There are growing concerns among me and my group of friends who, like all of you, play Infinite Flight, and are well aware of the dynamics, demographics, and developments of the community of Infinite Flight players. Although a series of new updates have been released, all of which dramatically change the landscape and dynamics of IF, there are still many unfilled requests for new aircraft and other peripheral features that help enhance the realism of IF.
First of all, the bulk of feature requests are for new aircraft additions as well as remasters of existing aircraft, particularly regional and short-haul single-aisle aircraft such as the C-Series and ATR42/72. As evidenced by my frequent monitoring of live maps, very few people fly regional and short-haul aircraft, and most opt for long haul widebody aircraft, despite the latter usually being less recent than the former within the game. Such is the case with the DHC8 and CRJ - despite them being relatively new additions to the game, their rates of usage are not as prevalent as something like an A330 or 787, by a long shot. This is what happens when a highly vocal minority group who wants one type of product manages to displace a silent majority that wants a wholly different product - the vocal minority’s demands are met, but at the cost of the silent majority who are stuck with a dilapidated inventory of outdated products. The vocal minority use a wide variety of excuses in an attempt to rationalize and justify their demands, such as arguing in favor of performance shortages in their aircraft, as well as making exorbitant claims that blatantly disrespect the majority of IF’s audience.
There are many aircraft that are in urgent need of a full remaster, as they have not been updated or kept current since the early releases, such as the A330, A340, A380, 747, 757, and 767. Although objectionable, most will agree that these aircraft should be prioritized over new aircraft additions at this stage (although I admit the A350 is a welcome addition,) and that the aforementioned aircraft, once remastered, have great potential to be highly desirable aircraft for a wide range of applications, by a long shot compared to short-haul aircraft. It is therefore imperative for the developers and upper management to prioritize remasters of existing aircraft over completely new additions to the lineup, despite what the vocal minorities claim.
If such a trend of prioritizing new aircraft additions over remasters of the current inventory is allowed to continue, it will soon prove highly unsustainable - there are hundreds of thousands of aircraft designs outside of IF’s lineup, and attempting to construct them for addition into IF’s inventory can call for unsustainable growth. Meanwhile, the existing inventory becomes obsolete relative to the new additions, meaning that players who are loyal to the existing inventory will be demoralized by the lack of improvement, potentially causing a loss of fanbase, as well as a migration of existing players to other more advanced products. In other words, this causes an imbalance in the dynamics of Infinite Flight’s aircraft inventory, as well as inconsistencies that can damage the user experience.
I know not everyone will agree with my words, and that nobody is obliged to agree with one another - we live in a free and democratic society where people are entitled to their own opinions and are encouraged to willingly defend or change their own opinions. I would like to hear what others have to say regarding this issue, though I do advise that human decency be maintained in the comments section. Thank you very much.