Get your popcorn because I’m sure the replies will be some interesting ones
The one variant policy: Personally I think it’s somewhat fine for new additions, but definitely a step in the wrong direction for reworks.
Imagine we’re in 2024 and we see this:
Imagine a new player seeing this in 2024. How would they possibly be willing to spend $10 a month or $80 a year if they see the developers can’t even rework a full family, even more so when they see something like the 777s:
This new player might think: “So they CAN rework a whole family, however the developers are now plain lazy, not gonna spend my money on this garbage with lazy devs”. Congrats, you just lost a potential subscriber! And I myself, and many other already playing the sim, already have similar feelings. Why would someone keep paying to have incomplete reworks (with that I mean not having the full families reworked), especially when it’s pretty much adding or removing parts of the fuselage?
Another point I’d like to make here is the recent addition of the A330neo. Perhaps it was a very bad decision by IF’s part of adding the -900 instead of reworking the -200F (which apparently won’t be reworked anytime soon) and adding the -200, which has A LOT more liveries (and people supposedly want more diversity). While, yes, shrinking or stretching a fuselage should take quite a bit of work, so should making a completely new engine and wingtip models.
At the end of the day, the developers will need to rework every aircraft, so why not do a whole family now instead of leaving it untouched for many more years, to then have to rework the not reworked variants years later with a development of years ago? “Oh let’s do it with the latest tech!” In that case, the devs probably would rework the already reworked variants to keep consistency, which then makes the previous rework a total waste.
While another option would be leave it as is to rework every variant years later, the community simply won’t allow that, as proof, some rework threads have well over 1000 votes, showing that specific rework is in very high demand. And the people who voted for these expect a complete rework, with every variant in-game being reworked, not just 1. At the end of the day, “the costumer is always right”. Otherwise, why would the costumer keep paying instead of moving on to a competitor that really values that policy, or even save for a PC and fly MFS2020 or XP11, never to be seen in mobile again?