Scenery developed UK2000 Scenery has taken to Facebook to share some insight about their current development progress for the all-new Microsoft Flight Simulator. On the post, they seemed surprise by the release date announcement by stating that the SDK for the new simulator is not even complete yet.
Speaking on their Facebook post, UK2000 Scenery said the release is “is far sooner than we would have thought,” before then saying “especially considering the SDK is not complete.”
This is the first time a third-party developer has been quite so open about the behind the scene developments of the new sim. However, Microsoft has said over numerous update posts that they are working closely with third-party developers to get the SDK ready for them to build addons for the new simulator. As recently as June 11th 2020 Microsoft confirmed that SDK was being worked on and said they were making good progress with it.
Commenting on what it is like to work with the new simulator, UK2000 Scenery has said that this is like converting something from “Windows to Linux, it is totally different in every way.” They also said that Microsoft Flight Simulator uses all new modelling formats, AFD structures and a new terrain system meaning the current tools and workflow is very different.
Regardless of the current SDK status, UK2000 Scenery did say that “I think regardless, MSFS will still be the go-to sim.”
Postponing Development on Prepar3D and X-Plane
UK2000 Scenery has also confirmed in the same post that as a result of this work required to bring airports to Microsoft’s new simulator, they will be postponing all development, including minor fixes and bug releases, for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane products. Based on their previous announcement, this means airport such as Isle of Man, Edinburgh and Gatwick will be delayed by a few months whilst the team get to grips with the new simulator.
UK2000 Scenery joins other developers such as PMDG, Orbx, FSimStudios and others who have all committed to bringing products to the new simulator.
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