On the Aerosoft Forums, Mathijs gave an update for what they plan for 2020. While no new big aircraft announcement was made, a lot of information was given on new work for different simulators.
Mathijs mentioned that the Aerosoft team was very enthusiastic with the release of P3D v4, but were left fairly disappointed with how many parts of the graphical engine were left half done. This is shown by no developer doing a full blown P3D v4 model. Aerosoft has expressed their interest to bring the A318/319/320 and 321 models up to date and add PBR, but would take months of rework for not much gain in sales. They also added that requesting update fees is not the style of Aerosoft.
Aerosoft has mentioned that they have been invited over to the Asobo Studio to take a look at the new MS Flight Simulator, and the reaction was just what we have seen from others seeing the sim for the first time, lots of amazement. Mathijs mentioned how Asobo has been very open with them, being a phone call away for questions, and having many discussions with them. They mentioned as well that Aerosoft has a strong belief in the new MS Flight Simulator.
Mathijs also gave a quick update on future projects and aircraft. First is that Aerosoft will “not work on full new builds of the smaller busses for P3D v4”. Mathijs said that also P3D v5 is expected to come this year sometime and is supposedly to fix a lot of the issues that Aerosoft has now with development. The smaller busses will be getting a smaller update that will add the EFB fairly soon, which will be at the same time as an update to include Navigraph support for the EFB. Once this is finished, they will finish working on the CPDLC that is partially in development. At the same time as well, Aerosoft will be working on the Airbusses and CRJs for Microsoft Flight Simulator. They currently don’t know how much of that will be port and how much will be new, as they currently don’t have an SDK for the new sim. Also mentioned is that there will be discounts for current owners of the products, depending on how much new code is made. This is the same for scenery products and tools.
Lastly, Mathijs announced that depending on the manpower available, they will be working on a product that is fully up to the new standards. This will most likely be in the form of the Twin Otter, and they also mentioned that will be an ideal aircraft to explore the new Microsoft Flight Simulator in.
Be sure to check the Aerosoft Forums for new updated from Aerosoft in the future.