First off, this is not feedback on the 20.2 beta. This is a humble critique of the general direction I see IF going.
When I started IF years ago, the main thing that blew me away was the perfection of their aircraft. Yes, they didn’t all have things like interactive cockpits or opening doors but they looked absolutely incredible (not counting very early ones). This seemed liked IF’s bread and butter until about a year ago. The release of the A350 with a cartoonishly sized cockpit was truly a shock to me. After all, this was the most highly requested/most anticipated aircraft in IF history. The fact that it doesn’t seem like a priority to fix was just as surprising. I’d hoped this was a one off error but having seen the new 777, it’s undeniable that it’s exterior (particularly it’s nose area and liveries) is a step in the wrong direction. Yes, the 2013 77W didn’t have opening doors or a working cockpit. But it somehow looked more like a real 77W than the one we have now (see ANZ image below). Yes it’s a beta, but it sounds like we won’t see major changes before release. If someone could point to a livery issue in the 2013 77W as severe as any of the ones posted below, please let me know.
It’s not a given that IF’s aircraft will improve over time. I see us moving in the direction of more features but less attention to detail. In other words, there are plenty of flight sims out there with tons of features (trees, ground vehicles, buildings, etc) but they look awful. Sure those things are nice, but it’s not worth sacrificing how your aircraft look for them.
If the 787 is ever reworked, consider utilizing the existing model instead of starting from scratch. I don’t think whoever’s creating them these days is as good as the team from 2016.
The move towards more features but less attention to detail concerns me considerably. This is just my opinion but I think it’s an important conversation for the community to have. Thanks for your time.
Examples for context:
(Not beta feedback)
And the most severe (to me at least):
I’d be very interested to hear other people’s opinions on all this. Perhaps others are willing to trade how the aircraft look for more features. Either way, I think I speak for most of the community when I say- we’re willing to wait to get high quality aircraft. Thanks for coming to my Ted talk. ✈️