We have known for a while now that DC Designs has intentions of releasing the supersonic passenger jet Concorde for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s been a few weeks since we last saw anything meaningful from the development team about the aircraft, but today, a new post on Facebook shared some new cockpit imagery and details.
DC Designs starts the post by saying that the “sheer volume of work inside the flight deck to ensure that all features are present is quite intimidating”, adding that all of the work for the modelling, animation and texturing is done by a single person. DC Designs also says that whilst this was a “major job in FSX and Prepar3D” this work is even more so in Microsoft Flight Simulator since the expectations are even higher.
In the Facebook post, DC Designs says that re-building the cockpit has refreshed their memory of the inner workings of the iconic plane. Since the original Concorde by DC Designs was released over 2 years ago, skills and technology have improved meaning this should be a more detailed plane than previously released. That said, it’s still true that the plane won’t be “study-level” but will have to be flown correctly in order to fly Concorde from A to B.
DC Designs is being assisted by both Asobo and Microsoft to bring the jet to life, along with help from Paul Frimston and CodenameJack. DC Designs says this support has meant the flight model can be reproduced with sufficient accuracy.
At the time of writing, DC Designs say that the animation and coding for most of the switches on the flight deck are almost complete. Decal work and texture is also ongoing, but the vast majority of it is now complete. The coming weeks will see further refinement. Over the next week, DC Designs will be preparing the full instrument animations, which will then lead to full flight testing happening on the plane.
So whilst we still don’t know exactly what the release plans are for Concorde from DC Designs for Microsoft Flight Simulator, we can at least enjoy these all-new previews of the flight deck.
Want to check out more previews for Concorde? Check out the previews from last year that shows it flying around Heathrow airport.