During this weekend’s FSWeekend event, Laminar Research took the stage to deliver some exciting news. In December, after the release of Early Access, X-Plane 12 will be released to the public in its entirety. Ditching the Early Access moniker, the full version of the simulator means the team is confident they can finally release it through other mediums.
Those waiting for a DVD version of X-Plane 12 will have to wait until early 2023 to get the simulator on physical disc.
Since the release of X-Plane 12 in Early Access, there have been 11 simulator updates which have fixed numerous bugs and community feedback. There was also the addition of the ALYA-250 as well as various ATC and VR improvements.
Another major update is on the way for the A330 included for X-Plane 12. It has already been said that the plan is to bring a working MCDU to the aircraft. This is something Laminar Research has been working on for some time, but progress is being made towards a highly functional and accurate MCDU.
Many other improvements will also be made to the A330, including weather support, B612 fonts (for better clarity) and RNP/GLS approaches. This is all planned for the release of the full version of X-Plane 12.
VR also received specific mention during the presentation. Laminar will implement OpenXR support, paving the way for many more devices to be compatible with X-Plane 12. This will come after the new simulator is fully released, however.
While X-Plane 12 will soon be a full release, Laminar Research still intends to keep improving the platform. As we saw with X-Plane 11, over time more improvements will be made to the platform. As the team continues to grow, they are also looking to expand their workforce with new set developers, network engineers, marketing gurus and more.
If we hear anything else from the team over the weekend, we’ll be sure to let you know.