Majestic Software Status Update for 2022

edited November 23 in ANNOUNCEMENTS!!

Hello All,

Life in the simulation world for Majestic Software lives on, however it has been at a very slow pace due to several reasons, some of which I will address. This post is primarily to provide an update regarding where we are and our outlook for development with the flight simulation platforms moving forward.

FSX & Prepar3D v3.x:
Yes, we still have users who still actively use FSX & P3D 32bit platforms, however while we will still support active products developed for FSX and P3D v3 we will not be doing any further development for those simulation platforms.

Prepar3D v4.x & v5.x:
We will continue to support the Q400 in v4.5/5.x and very likely the next version offered by Lockheed Martin. Regarding further development (additional features, etc.) of the Q400 for P3D will not likely continue as the TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions have been released as planned, but of course updates when completed will continue. We did however mention several months back that we would push an update for the virtual cockpit, this is still the in the works but there have been some delays in getting this completed.

While MSFS is the newer simulation platform for which many are drawn to, Prepar3D offers unique features not yet applicable to MSFS which makes it a viable platform for MJC's TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions, and we very likely will continue development for the P3D platform as well, however it would be fair to say that P3D development will be subject for evaluation which would depend upon how well the platform will be supported by the customers in the future.

The Q300 v2 project is still on the drawing board and is very much alive, but at a slow pace as well.

MSFS 2020:
Flight Simulator 2020 has certainly made considerable strides over the last two years and the team has been feverishly working on updates making the platform more accessible for development.

Q400:
Folks frequently interject we used the SDK as an excuse for bringing the Q400 into MSFS and at the time of its initial release that was very much the case for us to be able to implement porting the Q400 over to MSFS. As each update is pushed by Asobo's team many things are improved thus allowing for progress. There are still a few things that we require which I am sure will be eventually addressed.

We will be pushing the Q400 to MSFS as a port over as mentioned previously, and this required our developer to completely re-write the code for the gauges and systems which is not a quick process and will be the major delaying component of the project (very much the same as almost starting from scratch). It would be unrealistic to provide a timeline for when we would like to see this port over ready for delivery at this time. However, once this phase is complete we can look at the Alpha testing phase.

Q300 v2:
This I think is one of the most anticipated aircraft that we have on our development board, which will be done from scratch for MSFS. This project's development will ramp up once the Q400 port over to MSFS is complete. The same is to be said of the other variants such as the 100/200.

As some of you already know the MJC is a small team of developers who also have daily jobs and families. So, the fast-paced development that is expected from some of the other dev teams is in no way feasible with the size of the MJC dev team. A timeline at this time of project completion cannot be provided, but when we are satisfied with the progress of projects in work we will provide updates with images and or video relating to such.

For many this may not quite be the news that was expected but we will get there.

Cheers
Turboprops RULE!!!

The Majestic Software Team

Comments

  • Hi, thanks for the update. Could you please clarify what the scope will be for a port over into MSFS? What will happen with the new technologies available in MSFS when it comes to textures, decals, etc? Will you take advantage of these?

  • Hi,

    We will further address this issue when we get deeper into our development phase. But there will certainly be visual and external enhancements made to the aircraft.

    There are certainly some technologies that will not be fully utilized since this is a port over. We very likely will not go into details with respect to our implementation plans and techniques.

    Cheers
  • I don't think it's bad news at all. Besides the -400 and -300, what I REALLY latched onto at the end was the -200 and -100....These are longed for too.

  • @kroswynd said:
    Hello All,

    Life in the simulation world for Majestic Software lives on, however it has been at a very slow pace due to several reasons, some of which I will address. This post is primarily to provide an update regarding where we are and our outlook for development with the flight simulation platforms moving forward.

    FSX & Prepar3D v3.x:
    Yes, we still have users who still actively use FSX & P3D 32bit platforms, however while we will still support active products developed for FSX and P3D v3 we will not be doing any further development for those simulation platforms.

    Prepar3D v4.x & v5.x:
    We will continue to support the Q400 in v4.5/5.x and very likely the next version offered by Lockheed Martin. Regarding further development (additional features, etc.) of the Q400 for P3D will not likely continue as the TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions have been released as planned, but of course updates when completed will continue. We did however mention several months back that we would push an update for the virtual cockpit, this is still the in the works but there have been some delays in getting this completed.

    While MSFS is the newer simulation platform for which many are drawn to, Prepar3D offers unique features not yet applicable to MSFS which makes it a viable platform for MJC's TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions, and we very likely will continue development for the P3D platform as well, however it would be fair to say that P3D development will be subject for evaluation which would depend upon how well the platform will be supported by the customers in the future.

    The Q300 v2 project is still on the drawing board and is very much alive, but at a slow pace as well.

    MSFS 2020:
    Flight Simulator 2020 has certainly made considerable strides over the last two years and the team has been feverishly working on updates making the platform more accessible for development.

    Q400:
    Folks frequently interject we used the SDK as an excuse for bringing the Q400 into MSFS and at the time of its initial release that was very much the case for us to be able to implement porting the Q400 over to MSFS. As each update is pushed by Asobo's team many things are improved thus allowing for progress. There are still a few things that we require which I am sure will be eventually addressed.

    We will be pushing the Q400 to MSFS as a port over as mentioned previously, and this required our developer to completely re-write the code for the gauges and systems which is not a quick process and will be the major delaying component of the project (very much the same as almost starting from scratch). It would be unrealistic to provide a timeline for when we would like to see this port over ready for delivery at this time. However, once this phase is complete we can look at the Alpha testing phase.

    Q300 v2:
    This I think is one of the most anticipated aircraft that we have on our development board, which will be done from scratch for MSFS. This project's development will ramp up once the Q400 port over to MSFS is complete. The same is to be said of the other variants such as the 100/200.

    As some of you already know the MJC is a small team of developers who also have daily jobs and families. So, the fast-paced development that is expected from some of the other dev teams is in no way feasible with the size of the MJC dev team. A timeline at this time of project completion cannot be provided, but when we are satisfied with the progress of projects in work we will provide updates with images and or video relating to such.

    For many this may not quite be the news that was expected but we will get there.

    Cheers
    Turboprops RULE!!!

    The Majestic Software Team

    Hi,


    We will further address this issue when we get deeper into our development phase. But there will certainly be visual and external enhancements made to the aircraft.

    There are certainly some technologies that will not be fully utilized since this is a port over. We very likely will not go into details with respect to our implementation plans and techniques.

    Cheers

    hello simeon.
    Just a question, I don't know if I understood correctly.
    when you refer to:

    "There are certainly some technologies that will not be fully utilized since this is a port over"

    does it mean that once the Q400 is on the MSFS platform it will have some aircraft systems that won't work totally like on P3D?
    thank you.

  • @toppe,

    Hi. Good question. My statement relates specifically to the newer technologies within the MSFS 2020 platform that are responsible for texturing and modeling of the aircraft.

    Regarding the actual aircraft systems - we plan on them being the same as the PRO edition. However it is possible that the TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions may not be brought over to MSFS as it does not cater to the TRAINING platform and or COCKPIT setups at this time (so we make no promises at this time).

    We'll have to make a determination as to how we move forward as we near completion of the project.

  • @kroswynd said:
    @toppe,

    Hi. Good question. My statement relates specifically to the newer technologies within the MSFS 2020 platform that are responsible for texturing and modeling of the aircraft.

    Regarding the actual aircraft systems - we plan on them being the same as the PRO edition. However it is possible that the TRAINING and COCKPIT Editions may not be brought over to MSFS as it does not cater to the TRAINING platform and or COCKPIT setups at this time (so we make no promises at this time).

    We'll have to make a determination as to how we move forward as we near completion of the project.

    OK thank you.
    I clearly adapted my home cockpit to the COCKPIT EDITION version, there are very important elements inside, for example:

    SEPARATE EFIS SCREENS APPLICATION
    A windows executable application allowing to show all vector screens, such as EFIS, FMS, ARCDU, CAUTION LIGHTS PANEL or STANDBY INSTRUMENT on a separate networked PC.

    so having to choose between a cockpit version with P3D (worse graphics) and a pro version with MSFS (better graphics) I would be forced to choose P3D.
    we hope that these problems can be solved in the near future and have as they say in Italy: "THE WINE BARREL FULL AND THE DRUNK WIFE".

    probably the best solution would be a P3D V6 as nice as MSFS, from an operational point of view I think with the V6 you would have less problems, or, zero problems to completely transfer the COCKPIT version, right? (unfortunately L.M. is very stingy in revealing his work and I can also understand them.

    in the meantime I wish you all a good job and a happy Christmas, (even if in advance), the best upgrade for the new year, for majestic and for the world would be for this absurd war to end as soon as possible.
    greetings.

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