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Good question, Wellington has been an ongoing project for FSX/Prepar3d, and has been stuck because of the lack of funds. So I am hoping that Wellington will be the multi-simulator project number 2.
Wellington would suit the new simulators, for a number of reasons; first, it's an International airport, but also the Wellington photoscenery is very nice quality, and covers a huge area.
Note that those who have the Godzone Subscription will already own the FSX/Prepar3d version of this, so bear this in mind when considering a pledge. This campaign doesn't change your rights to what you've already paid for!Last updated:
Well, this could apply to any of the 'early access' simulators, but for different reasons. Aerofly is not only in the very early stages of development, but scenery developers are still awaiting a tool to allow us to create large-scale photoscenery areas.
So provided this tool is as effective as it needs to be, the initial project release has a good chance of happening. Beyond that, the success of future releases will depend on the market. The idea is to keep the cost of development down by beginning with the same assets for all simulators -- for instance, it makes sense to model an airport terminal once, and then make any changes necessary to optimise for another simulator. Same goes for photoscenery -- there's a lot of work that goes into sourcing, colour-correcting and tidying up aerial photos, but once I get to the colour-corrected stage, the process can diverge for different simulators.
So it may not be necessary to match the number of customers for the existing simulators initially, but it would still mean that ongoing sales are required to make a particular simulator pay for itself.
It may be entirely possible that Aerofly users who contribute to this campaign may be the only ones who see a full scenery release for NZ, as it is a major goal of mine to actually see New Zealand in Aerofly, I can't wait for that first flight, and even if it turns out that future releases are not viable, I may as well share the initial results with supporters.
I did have a chart ready to go, showing the likelihood of success for the various simulators, but as there are too many variables at the moment, I'll hold off with that...Last updated:
This is normally a popular question, and sure enough it took just a few days here for it to crop up...
I've always concentrated on smaller areas of photoscenery, although larger than many other developers. There are still some issues with the entire country, or even one of the two major islands. First, there's the bandwidth requirements -- matching the default resolution across the whole country would be prohibitive for many, and even offering an alternative solution such as discs/drives is only going to appeal to a few. One day we'll all have fibre to the door, but until then file sizes will need to be manageable.
The other issue is the variable image quality. There is some great coverage for New Zealand, and it is this which makes my scenery such fun to make, but there are still some older, mushier coverage, and some areas which are still not yet available.
Aerofly is the first simulator to make a feature of photoscenery, and this is why I am looking forward to producing scenery for it. Perhaps one day we'll see the entire country in a nice resolution in Aerofly, and I'd want to be the one to release it. Until then, though, I'll stick with smaller areas of interest, such as the Alps and Southern Lakes area.Last updated:
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