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[Update] Captain Sim Cancels 767 Freighter but Releases GE Engine Expansion

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Update: Moments ago, Captain Sim announces that whilst the 767F is still not happening, the 767CF (converted freighter) is indeed coming. This will be included as a free update to the GE Engine Expansion Pack. Also they have already changed the name of their expansion pack from 767-3GE to the 767-3CF. A 19-second teaser video was also shared.

The real kicker is that the 767-300CF will not feature any cargo door animations and no cargo management tools.

Thanks to Samoilov K for the update tip.

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Original Article published 24th July @ 16:07z

Captain Sim has taken to Facebook to tell the community they have made a “tough” decision to “terminate” their 767 Freighter development. The news really comes out of the blue and no real explanation has been given. However, the team said the “bright side” is that they have released a new expansion pack for the 767 Captain II that adds GE CF6-80C2 engines.

The new 767-3GE EXPANSION brings a “highly detailed and accurate digital replica” of the aircraft type with CF6-80C2 engines. The feature list included is like-for-like of the original 767, meaning nothing new other than the engine modelled has been included. However, it’s really important to note that the 767-3GE does not come with a new sound set. It uses the sounds paired with the original 767-300ER Base Package.

If buying a new engine type for the 767 is for you, then you can buy the expansion for $24.99. It looks as though Captain Sim is using their previous fear of missing out tactics again and listed the price as though it’s on sale. You will need to own the 767 Base Pack in order to use the expansion.

Perhaps what is most baffling is that this exact engine type powers the 767F. Regardless, Captain Sim seem clear that we will not be seeing the 767 variant any time soon, despite last saying that the expansion was confirmed well over a year ago.

Things seem very messy right now with Captain Sim, following a terrible 777 release on Microsoft Flight Simulator and the weird stance they had on liveries for their products.

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Product Information
Developer
Captain Sim
Purchase From
Captain Sim
Price
$29.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0.2
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FSElite Purchased
SimMarket
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As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Since the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, simmers have been craving the first long-haul third-party aircraft. Captain Sim is the first to step up to the plate, but don’t get your hopes up. Simply put, this is one of the worst payware releases from a known developer in many years. At this point, I imagine some of you won’t read on, but let me expand on why Captain Sim has truly sunk to the bottom with this release.

Over the years, Captain Sim has had a rocky relationship with the community. During the early years, they established themselves as a developer who would make good looking add-ons but with a lack of system depth and detail that would make them stand out compared to others. There were always a handful of issues that stopped their aircraft from becoming must-haves, but often they developed aircraft in a particular niche which gave them an advantage. It was almost like a guilty pleasure; you knew it was going to be just ‘okay’ but would be prepared for it. Then the 757 Captain III was released and suddenly, a somewhat decent simulation of the narrow-body Boeing jet was available for Prepar3D. After years of promises from Level-D for a good 757, many settled for the Captain Sim version. It did a good job and actually received a number of great free updates that added a number of requested features. It was not a top-tier aircraft, but I honestly felt like Captain Sim was on their way to improving their reputation. The expansion packs which followed didn’t do that any favours with engine models costing huge sums of money and issues with related types in the subsequent Freighter Expansion. That said, they did at least listen and release some “lite” editions that tried to resolve this.

That relationship remained turbulent with the release of the 767. An aircraft which has a lot of history and desire with simmers. When it was announced, people were keen to fly and get to grips with the newest release. Regrettably, the plane was disregarded due to its pricing model and how many of the promised updates and expansions have taken a sideline to enable the developers to work on other projects. Before the 777-200 Base Pack, the team did release a new rendition of the 737 Classic series and from comments I’ve seen, it seems fairly well received. Again, it was a guilty pleasure for many.

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