Since we interviewed Marcus for Developer Month about Bilbao, we have been extremely excited to see the product come along in development. Development has been steady for a while, so it’s no surprise to see the previews below showing as much detail as they are. The Spanish city is known for it’s interesting terrain and harbours so we’re keen to fly our airlines and GA aircraft in there.
Over on the Orbx forums, Marcus gave some more insight into what we can expect from the product when it’s released. As for when that will be, we’re not sure yet, but he did say that the project is moving onto the next phase with beta testing ti commence, followed by night-lighting, cross platform installers and optimisation.
The scenery itself will include the whole city of Bilbao, with around 300,000 – 400,000 hand placed buildings and trees scattered around. This will include the famous Iberdrola skyscraper complete with functional helipad. For heli-pilots, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll also be able to land on some nearby tanker ships situation in the fully modelled harbours. The airport itself will benefit from high-resolution scenery, internal modelling, movable gates and other small details including people, objects and vehicles. It’s sounding like an incredibly detailed package. You can see that in the previews below!
I’ve left the 20+ preview shots below, and the feature list afterwards.