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The simulation world is about to expand a bit, as Laminar Research says. X-plane 12 continues its development deployment. The team behind the new flight simulator has provided a extensive development update which includes confirmations of systems and features that have been terminated, as well as other interesting tidbits. Laminar also confirmed that the next milestone for X-plane 12 in fact, it is preparing it to release it to the public as an early access title.
At this stage, it will be available to everyone, which means it won’t work as a closed alpha version. This will be released digitally on Steam first, and “later” will come as a DVD release for those who prefer a physical release. Whichever version you get, it will cost the standard series price of $59.99 USD. Interestingly, these early access keys for X-plane 12 it will also grant clients access to its predecessor.
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As for the systems that light up green, Laminar Research has completed some important features in the game. These include rain and snow shaders for airports and global landscapes, animated walkways, FMOD implementation for airport vehicles, static aircraft traffic, the new weather engine, and ATC systems. It still has work to do on things like finishing the flight mode and various aircraft models like the Airbus A330, among other features.
This development update also confirms many other things about X-plane 12for example, it will have 3D trails for ships/seaplanes, 3D trees, and will be cross-compatible with Ortho landscape photography packages from X-plane 11.
Laminar has yet to detail exactly when we can expect the simulator. But the point of this update was to emphasize that the next time the team talks about X-plane 12should be readying players to jump into their virtual cockpits soon after.
As work continues to put the finishing touches on X-plane 12Asobo continues to make improvements to Microsoft Flight Simulator. That simulator just got its world update 9, and three major paid software add-on airliners have also been released. Having both sims on the market at that time will only fuel efforts on both sides to keep making improvements and updates to ensure consumers get a great experience.