On Wednesday morning Military Visualizations (Milviz) announced to support only Prepar3D v4.4 from now on. Consequently, new products of the developer studio will not be released for Prepar3D v3, nor for FSX. The main reason to stop FSX support is primarily the Physically Based Rendering (PBR) in Prepar3D v4.4, as the developers write on Facebook. Because with the switch to PBR, FSX support can only be realized in an extremely costly and complicated way. In addition, the limited possibilities of the 32-bit platforms are another reason for the company’s decision.
Milviz also addresses all customers who do not want to buy Prepar3D due to the End User Agreement (EULA). The EULA stipulates that the simulator may only be used for educational purposes and not for entertainment. “Let me put it this way: You always learn, at any time. If not, you’re already pretty dead anyway,” writes the boss of the company. He also says: “That’s the whole point of buying an addon. To learn how to fly it. That, my friends, is education.”
Nevertheless, Milviz doesn’t want to give up FSX support altogether. At least old products will continue to be supported to a limited extent. They are aware that some customers will be offended and “never again” buy from Milviz. This decision is however in order. “For us this is similar to switching from FS9 to FSX. That was also hard. But in the end it was worth it”, it says in the article. By the way, Milviz is by no means alone in this. Already in summer 2017 numerous developers had announced not to support the FSX any longer.
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