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    Hello everyone,

    I imagine that there is a lot of excitement regarding FS2020 release, It is about time that a new Sim came out and one that would revolutionize the community. Now there are tons of questions regarding the package itself, system specs, third party involvement, and of course the date it will be released, I think I have a good idea when this will be, just follow the clues. To start the sims graphics are coming from Bing maps, I was checking out these maps and they are pretty amazing and cover most of the planet, another issue is that the sim is coming with only one season and I can guess it would be spring or summer since bing maps photo sats are in these 2 seasons. why only one season? well logic says that since scenery is from these maps it would be really hard to impose a fall or winter mesh thus ruining the maps itself. It makes sense that the release should be in spring or summer (northern hemisphere), it would be awkward to release it late in the year during the no season bing maps.

    Now the sim that they are going to release its just the core package where they cover the 3 basics, Scenery, Aerodynamics and Weather. I am sure that MS would be releasing other seasons once they get it on Bing maps and winter weather effects for there weather engine for a price of course witch is fine by me. I am imagine that third parties would jump right in creating seasons and new weather FXs. If the Sim comes out in summer and it has a good acceptance then I'm sure the Fall and Winter seasons will come out shortly.

    Best Wishes

    Oscar

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    They do not need seasonal satellite photos at all. They need only use procedurally generated effects...

    ...just as they have done with the snow. If you watch the time lapse carefully, you will see that the snow coverage grows over time, just as in real life. They have even managed to create "depth" to the snow as it piles up.

    Similar techniques can be used to adjust the color, texture, and number of leaves on trees (deciduous of course). Conifer's don't drop their leaves.

    Since they are using "Meteo" as their real-weather source, they can even 'melt' the snow procedurally in-reverse, diminishing the ground/building/tree object's coverage!

    The guys and gals at Asobo are absolutely brilliant at their art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n4gix View Post
    Conifer's don't drop their leaves.
    Do a search for larches.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larch?wprov=sfti1

    Although I suspect they could easily handle these ones too with Azure AI and procedural generation.

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    The released date is 23 December 2020 at 1:32 a.m. GMT...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by W2DR View Post
    The released date is 23 December 2020 at 1:32 a.m. GMT...............
    Well, it's 6 January and I haven't seen any indication of a release.

    BTW: When I try to get "Insider Information" from Microsoft, who I've been registered with for years, they ask me to join X-Box. Since I don't join X-Box they forward me to other products and try to get me to open a game charge account and when I won't do that try to sell me other products. I find no info "Insider" or otherwise or even a mention of MSFS2020 at their site.

    So, is FSMS2020 a rental or an X-Box property? Is it Vaporware to put more people on X-Box? etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    Well, it's 6 January and I haven't seen any indication of a release.
    Is it Vaporware to put more people on X-Box? etc.
    Well, still more than 300 days to go until 23rd Dec 2020.
    Since it's already in testing, it can't be Vaporware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    When I try to get "Insider Information" from Microsoft, who I've been registered with for years, they ask me to join X-Box. Since I don't join X-Box they forward me to other products and try to get me to open a game charge account and when I won't do that try to sell me other products. I find no info "Insider" or otherwise or even a mention of MSFS2020 at their site.
    This is the Insider site, where you can sign up or log in: https://www.flightsimulator.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger1962;2099460[B
    ]This is the Insider site, where you can sign up or log in: https://www.flightsimulator.com/
    Yes, that's exactly the site I'm talking about! I just went there again and they once again wanted me to join X-Box. I will restate again as I said before "Well, it's 6 January and I haven't seen any indication of a release.

    BTW: When I try to get "Insider Information" from Microsoft, who I've been registered with for years, they ask me to join X-Box. Since I don't join X-Box they forward me to other products and try to get me to open a game charge account and when I won't do that try to sell me other products. I find no info "Insider" or otherwise or even a mention of MSFS2020 at their site.

    So, is FSMS2020 a rental or an X-Box property? Is it Vaporware to put more people on X-Box? etc. "[/B]

    My question is still the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzl 104 View Post
    Well, still more than 300 days to go until 23rd Dec 2020.
    Since it's already in testing, it can't be Vaporware.
    Based upon my requests for "Insider Information" which continue to link me with XBOX and other pay to play games, I'm not at all sure of anything they say!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    Yes, that's exactly the site I'm talking about! I just went there again and they once again wanted me to join X-Box. I will restate again as I said before "Well, it's 6 January and I haven't seen any indication of a release.

    BTW: When I try to get "Insider Information" from Microsoft, who I've been registered with for years, they ask me to join X-Box. Since I don't join X-Box they forward me to other products and try to get me to open a game charge account and when I won't do that try to sell me other products. I find no info "Insider" or otherwise or even a mention of MSFS2020 at their site.

    So, is FSMS2020 a rental or an X-Box property? Is it Vaporware to put more people on X-Box? etc. "[/B]

    My question is still the same.
    If you want to get access to the Insider site you will need to join the Xbox Insider program. This is similar to the Windows and Office Insider programs, among others, that Microsoft runs for pre-release access to software. Also, Microsoft has moved all of their gaming related products and services, which includes sims, for both Xbox consoles and PC, under the Xbox brand. Thus the need for the Xbox Insider program. There is no need to sign up for any subscription for this either.

    And as has been stated there, is no specific release date beyond sometime this year. Given that the sim is still in the alpha stage (yes, people outside MS do have access to the alpha build and are testing it), summer would be the earliest it should be expected, and more likely fall. Microsoft has also said it will be available for standalone purchase, like FSX was, as well as through their Xbox Gamepass for PC (think Netflix for PC games).
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