Robert S. Randazzo today updated the community with PMDG’s official stance on their future with regards to development on future flight simulators. This includes both Prepar3d V4 and the recently announced Dovetail Game’s Flight Sim World.
RSR started by saying how over the past decade, the development community has been somewhat stable. With a core codebase that has remained mostly the same, it’s been easy for developers to understand, learn and enhance their products because they learn new techniques for the software they develop for rather than learn new software all over again every few years. In light of the recent announcements of new sims and rumours of code changes, it means development may got back to how things were many years ago.
PMDG have re-confirmed what was already said back in January 2015. So any P3D customers (including the upcoming DC-6) will be supported through “at least” P3D v4 – whatever changes that product may bring. RSR stated that it’s “reasonable to expect” that version 4 will bring new features and PMDG are expected to adopt those features for their current line of products. This obviously includes the 737, 777 and the recently released 747 Queen of the Skies II.
Dovetail Games’ Flight Sim World
Next, RSR wanted to address what PMDG’s official stance is on FSW.
As is known, PMDG and Dovetail were in communication during the development process of the simulator, but as RSR puts it, “communication dried up” after they declined to use their method of product delivery through Steam. Despite this, PMDG are very much open-minded when it comes to developing for the platform.
Once the team get their hands on a copy of the simulator and an SDK, as well as the marketing direction for the sim, then they will have a look and evaluate whether they will support the sim. There is also mention of whether current products can be ported over to the new sim.
“It’s safe to presume that they can…After all- it is just software”.
Of course, it will require development time and work. As for how much, PMDG don’t know which is why development plans are simply undecided for sure at this point.
In other news, the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster is coming along nicely for both FSX and P3D, and the PMDG 747-8 Queen of the Skies II is moving towards testing. There will probably be a few more updates for the 744 at some point soon using the new download tool. Finally, there was a hint that we should “wait until we see what else we are working on.”
Sadly a lack of X-Plane future plans at this point.
We’ll let you discuss what you think it can be in the comments section below.
Head over to the Avsim forums for PMDG’s full post.