Taking to their official forums with an extensive post, PMDG CEO Robert S. Randazzo took the opportunity to share an update regarding the developer’s plans with community members.
PMDG Products for MSFS
Beginning his discussion with the most keenly anticipated news, Randazzo indicated that the team is in the progress of converting their entire product lineup for the new sim and is making good time on that front. To execute said task as efficiently and meticulously as possible, Randazzo indicated that the team had to develop completely novel development tools and processes. Trying to “leverage every ounce of what the new MSFS engine will give us,” Randazzo let readers know that said process is not adequately captured by simply rewriting a couple of lines of code, but that everything, from the model to the sound recordings, had to be redone, if not entirely then at least in part.
Explicitly addressing the highly anticipated NG3 for MSFS, Randazzo said that development work is accelerating and that although some bumps along the road have now been ironed out, numerous other ones are still expected to be encountered in the near future. As a result, Randazzo indicated that it is yet too early to firmly commit to a formal release date for the airliner.
PMDG 737 and 747 Product Line Updates
Jumping over to what is already, rather than what will eventually be, the team let readers know that, during the recent 777 development cycle, the development team has found solutions to previously existing minor bugs in the developers 737 and 747 product line. As a result, new updates taking care of these bugs within the 737 and 747 product lineup are expected to be published within the next couple of weeks.
PMDG Global Flight Operations
Regarding Global Fight Operations, the team said that most of the recent work focused on the public-facing aspects of the platform. Also, the release of the latest extensive 777 update saw all three of the developer’s main product lines being hooked up to the platform, thereby allowing each one to appropriately use the underlying data interchange. Also, new previews depicting what users can expect upon launch are set to be provided by the team in the near future.
LNAV; Flight Director and NAVDATA Updates
With the 777 updates pushed out to the public, Randazzo indicated that the team is in the process of pushing a test aircraft featuring the new LNAV 2.0 process out to the developers beta team. Coupled with the new flight director currently in development, the system is set to provide users with a presently unrivaled lateral navigation process to enjoy. Finally, the team is also bringing a new, by Navigraph provided, database-driven system to their current product lines that will replace the currently in-place and outdated NavData process.
Ending his post with a love letter to vintage propliners, Randazzo let readers know that their Douglas DC-6 product line is far from dead. Being the CEO’s favorite airplane in the companies hangar, Randazzo indicated that significant work has been done to bring the plane up to current standards and that, once released, users “will be blown away by the improvements” made to the product.
If you want to read Randazzo’s in-depth announcement in its entirety, or if you which to take part in the forum discussion, feel free to head over to the original PMDG forum post linked here.