It’s been seven years since the initial release of the infamous Aerosoft / Digital Aviation CRJ, but August 2nd 2017 is the day simmers will remember as the day it finally came out. We’ve been teased, tortured and hyped over the years, but the time has come to finally part with your €41.98 (+VAT) to Aerosoft and download the CRJ.
Mathijs offered some words regarding the release that he wanted to make the community aware of. I believe it will help to set expectations for when you finally get your hands on the product. I’ll leave it below.
Nobody on our side would call this project ‘finished’ at this moment. But it is ‘good enough for release’ in our eyes and we feel that the progress towards the ‘final’ version (if there is ever such a thing) will be faster and more customer orientated with the code on the customer’s machines. This is not the same as releasing and using the customers as testers, we very well know what area still need work, but in discussion with the customers it will become more clear what the priorities should be.
Now that sounds a bit ‘fuzzy’, I agree. What it boils down to is simple however, if you buy now you will get a steady stream of tweaks, fixes and new features over the cause of several weeks. Some people like that a lot, as they see their input being used, others find it highly annoying. The latter group we simply advise to wait a bit and buy the CRJ in two weeks.
As always we’ll be open and honest in discussions about the strengths and weaknesses of this release. As you know it was most certainly not one of our more simple developments and we seriously underestimated the complexity. As time progressed we had to keep up with the steady increase of complexity of add-ons and we were not aiming for a steady target but one that was moving forward all the time. It’s like flying a complex aircraft, if you get ‘behind the aircraft’ it is damned hard to catch up.
We’ll be downloading our copy soon and will be spending some time with the aircraft over the next few weeks. We’ll be providing some first impression shots as well as a full feature review in the near future. If you’re unsure, why not read up on the manuals first.
For now, head over to your preferred store: