As many of you have likely noticed, this morning we teased Multiplayer Replay on social media.
Naturally, with that announcement, we’re getting lots of great questions! To help out, here is some further clarification for you. The first iteration of this will very likely be on the expert server and only for IFATC. This means that pilots won’t have replay ability, however, this could change before the release!
ATC replay will show an exact replay of the controller’s entire session. This means they can replay the session and scan the replay for key events. Warnings to pilots are denoted by yellow bars on the timeline, and red lines are reports (ghosts). Just relying on screenshots will be a thing of the past when this feature is released as controllers will be able to pinpoint an exact scenario and either take more screenshots or record a screen capture video.
Please note that this is still very much a work in progress and our beta testers are testing both ATC and Pilot replay. Pilot replay needs a bit more work, but it’s coming along very nicely! The idea behind that is that you’ll be able to replay your entire flight exactly as if it were in real time (same aircraft around you, same control surface animations (flaps, spoilers, etc), etc. You’ll be able to pause, scrub, and skip backward and forwards in your flight. The data will be stored in a replay file on your device and the filesize is surprisingly small, so you’ll barely even notice the storage requirement. More on replay files later!
We’ll share more about this later! If you have questions, feel free to ask but we may not be able to answer yet. Again, this will roll out to IFATC first on the expert server, unless we’re able to reach more development milestones than initially anticipated. We have more in the development pipe for future releases that our non-replay developers are hard at work on, which we’ll share in due time!
We’re excited to bring this cool new feature to you soon!