22.3.2022 – 20:08z

Rotate MD-11 for X-Plane Releasing March 24th

Through a video on the X-Plane.org YouTube channel, Rotate has formally announced the release date of their long-awaited McDonell Douglas MD-11 for X-Plane 11. The addon will release on March 24th, 2022; in two days.

The MD-11 has been in development for almost five years. The release date announcement video was published during CptCanada‘s and Q8Pilot‘s live-streams flying the aircraft for the first time on their channels.

The price was unofficially confirmed by the X-Plane.org Store. It is expected to be set somewhere around $80 to $90. It is still not final though and is yet to be confirmed by Rotate.

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From the available videos, however, we can expect to enjoy high-resolution textures. Naturally, with PBR materials and wear and tear details. The sounds are also previewed, founded on which we think custom FMOD sounds will be included. The addon also delivers animated doors, hatches and even the cargo itself.

The video starts by showcasing the cold and dark aircraft at Victorville Airport. With more and more units being retired every year, this part of the video suggests that the aircraft is long forgotten.

Later in the video, the aircraft systems are being turned on presumably indicating that it is not over and that the aircraft will not be forgotten in the desert afterall. Nonetheless, this gives us a very good view of the flight deck in detail.

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The aircraft in the video then takes off and we get a better view of the overall exterior model and texturing it. Clearly, along with everything else, the developers have focused on recreating the wear and tear details on the exterior. That works great together with the fact, that it is just not a brand new aircraft.

In the second half of the video, you can notice the custom ground handling set that will be included in the addon. Either controlled through the EFB in the cockpit or the user interface.

You can watch the full video announcing the release date below:

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Rotate has last time reported about the development back in early February earlier this year. You can read more about that in our other article from Darun by clicking here.

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