Hello Infinite Flight Community!,
I come before you today, to address Infinite Flight’s current airplane count. Infinite Flight’s airplane count has not been touched on in quite a while, and with the recent evolution of IF’s capabilities, I think it is time to revisit this issue.
What is This Feature Request For?
I am writing this feature request, to improve IF’s multiplayer airplane count, and make more airplanes visible, especially at busy airports.
What is “the issue”?
Well, the issue is this: Infinite Flight’s live airplane count is lacking. Even on the highest airplane count setting, only 5-6 other aircraft are ever visible. This severely limits the aesthetic of a hub or FNF airport. There are times where you may be waiting in line for departure, and can’t even see the plane landing, despite being right next to the runway. Being unable to see landing traffic severely limits the multiplayer experience. You should not need to play with username tags on, to be able to see landing traffic. I like to keep username tags off to keep things realistic when in cockpit view, but this isn’t always possible when at a busy airport. This problem severely limits the gameplay experience at busy airports, as it doesn’t feel as busy as it really is.
The problem extends beyond piloting, but to ATC too. As an IFATC specialist, I’ve found it incredibly difficult at times to control Tower and or Ground frequencies. Being unable to see aircraft makes judging distance hard, and takes away from an otherwise realistic experience.
I’ve even noticed that almost no posts on Infinite Flight’s social media pages, or any community members’ photos in #screenshots-and-videos are taken from a hub airport, because it’s impossible to even view the traffic.
“But it’s a mobile game”
True, Infinite Flight is a mobile game. However, over the last year or so, the devs have been incredibly hard at work increasing the capabilities of IF’s software. If just two years ago, someone would’ve told me that we’d have buildings in 2021, I would’ve called them crazy. And yet here we are, using a mobile sim with 3D buildings already in Beta testing.
Over the last couple of years, an incredible amount of work has been done to improve the simulator. With all of these improvements, I really hope airplane count hasn’t been disregarded by my fellow community members. The maximum number of visible aircraft hasn’t changed at all (as far as I am aware) since the release of global, many years ago.
I truly think that Infinite Flight now has the capability to show more visible aircraft. I’m not asking to see all 100 aircraft in FNF airspace. Just enough to bring the multiplayer experience up to date, and to improve the player experience.
Please let me know if you agree, or have any criticism about this idea. I clearly am not a developer, but as a consumer, I feel as though it may finally be possible, and time to increase live airplane count on multiplayer.