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TrueEarth Great Britain South for X-Plane 11 is coming in hot!

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The much anticipated announcement regarding the first iteration of TrueEarth GB was made at the Flight Simulator Show 2018 yesterday. Without exception their presentation in the lecture hall at RAF Cosford was greeted by 200 jaws dropping to the floor!

This is going to be a real game changer and due to the initial release for X-Plane 11 will boost their short term sales for a few months until the initial release for P3D is available, and later on AF 2 as well?

Anyway, her is a copy of Aimee's release announcement of Orbx's forum yesterday, inside information indicates the product will be live in 710 days for X-Plane.

Anyway, let's cut to the chase, here are the public details in full as we know it thanks to Orbx's forums:

 

Earlier this year, we announced that we would be developing TrueEarth Great Britain for X-Plane 11. Our X-Plane team headed up by specialist Tony Wroblewski has been working tirelessly to bring you the first title in the series, TrueEarth Great Britain South. TrueEarth Great Britain for X-Plane is series of three with GB Central and GB North to follow in the coming months.

 

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We always intended to release TrueEarth Great Britain as three separate regions, just like we did for the original UK FTX Regions. However, we cannot release them based on geographical boundaries as with did for the FTX regions, because the only correct way to distribute mesh based sceneries for X-Plane is using 1-degree tiles. For this reason we have split GB into South, Central and North as you can see in the map. We will also split TrueEarth GB for P3Dv4 and AFS2 in the same way to keep the product line consistent between simulators.

 

GB South covers a whopping 42,000 square miles (107,349 km2) and covers Southern England and Wales. We have developed new autogen technology especially for X-Plane which allows for region specific houses to be placed accurately to ensure maximum immersion.

 

What really makes TrueEarth Great Britain unique, are the Points of Interest. We have hundreds of iconic UK landmarks from Tintagel to Cardiff City Stadium, from the Brighton Pier up to Buckingham Palace in London – all based on 2018 data - You won’t find a more comprehensive and up-to-date British flying experience anywhere!

 

Features:

 

  • 42,000 square miles (107349 km2) of hand corrected, crisp, color-matched aerial imagery
  • New autogen technology developed specially for X-Plane 11, allowing thousands of realistic looking UK-themed houses to be placed at a realistic height with minimal impact on performance
  • 130 million trees at the correct height and location
  • 13.2 million buildings at the correct height and location
  • VFR landmarks such as masts, windfarms, churches, power-lines, and lighthouses are all accurately placed.
  • Hundreds of custom-modelled 3D POIs
  • Hand-placed and custom modelled landmarks placed throughout the scenery such as bridges, skyscrapers, castles, piers, and monuments – this is especially noticeable in city areas such as London and along the coast.
  • Sharp and detailed 10-meter mesh brings out stunning detail in natural features such as hills and beaches
  • Superb watermasking along the entire coastline
  • Accurate road and rail network blended into the aerial imagery with moving left-hand drive traffic.
  • Control Panel option to use photoreal major roads/motorways or synthetic X-Plane ones.
  • Summer season only with full night-lighting supported

 

We have also added a new built-in decompression feature in FTX Central to greatly reduce the download size (approx 35GB instead of 90GB) ensuring an efficient installation process.

 

In addition to these features, users will get free service packs for life as well as more POI models in future updates.

 

TrueEarth GB South will be available to purchase from OrbxDirect this month for AUD $54.95 (approx. USD $39.55 / €33.95 / £30.60)

 

Please note that there is no cross-grade discount from the landclass-based FTX England, Wales or Scotland regions.

 

Here are three shots taken by Jarrad Marshall

Using ReShade 0.19.1 / SweetFX

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Here are nearly 90 screenshots taken by Filou on the following system: 

i7 4790K / GTX 1080 / 24 MEMORY/ SSD

Shaders: ReShade 0.19.1 / SweetFX / MaxxFX

Weather: Ultra Weather XP / xEnviro v1.09 

 

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A few more things to mention:

  • These screenshots are from the Beta2 build. We’ll be sharing many more shots from Beta3 in the coming days which has even more 3D POI models, texturing and further improvements
  • All of the Orbx FTX England and Wales airports are in the process of being ported to XP11 right now, and EGHI Southampton, EGFF Cardiff and EGKA Shoreham will be released very soon after TrueEarth GB South is out - we will demo those at Cosford. All the Orbx UK airports will be available for XP11 before the end of the year.
  • The P3Dv4 version of TrueEarth GB South is about 60% complete and we’re aiming for release by the end of the year.
  • After Great Britain, we begin development of TrueEarth regions in the USA from early 2019, beginning with Pacific Northwest!

Go to Orbx Direct!

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Absolutely stunning work Orbx.

Can't wait for the P3D version.

Thanks everyone.

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I wonder if there any compatibility issues with other third part add ons like i have Aerosoft EGLL and Pilot Plus Southampton 

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13 hours ago, phil white said:

I wonder if there any compatibility issues with other third part add ons like i have Aerosoft EGLL and Pilot Plus Southampton 

Spoke with Joe from Pilotplus about that on Saturday and he said it should be fine, only issue I can see is how things like grass blend in when their airports are sat on top ORBX, JV also said most should be fine, I am guessing they will have looked at a few of the major players...

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This looked really good at Cosford, I was impressed by what I saw, this for me is a gamechanger as it now shows that some of the larger devs including the likes of ORBX and JF are firmly behind XP and the challenges of a forever changing platform..

I did have on e guy moaning about the cost but like JV said to him "we are always having sales"......

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