Scenery developer Origami Studios has announced that they will be bringing their Gatwick Airport from X-Plane 11 to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The airport is being developed in close collaboration with iniBuilds and will include more advanced features than previously seen in the XPL version of the airport.
Gatwick Airport is the second busiest in the UK, and one of the busiest single-runway airports in the world. Situated in the southeast of the UK, the airport serves as a busy hub for low-cost carrier easyJet and also flagship carrier British Airways. Whilst in recent times it has reduced capacity, it still is a bustling hub of activity for leisure flights around the world.
Origami Studios are saying this is a “significant upgrade” from the original X-Plane 11 version. With certain areas now more optimal with better UV/Texture mapping, more ground details and also support for Microsoft Flight Simulator functionality. Furthermore, the layout will be corrected based on the 2020/2021 layout with the new A380 pier and construction work. In an FAQ, the team said there will be no static models (optional or otherwise) and safedocks will not be a feature as there needs to be further investigation on how to implement this.
No exact pricing details were shared. However, it’s unknown if there will be upgrading pricing for owners of the XP version. The team has said that as both products are “somewhat different,” and that they will be treated as separate products. It is heavily hinted, but not explicitly mentioned.
Origami Studios has confirmed that Gatwick Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator will release this summer on the iniBuilds Store and the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace.