A few months ago, Orbx announced that they will be looking at developing for other platforms whilst still delivering for the ESP engine. Part of those plans revealed that both Meigs Field and Innsbruck would be heading to Aerofly FS2. The sim has been commended for its smooth FPS and the fact it takes advantage of modern hardware. It’s also extremely well tailored for virtual reality flying. You can watch the trailer for the sim below:
The sim supports 64-bit and has an engine that allows for truly detailed texturing and modelling. With that in mind, Orbx took the chance and have developed and now released both Innsbruck and Meigs Field for Aerofly FS2. You can head over to Orbx Direct to download.
JustSim have issued an update for their Innsbruck (LOWI) scenery, of which you can find our review here. The updated version makes use of the P3DV4 SDK and includes the new night lighting. Screenshots of the updated scenery can be found below. You can buy Innsbruck for €17,50 over on SimMarket.
Please note that if you have previously purchased JustSim Innsbruck for Prepar3d V3, you are entitled to an upgrade for a fee of €6. This upgrade fee will be automatically applied when you purchase the scenery.
Over at Aerofly Flight Simulator Facebook page we found a few screenshots of OrbX Innsbruck LOWI for Aerofly FS2. Release for PC version is expected to be real soon. Attached some images below to look at while waiting for the big release announcement from us.
We’ve known that Orbx have been working with Aerofly FS2 developers IPACs for a little while now and today, we’ve got a full preview of one of the first airports developed specifically for the 64-bit sim. Innsbruck is known for its beautiful terrain, vast amounts of housing and trees as well as a great transport system. As a result, it’s a dream place to fly for VFR. Since the release of FTX Innsbruck for FSX/P3D a few weeks ago, we’ve been really enjoying it. Now thanks to the in-game engine of Aerofly, Innsbruck has never looked so good on a PC.
“A new era”
Jarrad himself introduced the scenery and provided a HUGE number of screenshots justifying why he described this as a “new era” for flight sim.
Some of the key details of the scenery include the use of a sloped runway, accurate crash detection, new lighting, and outstanding performance. With the sim being built on new technology, VAS, stutters and frame rates aren’t something to worry about. Of course, those who love VFR flying will be pleased to know that the sim has been built with virtual reality in mind, so this will look and feel like you’re really there.
It will be fully previewed at the upcoming Flightsimcon event in June (we’ll be there) and will be released on June 15th. Those who already own the amazing scenery for FSX/P3D will be entitled to a lovely 40% discount through FTX Central 3 / Orbx Direct. Full price will be AUD$39.95 (€27, US$30, £23 approx.) or AUD$24 (€17, US$18, £14 approx.) at the discounted price.
The full feature list is as follows:
– Innsbruck Airport recreated in full HD detail – Full 2500 square km coverage area – Sloped runway! A key feature of AF FS2 – Ultra-crisp terrain textures. Defined mountains, roads and rivers all the way to the horizon, no more blurries. – Incredible performance on even mid-range systems – far superior to FSX/P3D – Amazing Virtual Reality integration: optimised for performance and smoothness, best-in-class. – Full animation support: Moving PeopleFlow, vehicles and trains – Complete autogen system – a major new feature previously unseen in AeroFly FS, expertly designed by the team at IPACS. – Volumetric grass – Crisp and accurate shadow engine – Dozens of landmarks, POI and features, including two heliports. – Stunning atmospheric engine perfectly suited to VFR flying.
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Welcome to Innsbruck. Capital of the state Tyrol (Tirol) and hidden in the Alps. Historic home to the Olympic Winter Games not once, but twice. A busy hub for many tourists particularly during winter. With challenging terrain, tight turns and forever changing weather, it is arguably the most dangerous airport approach in Europe.
If that sounds familiar: that was the exact opening for my review for Innsbruck by JustSim. But that doesn’t make it less true. Innsbruck is a beautiful place with many famous landmarks. And of course the very famous approach through the mountains. With the review mentioned above I wasn’t too impressed for missing out on the details that make this area so amazing (though the airport itself was very nice), beautiful and unique. But did Orbx manage to capture this feeling?
Short answer: yes. Orbx have done an incredible job with Innsbruck. The area looks amazing. The details and landmarks are all there. The airport itself feels very busy and alive, and so do the towns in the area. If you’re here to get convinced to buy this add-on: you will not regret it. For those that want to dive a little bit deeper into it: let’s read on.
Ask Me Anything is a new and experimental feature we’re trying at FSElite to answer your questions about key releases before our reviews. Reviews often take longer due to the detail, but often, we form first impressions much quicker. As a result, we’ll do our best to answer your questions quickly so you can make a more informed purchase decision a lot sooner.
With the release of Orbx Innsbruck by Jarrad, we know many of you have questions about all aspects of the scenery package. So now is your chance. We have our copy being put through its paces, so if there’s something you want to know, then ask in the comments below. We won’t reply directly, but we will collate the information and form a quick Q and A on this article.
We’ll update it in the next day or so. Make sure you check back then!
[Update – 09:10z on 2APR2017 – Awaiting questions]
Over the last few weeks we have been showing off some magnificent screenshots of Orbx’s Innsbruck scenery. We have been nothing short of amazed by what we have seen of it so far and I look forward to having it within my sim.
The scenery has just now been released, you can buy the scenery from OrbxDirect for the price of $39.95AUD. By the looks of it this will be money well spent. In typical Orbx style, no detail has been spared and they have even gone to the extreme lengths of modelling 2500 kilometres squared of area surrounding the scenery at 1m/30cm/60cm. A picture showcasing the whole coverage area can be seen above. It’s absoloutely massive!
Please do bear in mind that this scenery REQUIRES FTX Global Base or OLC Europe. It will not work without either one of these other Orbx products installed.
We all know that once Iain says “Final shots“, we are within days of release of an Orbx product. With San Diego just released, we hope you have enough money in your wallets to then be able to buy Jarrad’s Orbx Innsbruck, as it’s looking to be incredible.
Here’s Iain’s final shots before release.
As soon as it’s out, we’ll let you know.
Of course, you can save yourself some money by making sure you enter our competition to win a free copy of San Diego. Don’t forget, we had several Orbx developers stop by giving us some insight to how they develop.
Another week and another set of screenshots from Iain showing off the stunning Innsbruck from Jarrad at Orbx. Nothing specific to look at here, just a collection of various images of the airport and various helipads dotted around the Austrian mountains. As you can tell, it looks stunning and will be a must-have for any simmer serious about challenging and stunning approaches.
We’re confident release will happen in the next week or so, so make sure you check back with FSElite for the latest news and reviews when it’s out.
Also, just to mention, Jarrad will be stopping by for Developer Month a little later on, so make sure you keep an eye out for that! If you can’t wait for that, check out our interview with Marcus Nyberg.
Orbx product’s typically follow a similar release cycle. They’re announced, they’re previewed by the developers and once Iain gets his hands on them, you know you’re pretty close to release.
And this is exactly why we’re so excited to share even more screenshots of Jarrad’s latest product: Innsbruck. Iain has posted his “first” shots today on the Orbx forums, and as usual, they look stunning – really showing off the beauty of the product.
I’ve posted them all below, but be sure to keep an eye on the forum itself.
We will have an exclusive interview coming up soon with Jarrad who will talk to us about Innsbruck as part of Developer Month. If you’re interested in Orbx developers, we also interviewed Marcus who’s currently working on Bilbao. You can read that here.