The development team of Orbx has returned to its roots recently with the announcement of the TrueEarth Great Britain series returning to the development for X-Plane 12. This is the first time in around two years we have heard about this project.
Back in the days of X-Plane 11, the TrueEarth series was extremely renowned within the community for bringing highly realistic ortho-imagery and map data to the simulator, with vibrant colours, immersive attention to detail and seamless textures.
The very first TrueEarth product was released for Prepar3D, covering the Netherlands. The team dropped out of Prepar3D development of such add-ons for some time and focused on the series within X-Plane, bringing detailed sceneries of the whole of Great Britain, Washington, Oregon, as well as the entire California. These iterations were also brought to Prepar3D later.
The X-Plane 12 version is going to be released soon, and it is going to feature all the things all TrueEarth users love together with new features like modernized water masking using X-Plane 12’s new water model, soundscape support for animals and other ambience, as well as fully native seasonal changes. Lastly, 3D trees with individually set heights are also going to be present in this version.
Within the coming weeks, the team is going to inform us more about this package and will release it soon, most likely starting with the release of TrueEarth Great Britain South, followed by Central and North later on.
To learn more about Orbx’s TrueEearth, make sure to read our article on their TrueEarth Canary Islands here.