Orbx has today announced on Facebook and on their forums that they are developing their first Australian scenery. This scenery will cover Sydney, the biggest and oldest city in Australia. It’s the biggest agglomeration in all of Oceania and houses more than 5 million people in its metropolitan area.
Because it’s so big, it has hundreds of well-known landmarks and interesting features. We all know the famous Sydney Opera House, but there’s also the Harbour bridge. Numerous skyscrapers in the downtown area and even some world-famous beaches. Orbx’ Frank Schibben is recreating all of that and way more. Schnibben is known for his previous cityscapes for Honolulu and Melbourne.
More than 100 custom POIs and 28 000 primary buildings have been replaced with custom 4k PBR ones. It uses 250km² of custom aerial imagery, replacing the default MSFS Bing scenery. Port Botany, next to Sydney’s main airport (YSSY) has seen a big improvement too.
Orbx’ London Landmarks got criticism for its lack of detail. The team replies to that with special “Hero Assets”. Those are primary landmarks that are modelled in extreme detail “rivalling airport terminals”. You can find a full feature list below as well as previews of this impressive project that is “the first of several major Australian projects.”