Microsoft’s promotion of the new Flight Simulator continues with a small series of updates and some interesting pieces of information coming to light as development on the new sim moves forward. We’ve learned a bit more about the alpha test invitations, the SDK and the partners that they are bringing in, and some very cool new screenshots from some of the alpha testers.
More testers, more partners
Microsoft is, according to their most recent update, is sending out another round of alpha test invitations starting today and going through until next Tuesday. I know that will have a few of you anxiously looking at your inbox. So far I haven’t been so lucky but who knows, maybe that will change (not that I’ll be able to report on it very much).
The word that we have heard from multiple testers, anonymously, is that the test is already looking quite good and that their impressions confirm what we’ve seen in the promotional screenshots – that Flight Simulator has next generation of flight sim written all over it and that it’s already quite impressive despite it’s alpha test nature.
We’re also learning that along with more testers, Microsoft is also opening the door to more partners and that their SDK has opened the doors up to more creation possibilities.
Currently, we’ve got over 30 partners with access to the SDK. The feedback has been incredibly beneficial to the team as we continue to work hard on upcoming features.Flight Simulator developer update on February 13th
Although 30 partners sounds like a lot, I’m also kind of not too surprised given the large developer community that has built up around FSX, P3D, and X-Plane. It’s also encouraging as it almost certainly ensures a healthy third party developer community that will extend the Flight Simulator experience over time.
Finally, there are some cool screenshots available via the latest update. Here are just a few.
For the rest, check them out here.
Airports next week
I am eagerly awaiting the next ‘Feature Discovery’ series for Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator that is due next week. The focus will be on airports and I think we’re going to get a pretty good look at just how detailed airports in Flight Simulator will be and then what we might end up seeing from third party developers to help further detail airports or add more airports to the sim later.
It should be a VERY interesting video. Look for that next week!