Wednesday, January 13, 2010
F-35 Beta...will actually be an Alpha.
I'll be reviewing the applications for Beta testing tonight - my apologies for the delay, but these are pretty busy days for me...
Speaking of the Beta...well technically it will be an Alpha, i.e. will not be feature complete. More specifically, the MFD will work as initially intended...but I am having some ideas on how to improve it. Also, Jivko Rusev is working to an accurate HMD based on all the information available on the real one so far - but may not be included in the Beta build.
Long story short, this Beta will be focused on the visual model (external and virtual cockpit) and the flight model, while the cockpit will lack some of the planned functionality.
The Beta will feature the AA-1 prototype only, while the final packge will also have AF-1 (I'm still undecided if it will be in the actual "upainted" colors, or in the AF-1 scheme showed a while ago by LM) and an operational version.
F-35B and F-35C, at least for the moment, are being left out. I know that many of you are waiting for them but I want to be sure that the F-35A is as good as it can (reasonably) be before making anything else.
On the good side, I've tried it under SP2 and seems to work (with the exception of the features borrowed from the stock Hornet).