The next-generation X-Plane 12 flight simulator is on the way, with it now being officially announced as available in Early Access with a Beta.
Laminar Research mention that "every major aspect of how we simulate the world and its effects on aviation has been rewritten based on first-principles physics and real-world data with tireless pursuit of realism" which sounds rather fancy doesn't it? In the official announcement, they make it clear a lot of work is still to come on it.
Some of what's new in X-Plane 12 includes:
- Photometric, HDR Lighting Engine.
- The 4D Weather Engine.
- Seven New Aircraft – A330, Citation X, SR22, RV-10, F-14 Tomcat, PA-18, R-22, Lancair Evolution.
- Volumetric 3D Clouds.
- Seasonal/Weather-Specific Visual Effects – Snow, Variable Vegetation, Ice and Rain.
- New 3D Forests, Water, Vegetation.
If you do decide to pick it up you will get access to the Linux, macOS and Windows versions along with:
- Global scenery.
- 19 high-quality aircraft with immersive 3-D cockpits.
- Access to X-Plane 12 and 11.
- Free internet updates for all versions of 12.xx.
The cost is currently $59.99 and it's only available via their official site.