X-Plane 12 is going to be, after Microsoft Flight Simulator, the next major simulator version to launch to flight simmers. We reported earlier about developers already working on converting their addons to the new simulator. Today, we got an update directly from Laminar Research. It also mentions X-Plane 12’s price.
In the post, Thomson Meeks of Laminar Research has shared a brief update on various features, shared new previews showcasing what the simulator can do, and mainly, shared information about the early access of X-Plane 12 as well as the pricing.
And with that said, we now know for certain that X-Plane 12 will cost $59.99 just like in previous times. This is the same price as Microsoft Flight Simulator’s standard edition is retailing at. Thomson has further also confirmed that everyone will be able to purchase X-Plane 12. During the early access, X-Plane 12 keys will also include access to X-Plane 11.
He also reassured Steam users, that early access will also be available there.
When it comes to X-Plane 12 features, the team is currently doing final tests of the new flight model, improving 3D trees, fixing bugs in the volumetric cloud system, or improving global performance.
What has, on the other hand, been completed is the new user interface, majority of the default aircraft addons, or fully animated jetways on default airports. Further, the team has completed work on FMOD sounds for ground vehicles, or rain and snow shaders for airports and global scenery.
The expected release of the Early Access version of X-Plane 12 remains unknown. In the meantime, you can take a look at what developers have planned for X-Plane 12 by browsing through our archives here. We also have an up-to-date X-Plane 12 hub here summarising all the WIP addons.