Fans of Aeroplane Heaven’s upcoming Spitfire Mark I are going to have to wait a bit longer as the company has elected to delay the launch of the aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
News has emerged from Aeroplane Heaven via their Facebook page that their Spitfire Mark IA project is being delayed. They released a statement two days ago saying,
Hello all, some of you are not going to like this news but after careful consideration, we are delaying the launch of Spitfire Mk1A for a while. The reason being that there has been a considerable amount of negative comment based around the “we already have a Spitfire in MSFS” and even some comparisons with the other Spitfire which we find vaguely ridiculous pre-release.Aeroplane Heaven
The other Spitfire they are referring to is of course the Spitfire IX from FlyingIron Simulations which I previously reviewed. Aeroplane Heaven’s earlier mark of Spitfire looked to be enough of a departure and suitably different than the later model to warrant some excitement of its own but it seems that Aeroplane Heaven is going to hold back and continue to work on their product.
The statement goes on to say,
Allowing the dust to settle will also allow us to perfect this release and add further features and authentic inclusions to make it the very best Spitfire you could possibly buy for MSFS.Aeroplane Heaven
I’m loathe to read between the lines on this so I’m uncertain what was driving the decision other than either concerns that the new aircraft wouldn’t sell so close to the release of another Spitfire (although it has been months) or concerns that the project in its current state may not be favourably compared. That said, we’ve seen good stuff from the developers on this project so I’m not sure what is holding them back.
I’m always a fan of developers taking their time and getting releases right (even if they do patch later to add even more features) so I applaud a difficult decision made.