FDS recently announced that they will ship a couple new planes and other features later this year. We’ll be able to fly the Socata TBM930, a renewed version of the A-10 and the CRJ-200/-900/-1000. In addition to the new planes, we’ll also get to see 15m imagery in South America as well as a Replay mode in Live and some performance updates.
Given that a lot of users always wanted some GA planes, everyone should be exited by that news. I mean, what’s better than a new GA aircraft? Correct! Two of them (Yeah, one is a fighter, but it’s not an airliner, so it’s fine).
But now? I see a lot of complains. It’s basically always the same. Something like “Oh, why did they choose that one? The other one had much more votes!” or “I want the A330 or the A350!”. Or “Why don’t they listen to the community? We pay for the game!”.
To be honest, I got annoyed reading everything and replying to each and every one of them. So I thought, I could open a little thread.
Are you kidding me guys?
FDS doesn’t listen to us? Come on! They added the MD-11/DC-10 because of us. They added the CRJ because of us. They added Global because of us (they’d probably have added that one anyway, but it was a big feature suggestion, so yeah). My point is: They do listen. They do watch the suggestions category. Of the many new features that are definitely going to be added in the future, at least 3 of them have been feature suggestions.
Now, it might be possible that they won’t add the feature with the highest number of votes. So? It’s THEIR simulator. It’s THEIR game. One plus one is two, so it’s THEIR decision. If they decide not to add for example the A350 because it’s quite new even though it had the highest number of votes, than it’s fine. We have to accept that. They added something else instead. And if Laura prefers her favorite plane, the TBM930 over the PC-12, which has more votes, than it’s fine as well. The differences in the game would have been minor anyway. The planes are quite similar.
Yes, we do pay for the simulator. But we don’t pay them to add what we want. We pay them to use what we have right now. We can suggest things. We can vote for things. We can dream, and pray, and hope, and create petitions, and write a letter, and create a television spot, and become the President of the United States to get the stuff added we want. But we can’t force FDS to add it. It’s their game. It’s their decision.
So, to bring this novel to an end, I want to add one last thing:
Yes, I did vote for the PC-12. Yes, I’d love to see some other stuff in the game as well. That’s natural. But I’m not complaining. I prefer to look forward to what’s coming next, to look forward to use the new stuff, and to look forward to what comes afterwards. FDS has never disappointed us. And even though they added something in the past that might not have been the thing with the highest number of votes, I think we all enjoy it today anyway.
And with that being said: Have great day, or night. Enjoy flying. God save the Queen. Happy Landings. Greetings from the land of Chocolate and Cheese.