My thoughts in brief.
If 3rd party developers, including freeware (and without any required 'approval') can create and provide addons for download at existing MSFS sites = SUCCESS
If users have to download addons only from the 'FS2020' website = FLOP .. and have to pay for each = DOUBLE FLOP
I really can't see MS marketing as being so stupid as to make the same colossal mistake as they did with MS Flight.
It also seems like some are *hoping* MS2020 flops. But maybe I'm reading too much into the negativity.
Tiger1962 wrote:True enough Robbie, it's just a game! But it means different things to us, the flight sim community, and to Microsoft themselves. Why on earth would Microsoft suddenly return to flight simulation after all this time? They obviously lost a lot of money on their Windows Mobile attempt to compete with Apple and Android, and now they need to claw that money back as quickly as possible. Microsoft's motive for launching a new Flight Simulator isn't the dewy-eyed nostalgia of the flight sim community, it's DESPERATION. They need the money, ALL the money, and they're not about to start sharing it with third-party developers or anyone else. No-one should expect any kind of backward-compatibility with existing add-ons, or for any of those existing add-ons to be updated so that they become compatible. This is going to be an XBox game which is playable on PC, though how playable remains to seen - it may look and play a darn sight better on XBox than on anyone's current PC, so back to Robbie's comment - it's just a game.
zswobbie1 wrote: MFS will be released on Xbox, where there are in excess of 63 million users.
So, that is their main target market, not a few thousand grumpy old dudes who keep on knocking MS. Do you really think that their target market are those?
Wing Nut wrote:There are thousands of developers, webmasters, etc out there who make their living from this, even if it's not what it once was. Tell them it's just a game.
Wing Nut wrote:
However, keep in mind that for some it's just a game. There are thousands of developers, webmasters, etc out there who make their living from this, even if it's not what it once was. Tell them it's just a game.