While I was browsing the Features category, I noticed that there are quite a lot of livery requests. I don’t think that FDS would be able to handle half of them, because of the immense amount.
So here’s my idea:
Open Source Livery Templates
How does it work?
FDS provides us with a clean template for each and every airplane. Users can use those templates to create new liveries for the game. They can send this livery to FDS via the forum or maybe a special Google docs page. FDS will control and test the livery before adding it to the game if it fulfills all the standards.
Why do we need this?
There are so many amazing liveries flying all around the world. It is impossible to add all of them in IF, especially when there are many other things that need improvement in the game. This idea would allow FDS to focus on more important stuff, while the community creates new and realistic liveries for the game.
How do we prevent trolls?
Well, first of all: It takes some effort to download a template, create a livery and upload it. I don’t think that a lot of trolls will do this just for fun. You could also set up some requirements, like that every livery has to be real. The creator will have to provide a real life picture of the aircraft. This will prevent fake liveries. But of course, there’ll always be trolls.
One more thing…
It’s basically a win/win situation. Users who really want to have a livery could simply create them, and FDS won’t have to do everything alone. I am 100% sure, that there are a lot of very talented designers in this community.
Happy landings, everyone!