Just because something hasn’t been added yet doesn’t mean it won’t ever be seen. Though I do agree that there has been some bias towards the North American liveries, I do not agree that votes never work. I’m sure the staff has taken into account this livery, as well as any other feature requests. One good example of this was the ANA 777-300ER. Though there were many votes, it simply wasn’t enough to push it into the update. Many of us from ANVA were very upset, and probably share the same feelings many of you do when you guys don’t feel that votes do anything:
I’d honestly like to know the rational behind not adding this livery. Because from mine and many other people’s point of view you added other liveries with FAR less votes, and those liveries quite frankly won’t really get flown that much. Not to mention the IRL importance of the livery, with just a quick Wikipedia search you can see how ANA has more 77Ws then the likes of Air New Zealand, United, and so many other liveries in game.
So we know that those two things don’t go into adding a livery. I mean do you guys feel like the 772 compensated for the lack of 77W? Well then what about American, United, KLM, Air France? They have both, and United has 2 772 liveries, and KLM has the orange pride too? That can be the reason either can it? I mean I’m honestly just a little confused here and like many others would like some sort of explanation.
Let’s also look at this from a business perspective. Which is going to be a better choice, a Crystal livery that will probably get flown around less then 40 times a month, or the ANA which will easily be flown 100+ times? You guys need people (us) to fly and enjoy flying, so why take that away by not adding what WE obviously want? It kind of baffles me to be honest.
But I’ll tell you this, we’re not gonna stop pushing until we see this livery, weather we need 150, 200, or 250 votes. It took Air India around 200 votes, if that’s the case we’ll rise above that benchmark to get this added. The sooner you guys add this livery, the better off everyone (the developers, IFC moderators, and especially the pilots aka the customers) will be.
(@KIND9624 , ANVA CEO)
And even though we were upset, we still had to show our support. And after gaining 200+ votes from the community, Infinite Flight’s Co-Founder, Phillipe said:
There are a few things we need to consider from a technical standpoint when adding more livery (we already have a hundreds!!)
- each new livery increases our bandwidth cost since that livery need to be streamed to each user who is close to another pilot using that livery in live (even if they didn’t select it for themselves).
- the more different livery a user is surrounded with in live, the more memory it will use. Each recent livery takes ~80MB of memory … having as little as 10 aircraft around you would take 800MB of memory just for the liveries . We mitigate this by loading a lower resolution of each livery for other pilots but it is still a significant amount of memory.
- it affects the experience. Ever wonder why it sometimes takes a long time to see other aircraft in Live? downloading and loading liveries is what takes time.
- it cost time and money to create many liveries
That being said, we have some ideas how to dramatically improve our livery management in the future which would help us with most of those issues but it might take some time.
So if something that already has a lot of votes doesn’t get added instantly, we have to remember that there is more than one factor that plays a role into adding a livery.