I’m of the opinion that liveries which have never existed in real life or whose future is unclear should not be a part of Infinite Flight’s livery catalog. I would propose, going forward, that liveries only be included if they physically existed on that aircraft, or if they will soon. Please vote in the poll to help demonstrate how the community overall feels, and read below for a more in-depth argument. Thanks!
So today I wanted to bring up a discussion on something that was somewhat relevant before 19.4, and is now even more so considering liveries introduced on the newest addition to the fleet, the A350. I wanted to get people’s opinions on the addition of liveries that do not exist in real life, to see if I’m the only one slightly bothered by this (which is possible) or if there is a wider group that agrees or disagrees with the issue.
To be clear, this is not supposed to be in any way an attack on the 3D artists that make all these incredibly detailed and accurate liveries possible. In fact, one of the top reasons why I enjoy Infinite Flight so much is because of the hundreds of accurate liveries we get to choose from, so this doesn’t come from a place of malice at all.
We have multiple liveries (listed below) which were either canceled, or have not been delivered yet. They are (roughly speaking, I may have missed one or two):
- Transaero 747-8 and A380 (DNE)
- Air Austral A380 (DNE)
- UPS A330F (DNE)
- Delta 787-8 (DNE)
- Emirates A350 (Ordered for delivery in multiple years)
- KLM A350 (DNE)
- United A350 (Ordered and deferred multiple times)
- Aer Lingus A350 (Uncertain future based on this topic)
Now, Jarno helped clarify the reason that the KLM A350 was added as a livery, shown below. This is a perfectly valid explanation, and I assume it applies to most of the above options.
Here’s my rationale. I realize that a lot of people will respond to this and tell me to just “not fly it” likely with some form of “idiot” behind it… Fine. For me, I think realism, which Infinite Flight goes to such great lengths to attain, is hindered by providing options for liveries that do not exist. For example, I cringe when I see other simulators offer custom or “non-existent” liveries, since that detracts from everyone’s experience.
Airline orders change all the time, so it is incredibly hard to be certain that an airlines has a specific aircraft type until it is literally in their hands. Also, the designs may change, etc. (To be clear, I have no issue with liveries that used to fly. It is the ones that never existed which I don’t necessarily prefer). As such, I think it would be logical to avoid making these liveries until it is all but certain they will be delivered in real life.
Now I’m sure a few fans of the above airlines will attack me, because it’s obviously fun to fly in an aircraft of your favorite company. Sure, it definitely is, and I happen to be a fan of these liveries. However, as the argument is given for the many liveries that don’t yet exist in the game, generic is a perfectly valid substitution to “imagine” the livery of your choice.
So in an ideal world, I’d support removing these liveries and enjoying the hundreds of other real-life liveries that currently exist and the many more that have yet to be added on current and future aircraft. However, this may not be feasible, so perhaps just moving forward, it would be nice to prevent non-existent liveries being added into the game.
I put in a poll for other community members to vote on whether they agree or disagree with this and the above points. Please comment as well about this, just please stay civil. I’m open to criticism, and yes I’m sure there will be a few “it’s not completely realistic anyways, get over it” comments. Fine. It’s just that based on 19.4 there is a trend towards including more of these liveries, which is why I decided to post this to gain more opinions. And the developers do take note of community input.
- Discard non-existent liveries in Infinite Flight and in the future refrain from adding potential liveries until that livery is operating or sure to be delivered in real life.
- Discard older liveries that never existed (on A380 and 748) when those are reworked, but keep liveries that could exist in the future (on A350). In the future, refrain from adding liveries until those liveries are sure to be delivered.
- In the future, refrain from adding liveries to Infinite Flight until those liveries are sure to be delivered, but keep all current non-existent liveries.
- Add liveries without depending on what may occur in the future/completely matching real life.