Milviz has released their official statement on the matter.
“We want to thank all of you for putting your faith in us. I am sorry it didn’t work out in the end.
As to why, there are already many opinions on the internet, but I prefer to believe that the timing wasn’t right.
Where does this leave us? We will continue bit by bit, bringing aircraft into XP, and testing the water as we go.
Will we develop the ATR for XP? Not at the moment, but we’re open to the idea if circumstances change.
Thank you once again for your support – it means a lot to us!
All the best – Osh”
The statement was originally posted on their Facebook page.
Update: Milviz has replied to our request for comment.
Osh, from Milviz, has stated that an official post may come some time tomorrow. Osh did confirm that development for X-Plane will continue and they are looking to have a new plane out in the coming month. As for the ATR on Prepar3d, development continues and will continue to watch the community for their feedback.
== Original Article ==
2 months ago, Milviz took to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to source money for the research and development for their ATR 72 on X-Plane 11. The Kickstarter from Milviz was seeking CAD $27,000 to fund the project with today being the final day of the campaign. The target was not reached and Milviz failed to secure funding.
The Kickstarter ended today after securing only 15% of its goal. In total, only CAD $4,111.29 was raised by those that supported the project. 33 people in total backed the project with varying amounts. Those 33 people will not be charged for any pledges made.
The news of the failed Kickstarter started with an announcement from Milviz, where it was only made clear after the campaign started about how people would receive discounts for the product if they pledged. There were also many questions as to why an established developer such as Milviz would rely on crowd-funding to support development. Colin from Milviz left many comments on Facebook talking directly to fans, giving the reasoning behind the Kickstarter. Citing some of the reasons for it being that they had little to no experience on the platform.
Despite the comments regarding X-Plane development for Milviz, X-Plane continues to be very much part of the development pipeline for Milviz. None of the projects has been fully announced yet, but they are likely to be ports of P3D content.
We imagine that as a result of the ‘all or nothing’ nature of the campaign, the ATR 72 will not enter long-term development for X-Plane. The outcome of the Prepar3D version is likely to remain in development. However, without an official statement from Milviz, we can’t confirm. We have, however, reached out to the team and will update the post once we get a response. [Editor’s Note: Milviz did kindly respond to our request with their statement as follows:
We may post something about it tomorrow; probably at the end of the day. In the meantime we continue to develop for XP, and hope to have a new plane out in the coming month. Our ATR for P3D is still in progress, and once released (no date set), it will be interesting to see how it affects opinion.