It’s been a long time since we heard from Laminar Research about their plans for the future of X-Plane but the wrapper is slowly starting to come off of what the next generation will be for the popular sim with a video that showcases what’s next.
Short but sweet
X-Plane 11 released in November of 2016 and it’s been through a lot of life since then. It’s expandable and open architecture has let it keep pace even as other more modern sims have emerged but you’ll find few willing to argue that X-Plane 11 is on the cutting edge of all that a flight sim can offer.
The first of what sound like many new technology preview videos showcase what the next generation of X-Plane technology will offer. They are carefully not saying that this is X-Plane 12 although it is certainly the next iteration of the technology.
Have a look at ‘Technology Preview One,’
The trailer of course doesn’t show us very much but it does give us a sense of where things are headed. X-Plane 11’s lighting model was antiquated, even when it was released in 2016, and it’s outstanding to see that this is the first thing that they are talking about with their next generation release. Lighting is essential to that sense of realism and feeling of flying that other sims are able to provide and it looks like X-Plane is taking a giant leap forward.
“Improved atmosphere and lighting model” was upvoted by the X-Plane community 917 times. Clearly it’s important to a wide variety of members.
I’ll insert snarkily as well that it finally looks like X-Plane will be available in colour this time and without the washed out dull grey tones of the past that have required add-ons to help improve. This is very good news for me and I’m very excited to see what we learn next!