New Microsoft Flight Simulator Boeing 737 Details Shared by PMDG; Upcoming reveals, release orders and more

Following yesterday’s unveiling, acclaimed third-party developer PMDG has announced more details about the start of the release of its Boeing 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The information was provided by CEO Robert Randazzo during an interview on Sky Blue Radio (it’s very interesting so I definitely recommend checking it out if you have the time).

First we get the official order confirmation, in which the different variants of the 737 are published and the rationale for this.

The first will be the 737-700 (as we already knew), followed by the -600, then the -800 and finally the -900.

The reason for this decision is that the -600 and -700 have very similar systems, while the -800 requires significant overhead. Randazzo has noticed a certain level of burnout among the PMDG developers who have been working very hard for a long time, so he wants to give them a time to rest and recover before tackling the additional workload required for the Release of the -800 is required. A while back, Randazzo mentioned that the plan is to release a version about every six weeks.

He also confirmed that he expects to announce pricing details next week, mentioning that the price of each version will vary a bit depending on the work required.

Regarding the revelations, Randazzo expects to start releasing the videos he’s been preparing later this weekend, while the embargo on beta testers should be lifted next week.

We also hear that he is “really happy” with the flight model created by PMDG. It’s entirely custom and may feel a little different than what experienced customers have experienced in previous simulators. It’s “much more real, fluid and dynamic”. This is also thanks to the aerodynamics in Microsoft Flight Simulator, spearheaded by Asobo’s CEO Sébastien Wloch, which really allowed PMDG to unlock behaviors in a high-altitude swept-wing jet that they couldn’t unlock before. Randazzo can’t wait to see how that unfolds in the 747, and he thinks people will love how the 737 flies.

The autopilot is also fully customizable. Nothing from the base simulator was used and LNAV works “great”.

Interestingly, Randazzo shared that there was an odd quirk in the behavior of the nose wheel on previous simulators. When the wheel is rotated about 57 degrees, the displayed numbers change almost as if they switched from degrees to radians. When that happens, the physics get completely out of whack. PMDG was able to get by with a tremendous amount of physics math while building their planes for older simulators, but it “just works fine” out of the box in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The documentation created for the 737 includes instructions on how to set up the tiller axis to get the best results.

Randazzo also emphasized that PMDG really needs Microsoft and Asobo to deliver the debugging tools promised in mid-2022 to unlock a much faster development speed for future projects.

We then learn that wipers don’t actually wipe away the rain at release, but PMDG knows Asobo is working on implementing this at the simulator level, so eventually it will work. Randazzo is already clear about when that will happen, but he hasn’t been able to share it for obvious reasons.

Incidentally, he also reiterated that he would like to develop a Douglas DC-3 in the future, which he had hinted at in the past. This isn’t too surprising considering he owns one.

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