Over the past year, we have been covering a developer known as CGN who had been promising to develop a 737-Classic series for Prepar3D and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Today, they took to their Discord to announce its immediate cancellation.
In their statement on Discord, the team said “this time last year, we all had so much time to spend. We were at home, didn’t know what to do with our time, so we started this project. But over the time, our jobs and schools started again, robbing our time. We barely spent time developing the 737.”
Whilst the news does come today, the decision was made over two-months ago. When CGN decided this, they approached a well-known developer to take over the development. Whilst those initial talks went well, communication broke down and just before files were due to be sent, the developer pulled out.
This is surely disappointing news for those waiting on the type of aircraft for their simulators. In a follow up message, CGN did confirm that all of the source files will now be uploaded to a GitHub repository as open source software. This means someone (or a group) can continue developing the plane. Further information on when this will be made available will come later.
So whilst this is the end of the line for CGN and their efforts to bring a 737 Classic to P3D and MSFS, it could be the start of an open source project. If it’s like any of the other open source projects we’ve seen as of late, this could indeed be very good news for the community.