As we edge closer to the release of the PMDG 777 update, Robert has taken to the forums to share some brand new screenshots of the 777-200ER in action. Furthermore, we have some new details on the release schedule and some of the included new features and changes.
Speaking on the forums, Randazzo said that they are “beginning to implement the process that moves [the] free update and the new product (PMDG 777-200ER) into release.” He went on to say that most of the hard work has been completed and the focus is now on polish and cleaning up the final bits. Whilst originally it was predicted that the update would release in the middle of February, Randazzo has said that they are looking at a release “in the range of 17-24 Feb.”
What we have now learned is that the free PMDG 777-200LR/F Base Package and the PMDG 777-300ER Expansion Package updates will release simultaneously with the all-new PMDG 777-200ER Expansion Package. It’s worth pointing out for clarity that these updates will be made available only for Prepar3D v4 and Prepar3D v5 as PMDG stopped 32-bit development.
We have also found out that the range of changes for the free update is extremely extensive. The free update will carry forward many of the features found from the 747 Queen of the Skies II and the 737 NGXu. This includes features such as Ground Services, Ground Servicing, fuel density, improved animations and an updated version of the fly-by-wire system. As mentioned in a past post, the sound engine has also been completely overhauled in-line with the modern engine and an overhauled sound set. It was confirmed that a 777 cockpit model overhaul is in development and due at the end of 2021. This virtual cockpit will also pave way for RainMaker to make an appearance and as such won’t be part of the update coming later this month.
Along with new details on the update, a selection of new previews of the PMDG 777-200ER Expansion Pack was shared. The new previews show the plane in various skins with all three engine options on display. As we have already learned, all three engine variants will be part of the pack upon release and include their own engine simulation and associated cockpit instrumentation.
Robert goes into a bit more detail about some of the more intricate details for each of the models in his post on the PMDG forums.
Whilst you wait for the update to release, be sure to see the other previews shared for the PMDG 777-200ER. If you’re a Microsoft Flight Simulator owner, then you can also see these very early previews of the 737 NG3 in the simulator.