While there are positives in the recent announcement by FDS such as the south america imagery and replay mode i simply do not understand why FDS are adding unnecessary aircraft into into the game. Let me explain.
While the TBM is a great aircraft, it isn’t what the community really wants or needs. while the release may cause hype and therefore new subs they won’t last past the end of the month. No one really wants new GA aircraft because hardly anyone flys them. GA aircraft only really provide substance in games like X plane or P3D where the players are interested in using it as an aid for development in their flight school development. Currently IF does not have the physics or realism to complete with the more complex flight sims. Because of this they will gain those types of players. With that this mind i believe this aircraft will suffer the same fate as other GA aircraft and not get used as much as other airliners do in the game .
While i love military aircraft i do feel this is a pointless exercise adding this into the game without any of development around it. Currently we have military aircraft with the primary use of them is to escort airliners in the game. I personally find this very boring. If we’re going to add military aircraft into the game FDS should at least make a meaningful attempt. Why not include 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 dogfights into the game or bombing missions into the for the new reworked A10. Without exciting stuff like this i just feel military aircraft are pointless. I honestly think adding this into the game would give a new dimension and bring new players into the game who don’t want to spend hours waiting to use their phone again or the traveller who simply only has 30 mins on a train or bus ride before school or work. At the moment IF really restricts you to only use your phone when you have a wifi source.
While new aircraft are appreciated , i just feel this announcement is just adding new aircraft for the sake of it. FDS doesn’t have big resources so i personally would like them turn their attention on things the community want such as airliner reworks and improvement in game play.