britfrog 180 Posted August 23, 2014 Report Share Posted August 23, 2014 Having spoken to quite a few around the trade it is obvious that choosing the right airport or region to create for FSX is getting harder and harder, especially as it needs to be profitable, otherwise there is no point in doing it. If we look at what is currently available in the UK , virtually every major airport has been reproduced as well as most of the small ones, Ok some are not as well detailed as perhaps the latest technology permits but would it be financially viable to do them again? There is a new Heathrow due very shortly, not by UK2000 , I wonder if those that have the latest uk2000 version will buy it? yes we may want a slightly better portrayal but it may not be as frame friendly, do we take the risk and put our hands in our pocket ? or are we reasonably happy with what we have? Take UK scenery, 2 companies have already made photoscenery 1 better than the other , is there room for a higher detailed scenery, I suggest those of us with uk photoscenery are reasonably pleased with it , would we like higher definition? I think we would , but would we be prepared to put our hands in our pockets??? well that is a more difficult question. If we look at Orbx , it is reasonably obvious that they caught a cold in the UK despite producing very good airports, rumour has it the only profitable airport was Southampton, that being the case why didnt we buy it let alone the foreigners.? Population wise the US seems to have more disposable income than we do, and it would appear that whoever produces an american airport/scenery it seems to do well, hence many UK developers are busy making US scenery, but there is only so much you can make before it reaches saturation. OK there are a few fanatics who will buy anything that orbx makes and some have an impressive list of purchases on their signature, but I wonder how many they actually use on a regular basis? There are also US companies making scenery so it will not be long before all the major US airports are covered by someone. Where do the developers go then? where is there a big market place that will buy enough to make it worthwhile? France is covered by France VFR their airports are not top notch , they are not intended to be, as their MD has said to me , it simply isnt financially worth while, yes make something better than the stock FSX issue but that is all, when they did make highly detailed airports a few years ago, they never sold enough to make a profit. Germany (another big market) is also quite well covered with most major airports available through Aerosoft or someone similar Austria already is partially covered and will be finished this year, likwise Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands , Spain, Portugal, again some of the airfileds could be better in these countiries but how many would buy? Scandinavia has been partially done and orbx is supposed to be doing Norway, but isnt Norway a double of the PNW ? the names are different but the scenery very similar. So where to? South America????, well I suppose there must be quite a few simmers there after all carenado and alabeo are from Peru but there is virtually nothing been made for there in the way of scenery, is that region the last Eldorado? It would be a brave person to put his toe in the water there I fancy, I could be wrong though. Africa????? Whilst I see people flying there in Vatsim I wonder how many would buy a highly detailed Sailor Malan airport. so where is left? eastern Europe? well even the russians are not making anything there and their costs are lower than ours, Greece? well most of the interesting airports have been done, but no photoscenery! why? perhaps it is a deeply guarded secret , remember you can still be thrown in jail there if you photograph an airport, so what chance getting hold of aerial photography?? like wise the Balkans. There are a few small devs making reasonable efforts with the Balkan airports , they are not top drawer stuff ,but adequate and at 8 euros a throw they dont break the bank. Perhaps the far east, they have big populations , but enough simmers? Does China turn you on? huge area , amazing scenery lots of big airports ------- , Aerofly is looking for devs to make new scenery and airports, graphicly their stuff is excellent but again are there enough people using it to make it worthwhile? is XP10 going to be the saviour?? or P3D?? I have just learnt that version 2.3 has broken many of the backward looking code so now it is virtually impossible to make an FSX airport compatible with P3D, it is one or the other are sales good enough in P3D to warrant devs make the plunge, or would it be best to wait for the 64 bit prog which will no doubt be different again. However you look at it time is running short for our dev's if they cant make a living, and that is bad for our hobby. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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