For 12 years PMDG have been developing and releasing products just for FSX, This has now changed!
As you may know, PMDG have taken some time in beginning the process of moving the development process in the direction of support for Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D simulation platform, as well as Xplane 10.
This process was slow because it was necessary to map out a development process that would allow them to begin supporting multiple platforms without disrupting there existing product line.
They are planning to role out some previews over the next couple of weeks that will give you some idea as to what the final product will be like.
That lighting in P3D was said to be one of the things that initially struck the development team, the P3D lighting is outstanding and the change in the lighting in the simulation is dynamic, just like the real world.
Robert Randazzo said in a statement “Active shadowing models have been introduced to lend an incredible sense of realism and depth to the simulation” This is something that couldn’t really be achieved in FSX and now that P3D supports this, it can be utilized.
Switching into a inside view of the cockpit, this new lighting comes into its element. It is stunning the amount of shadowing inside the cockpit. It comes from the frames of the windows and cast shadows in the seats and everything in the cockpit.
For those who are familiar with the PMDG product line. You will be pleased to know that they anticipate to release P3D versions of their 737 and also there J41. This is great news for those that don’t currently fly the 777.
They have also said that the 747 will also be available in the P3D platform. “As well as a new project that is nearing beta-test..” Said Robert Randazzo. So as well as releasing most of there products into P3D, they also plan on releasing a new one!
They have also anticipated that they plan to release the PMDG 777-200LR/F for P3D and the PMDG 777-300ER for P3D before the end of the year.
They are also working hard on the conversion of the product line to the new platforms, while also evaluating what will be required of them if P3D decide the switch to x64.
However they are not planning on making any functional changes to the 777, but they did they that if they end up doing so, they will update both platforms with the updates.
The PMDG 737NGX is anticipated to be released on the P3D platform in the 1st Quarter of 2015. But they did mention that they are going to be working on a much larger update for the NGX and that they haven’t scheduled any development resources for it yet.
PMDG BAe Jetstream 4100 will also be available for P3D in the 1st Quarter of 2015.
What is pleasing is that they have said that the 747-400v2.0 is planned to be available for P3D almost immediately after or upon the release in FSX. “We are prepping for the first preview of this product… wahoo!” says Robert Randazzo one of the development team at PMDG.
On the subject of Pricing and license availability, they are not yet able to answer these questions as they are still working on final details with there licensing partners. They have however said that once they have them nailed down that they will pass them along.
Overall this wasn’t just a look inside the world of the PMDG 777 development for P3D. It turned into a look inside the whole of the development for P3D.