Taking to their official Facebook page, esteemed scenery developer FSimStudios has addressed their recent period of silence and outlined their future development plans.
First, the developer has clarified that their endeavor to recreate Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (CYUL) has been temporarily shelved. This decision arises from the intensifying competitive landscape within the market. FSimStudios acknowledged that the market is not big enough to sustain three renditions of the same airport, each created by a different developer. They emphasized that, in order for such a project to be viable for them, it would have to break industry benchmarks and meet standards akin to the quality associated with renowned developers like Flightbeam or Pyreegue. While the Montreal airport project has not been abandoned, FSimStudios aims to invest more time in meticulously crafting an industry-standard breaking rendition of the airport. The team remains committed to the endeavor, believing that discontinuing the project now would have greater repercussions for the developer than persevering, albeit at a slower pace.
Secondly, FSimStudios has strategically reevaluated their priorities, opting to concentrate their efforts on bringing Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (CYWG) to Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS). Despite being a smaller airport, CYWG serves as an ideal testing ground for pioneering technologies slated for integration into future updates across their product line. Importantly, this airport has been exclusively developed for MSFS and will not be adapted for Prepar3D. While specific pricing details have not been disclosed, the product is poised for imminent release, with plans to hit virtual shelves in time for the fall edition of the Cross the Pond Eastbound online event.
In additional updates from the developer, FSimStudios has announced a series of enhancements for several previously released sceneries over the upcoming months. The first in line for improvements is Halifax (CYHZ), set to receive a comprehensive update in November. This update will include enhancements in performance, texture work, and modeling, aiming to elevate the overall user experience. Additionally, new cargo terminals will be integrated, and X-Box compatibility will be introduced.
Following this, Calgary will receive bug fixes, additional downtown buildings, and improved lighting.
Beyond that, development on Montreal (CYUL) and Vancouver (CYVR) v2 will continue in the background, and while the developer’s hands seem full already, FSimStudios stated that new Canadian and International airports are planned for the future.
While you’re waiting for Winnipeg (CYWG) to be released for MSFS, feel free to check out the developers original Facebook post linked here.