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Prepar3D v4 Logos and Assets Found On Official Website

For months, we’ve been giving the community the scoop on the latest rumours and information regarding the long-awaited announcement of Prepar3D v4 in official capacity. We know that the team will be attending Flight Sim Con 2017 in June, and we fully expect them to bring more information about their sim then. With the conference less than a month away, it’s inevitable that things will slip out. One of our readers uncovered that Lockheed Martin have began uploading assets for Prepar3D v4 to their website.

What’s interesting is some of the file names. Some are generic such as “header” and “background”, but you can also see “Prepar3d v4 Large” and more interestingly, “Buy-Now”. Does this mean we could see a release sooner than later?

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Did Aerosoft Just Give Let Slip of Prepar3d V4?

Just a quick one from me. We recently outed some rumoured information regarding Prepar3d V4 and Aerosoft may have let slip a little more than they wanted to.

Whilst talking about the new Connected Flight Deck feature for their upcoming A330, Mathijs showed off what he does whilst working to keep his mind busy. As you can see, he enjoys reading upon datalink, watching TV and writing documents! Fun!

But what’s really interesting is the icons on his desktop itself. In the top, far right hand corner is a black icon that looks a little too familiar. Once zoomed in, you can see it’s clearly Prepar3d V4.

Now we know, we know, anyone can set an icon for the desktop, and maybe it’s Mathijs just teasing us (he does hint at it in his post). Regardless, whether it’s a developer poking some fun or a “whoops, I messed up” mistake, it’s lighthearted.

Before anyone screams FAKE NEWS, it’s not ‘fake’. You can see the image and you can see the post here. Anything relating to Prepar3d v4 is conjecture until Lockheed Martin say something official. Anything going forward is simply discoveries made by us or the community.

Of course, we’ll always verify any information to ensure it’s as accurate as it can be.

Any feedback is always welcome, just comment below or send us an email via our contact page.

RUMOUR: Prepar3d v4 Coming Soon – In Beta, New Lighting Engine, 64-Bit, Releasing Soon

Update: I have changed the title to be a fairer reflection. Whilst I fully believe in the information and the source, I appreciate the confusion. Apologies to anyone who felt as though this was clickbait. I assure you, I did research before presenting this information to the community.

Thanks for your continued support and if you have further feedback please let me know.

 

Original article;

*Rumour from verified source*

 

We’ve been posting news and information regarding Lockheed Martin’s worst kept secret for a while now. We all know that Prepar3d v4 is coming and will be 64-bit. Multiple developers have hinted at a 2017 release, but now, we’re hearing from beta testers that actually, it is sooner than expected along with some new features.

A conversation happening on Facebook led to a member of the beta team discussing certain things about the upcoming platform that probably impact their Non-Disclosure Agreement.

The source, which has been verified by a member of the FSElite team and someone external, comes from a well known developer within the community. However, as it’s not confirmed by Lockheed Martin, we’ll still mark this as a rumour.

This person has stated that “P3D 64 bit coming soon” with an emphasis that beta testing has been on-going for a while now. Not only that, but this person stated their “add-ons seem to work,” which suggest that many developers have already taken the time to ensure that they are compatible with this new Sim. What’s interesting is that they mention that a new lighting engine has been added.

This is obviously good news, but not something that should come unexpected. What this source did say was that we can expect a “surprise” when it’s out in the near future. This surprise is an alternative to X-Plane 11’s physics based rendering engine.

The entire transcript is posted on a private Facebook page, but I’ve selected the highlights below. I’ve covered names and photos to help protect identities, but this will only go so far as it’s in public view on social media.

We’ve contacted the source for any further information, but have yet to hear anything back.

Green is the original source and orange is other members asking questions.

Some clarification:

  • The “my Facebook account was hacked” was simply a joke among some of the people in the comment section. The information is genuine. In a further comment, the source said “Lockheed Martin have black vans outside my house to take me away” (or words to that affect), so we can assume this is a joke.
  • The developer is a scenery dev. As a result, when he says “all add-ons work”, this is probably referring to scenery products. Why? Scenery products are the least impacted by 64 bit as they typically don’t require DLLs to function.
  • I contacted the source a day ago, but haven’t heard back. I’ve used the people I verified the person with to reach out, but no such luck. If I have any updates, I will let you know.

Rumour: Lockheed Martin Software Update for Prepar3d Coming Soon?

https://www.prepar3d.com/It’s been over a year since Lockheed Martin released Prepar3d v3 for our home simulators, and just under 3 months since our last decimal update. With that in mind, Lockheed Martin posted some rather interesting news over on their Twitter.

As you can see from the Tweet below, Lockheed Martin have suggested that they will be launching a new ‘software update’ for their Prepar3d product. Alongside the text came a screenshot showing off Prepar3d over being displayed 24 screens! (I’m also sure it’s Taxi2Gate’s KMCO)

The most interesting part of the tweet is when Lockheed Martin talk about “a whole new world.” Is this a reference to the rumoured upcoming 64-bit version? I’m hedging bets on a more incremental update to see us go from 3.4 to 3.5.

This is also backed up by FSLabs’ saying that they’re working with Lockheed Martin to fix a few issues in Prepar3d before being able to release their highly anticipated A320X.

Of course, this could just relate to their more commercial platform. Currently the link on their Tweet only heads back to their homepage (their SSL certificate is out of date at the time of writing, but the site is still safe to visit), so no further information is currently available.

We will keep an eye on it and let you know what we find out.

Rumour: QualityWings Beta Testing Starts Early December

With the announcement of QualityWings now working on the manual of their highly anticipated 787, we have managed to source from one of the testers that final beta testing will begin early in December. Although December 4th 2016 was given as a date, no further details were given. With the QW787 development being quite lengthy, this date may jump around, but we’re confident that this information is true and accurate.

We’re anticipating final beta testing to start December 4th or so. That date can change, but fingers crossed.

Quality Wings 787 Tester

Given the environment in, we’re unable to disclose exact details publicly. Within FSElite, we have confirmed the details and verified their credentials.

We look forward to announcing early in December the beta announcement!

FSFX Packages Possibly Revealing EZDOK Replacement

Before I even begin, I just want to point out that this is completely a speculation piece, based on facts and other insights (backed up with proof). Nothing here is “insider” knowledge. With that, enjoy the speculation.

Yesterday, we took an in-depth look into the possibilities of what the BIG announcement from FSFX Packages could be when they stream live on September 21st. Well, thanks to Tom B, we think we have the answer.

As we suggested in our article yesterday. It’s looking almost guaranteed the new product will be an EZDOK replacement for both FSX and P3D.

Tom B tipped us off to this really interesting forum post, hosted over at TheSkyLounge. At this point, it’s worth noting that TheSkyLounge already has official sponsorship with FSFX, so if anyone is privy to information, it’s probably these guys.

For some time now we’ve been advising you to skip on EZDOK and hold on to your cash. Our Patrons have know a little more than most as a perk, and recently I streamed a glimpse LIVE on Twitch providing the public with perspectives never-before seen in flight sim. The wait is almost over…

Although not definitive proof, it’s highly likely that this is correct, as I doubt that they would want to spread rumours around a sponsor of theirs.

Interestingly enough, if you watch the Twitch stream, you can see that they’re testing a product, which focuses extensively on the viewing system itself. Everything from hands-free view switches and realistic landing camera effects. This certainly isn’t something that any camera controls I know of already available.

Of course, we won’t know 100% for sure until September 21st, however, I strongly believe this is the most likely outcome now.

Post your thoughts in the comments below.