PMDG’s Robert Randazzo has made a quick statement on the PMDG forums informing users of the current status of the Boeing 777 update. The first thing he addresses is the release date. Previously, PMDG was aiming for a release date mid-February, somewhere between the 17th and the 24th. However, due to some minor small adjustments that were made, this window has been pushed back by a few days and PMDG is now hoping to release the Boeing 777 update between the 25th and the 27th.
Randazzo also goes into detail a bit more about these small, last minute changes resposible for the slight delay, which are mostly related to the installation and activation process.
He then proceeds to answer some of the more important questions that have come forward by the community. For one, people have been wondering of the price of the 777. Randazzo confirmed that the price of the 777-200LR/F Base Package will indeed increase and match that of PMDG’s 747 product line. This change will take place when the update is released. The pricing for the Boeing 777-200ER will be published at the time of its release.
He also addresses a change in the VNAV logic of the plane. Due to the developments over the last few years that the team has done to the flight model, the 777 may fly different that what we’ve so far been used to from it. According to PMDG, as well as its ‘technical advisors’, the plane now handles a lot more accurate compared to its real-life counterpart. An example that Randazzo makes, is that the plane will no longer “shed energy when trying to slow down in a descent”, and users may need to get a bit more involved when planning and managing their descent than was previously the case.
Some other important notes are that the update is only for Prepar3D v4 and v5, and older versions of P3D or FSX will not receive this update. Furthermore, the update will require a full re-install with a new installer downloaded from the PMDG website.