• Flight Sim World - One Year Later

    Flight Sim World

    On May 3rd 2017, Dovetail Games dropped a trailer onto their YouTube Channel, showcasing a new simulator in line with their 'World' simulators. Train Sim World had entered early access with CSX: Heavy Haul earlier in the year, and it was now time for flight to join with the series. It also came with a message at the end - All owners of Flight School would receive the new game absolutely free! Dovetail Games are sometimes seen as a pariah to free upgrades and bonuses with their Train Simulator series, a topic for another time, but to see this brand-new simulator only days away from release (especially looking so clean and modern), definitely opened a number of eyes to the future of where things were going.

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    The simulator came packaged with seven aircraft by default. These were:

    • Piper PA-18 Super Cub (wheels and water skis)
    • Piper PA-28 Cherokee
    • Diamond DA40 Star
    • Diamond DA42 Twin Star
    • Piper PA-34 Seneca
    • Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage
    • Vans RV7

    Two more aircraft also made their way into the simulator as third-party paid add-ons. These were the Piper PA-28R Arrow III from Just Flight and the Curtiss P40-F Warhawk by BlueSkyFS.

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    Soon after release, reactions to the simulator were mixed, to say the least. While some praised it for adding a new product to the market and adding variety to the way we flew, others criticised it for the lack of add-ons and aircraft it came with, many citing the lack of jetliners. Dovetail for months would release weekly Thursday updates which would fix the stability of the platform and minimise crashes while working on aircraft to ensure they flew as lifelike as possible with bug fixes made throughout its lifecycle.

    When August came, the first major upgrade to the platform came in the form of TrueSKY clouds, which looked phenomenal! There were a few minor graphical glitches known as 'swirly clouds' at the very beginning, but these were fixed by the next day. In my opinion these clouds really brought new life to the platform. These were truly dynamic and volumetric, meaning billboarding was finally a thing of the past. Combined with an upgrade to sky colors at the same time, this created some really fantastic visual effects!

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    The Flight Sim Show 2017 at RAF Cosford was also the first show that Flight Sim World would be featured at. Here they had a fairly large stand that attracted many users to the simulator. We also had a seminar with the project lead Stephen Hood towards the end of the day. Whilst he had been criticised in the past, he was very open about the future of the simulator and a lot of opinions were changed. While many hadn't seen much from Flight Sim World beforehand, his talk filled the community with hope, especially with what was in-store for 2018 with the announcement of both a career mode and private jet coming into the game. The only thing they lacked was someone who specialised in flight dynamics, but this was a search that was very much ongoing for them.

    Around November 2017, a survey was sent to everybody who owned Flight Sim World. This included a few questions on what we would like to see added to the platform, as well as a list of 46 items that we would order in order of importance. Soon after that, everything went quiet.

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    8 Comments
    1. b52bob's Avatar
      b52bob -
      This was a great sim with great potential. It was killed in all directions - Steam’s rumored control of third party add ons, backlash from developers, criticism from the community and the impression that Steam was just money grabbing. I liked it, supported it, and still have it on my system. It was a mess brought about by all sides. Have gone to XP-11, deleted FSX, and use P3D rarely only for those aircraft not in XP.
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      I agree with review. It wasn't a bad sim, but wasn't compelling enough to have in addition to FSX, P3D or X-Plane11. The market simply was saturated and FSW didn't offer anything which stood out to make it a "must-have". Personally I didn't like the scenery that much as the trees didn't blend well and stood out too prominently. I also found their new cloud technology a bit strange as it created a FLIR-like image when inside them and looked like cellophane plastic from the outside.
    1. eric5150's Avatar
      eric5150 -
      The best thing I thought Flight Sim World provided was better flight dynamics. I am soon to be a private pilot and when trying to practice spins and even stalls to a certain extent in both P3D and FSX, it is not realistic. In Flight Sim World, it was a lot more realistic with the way you would enter a spin/stall and the recovery. I still to this day cannot do a realistic spin in P3D or FSX. I obviously can get the plane to stall in both P3D and FSX but it does not mimic the real-world "feel" of stalls that well. (I also wish that FSW came with a Cessna like I fly in the real-world)

      The thing that killed FSW is the monetary structure of addons and not trusting creators outside of FSW. You need to give free reign to other creators as that is what has made FSX and P3D an excellent sim in terms of scenery, addons, aircraft. I tried X-Plane 11 but it is too foreign for me and even though it has made leaps and bounds in scenery creation, it still is not enough for me.

      I'm now, after reading this article, reinstalling FSW to relive it with my new computer (Core [email protected] GeForce 2080 RTX OC). We'll see how much better it is now.
    1. vegad's Avatar
      vegad -
      Good article. Thank you. FSW was/is a very good sim killed by greed. DTG reps did initially say devs would have to sell via Steam but revised their statement saying they didn't want to alter the existing ecosystem. Major P3D/FSX devs were sore they didn't get Microsoft to allow their consortium to build on ESP but went solely with DTW. They started a negative campaign driven by mob mentality that quickly scared folks from investing on FSW. Similar statements have already been released from some of the same developers/influencers about MS FS 2020 as a form of warning to Microsoft. Notice how quickly Microsoft clarified their position towards developers. All we have is hope that Microsoft doesn't turn greedy asking for a cut of each dev sales. If things turn out as the influential devs want it, I'm sure will still have to pay full price for the same airplanes in MS FS 2020 for one of the devs.
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      vegad, the new simulation from Microsoft is called Microsoft Flight Simulator, & NOT MS FS 2020.

      Us simmers should stick to the actual name of the forthcoming simulator, as stated by Microsoft themselves, & not made up names such as FS2019, FS2020 & the name now used by yourself.
    1. K0TNT's Avatar
      K0TNT -
      After seeing the early videos for FSW and the declaration that a six core was the minimum hardware needed, I managed to move to an 8 core computer that really runs rings around my old dual core that couldn't even load XP1)! Literally the week I bought the new computer came the news of FSW's demise. Fortunately I was able to get one of the last copies and it is really stunning. I run it from time to time ahead of FSX Steam and XP11. Altho XP11 has come a long way with addon aircraft, none approach the visual experience in FSW. Still my favorite despite some of the minor bugs and glitches. Former Link C-11 Instrument Trainer instructor, USAF.
    1. neilfb's Avatar
      neilfb -
      If Dovetail Games had one as I suggested and make a 64bit FSX then everything would have worked! Okay they wouldn't have made as much money but many people would have moved from FSX because of OOM's alone. It's a shame really I got the impression FSW was made by computer guys and not flightsim enthusiasts.
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zswobbie1 View Post
      vegad, the new simulation from Microsoft is called Microsoft Flight Simulator, & NOT MS FS 2020.

      Us simmers should stick to the actual name of the forthcoming simulator, as stated by Microsoft themselves, & not made up names such as FS2019, FS2020 & the name now used by yourself.
      Relax man. It is only a way to identify the one that he is talking about. It's the same way that the people call FS2004, FS9, yet use FSX and FS10 interchangeably.
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