDG product for P3D, or alternately PMDG can create a private version that tailors the aircraft equipment options to match the customer fleet. This version can be made available only to designated crew members through a private portal. (Please contact us directly via our site for more information on customization.)
Note: Training enabled licenses depend upon certification from Boeing and licensing by same. This product line is not yet available.
Currently, there are no PMDG products licensed for use with the Lockheed Martin Prepar3d platform.
We do not have a firm ETA for release of PMDG's pending line of P3D products, but we anticipate having the contractual issues resolved in time for a 1Q14 initial release. (See: HURDLES, below.)
We currently anticipate that the PMDG 777-200LR/F will be the first product released for use with P3D. All other PMDG products for P3D will follow later.
PMDG are currently working with our licensing partners to expand and clarify scope restrictions under our current license agreements that prevent us from releasing products for the P3D platform. These conversations have been ongoing since approximately July, and we do not have an ETA for their successful conclusion but it is anticipated that we will have an agreement in principle before the end of 2013.
Pricing for PMDG's new line of P3D products will vary depending upon license type and intended use. Airline customers are encouraged to contact PMDG directly in order that we can effectively recommend a solution to minimize direct and recurring costs.