In an announcement posted to the official Orbx forums, Anna Cicognani Orbx CEO, announced the their company would be supporting the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Here are a few details and guesses at what they might be doing with the new sim.
Marketplace and Orbx Direct support
One of the most interesting lines right from the start was the announcement that they would be producing high quality addons through two sources – the Microsoft Marketplace and via their own Orbx Direct software.
The announcement today is mostly a public announcement that MSFS is on their road map but also that they will continue to support other product lines. Anna goes on to say,
Our roadmap continues to include high quality content for XP, P3D and Aerofly FS (when possible), and we will continue to support these platforms. We have some real gems in store, and of course we continue to support our partners and industry friendsAnna Cicognani Orbx CEO
Good news for everyone who is enjoying one or another kind of Orbx content.
What might they be working on?
Although we’re still not entirely sure how much of the world is truly covered in high detail in Microsoft Flight Simulator or how much custom scenery packages might factor in, there is already a clear marketplace for high detailed airports and this is one of the things that Orbx has done a very good job of.
Having bought a few airports through Orbx direct during the last sale, I can say that these are high quality presentations with tons of attention to detail. They go above and beyond a standard generic airport with custom detailing nearly everywhere.
Anna also said in a reply that airports were their starting focus,
We are starting with airports, but we have a range of ideas…. 🙂Anna Cicognani Orbx CEO
There may be other ways to supplement the scenery in Microsoft Flight Simulator as well that we don’t know about. While the world has been rendered by the new sim and AI systems have performed autogen at new levels, it’s likely that smaller zones with custom hand placed details will still be able to further exceed the default. That’s purely speculation on my part so we’ll have to see.