Hello, Infinite Flight Pilots!
As winter (hopefully) starts to loosen its grip on those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we thought it would be a great time to update you on a few things, as well as give you a bit of a look into some future planning.
We’re getting excited for this update while we put finishing touches on it and finish up some bug testing and development work. We’ll be breaking from tradition momentarily here by pushing an update that doesn’t contain any aircraft, aircraft features, or liveries. Fear not though, because we do have several aircraft in development. No, I’m not going to share what those are just yet. Please bear with us as we get 19.1 released and put through its paces!
19.1 will feature Multiplayer (Live) Replay for ATC as you know. We can also now confirm that live replay for pilots will also come in this release! And all the pilots rejoiced. We had to wait until now to confirm this 100% since we didn’t want an unfinished product to prevent us from releasing something that was indeed otherwise ready to ship. I’ll be working on another social media teaser or two before launch that will showcase the pilot side of Live Replay. Note: this new version of live replay will also replace solo mode replay, so you won’t have a replay time limit anymore.
From time to time, we have to work on things that are a little less exciting, but needed. 19.1 will also contain a few of these things, such as a new way to download aircraft and liveries. Instead of your device needing to store all aircraft and liveries just to fly it once, we’ll download only what’s needed, seamlessly so you hardly notice. I’ll go more in-depth with this in our release announcement at a later date. A gate size restriction feature is making its way into this update, and we’ll also push some other optimizations and bug fixes. More details coming.
Aircraft are in the works! We currently have 3 aircraft in development that should all be released over the course of this year. One of them may slide into 2020 pending some development challenges, but we have a cool plan to keep you in the loop on this. More details on that later! 👀
If you’re wondering where to find us this year in person, look no further! We’ll be exhibiting this year at FlightSimExpo in Orlando, Florida (tickets here ↗︎). We’re also very excited to be exhibiting for the first time at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! This is the meca of all things aviation and this year’s theme is the 50th anniversary of the mighty queen of the skies, the Boeing 747. You can get tickets and information about the event here. Be sure to stop by if you’re in attendance. We’ll be in the Epic Aircraft Exhibit Hangar C all week long. For our UK friends, Flight Sim Show 2019 is happening over a 2 day period this year, however calls for exhibitors haven’t gone out yet. We’ll keep you in the loop to confirm whether or not Infinite Flight will be there.
Lately, there has been a lot of community discussion around how subscription dollars are spent and how that applies to feature requests. I have replied to these concerns a lot publicly and privately, but my goal over the next few months is to illustrate this more over a series of blog articles. If you’re new to the blog, a good starting point is the article Work and Rework, where I’ve gone into some detail explaining why we make some of the decisions we do. In future articles, I’ll go into more detail to explain how we stream our data, and development challenges we face when met with the challenges our users request of us. If you’re a techy and want to know exactly how things are rendered in Infinite Flight and what challenges the developers face in doing this, we’ll have a post for you too! Curious to know why clouds and buildings don’t exist yet in the sim? We’ll cover that too.
In closing, I’d like to encourage everyone to stay as positive as they can on the forum. We truly value your feedback, and we’re much more excited to read and consider it when it’s done in a kind way! In addition to that, thank-you to our community moderators who work around the clock as volunteers to keep our forum organized. Props to these amazing people!
I’ll be back with more, but until then, happy landings!