Okay where to even start with this one... As you can see from above we have 3 towers from El Prat. One just released with 2 more on the way and once again we are asking how could this happen. I will address the 3 developers and get down to the bottom of it. Let's start with SimWings seeing as they were the first to develop this lovely airport.
Released back in December of 2010 if I remember correctly makes this airport nearing 6 years old in age. Now Thorsten has stated that he stated several times in the past that SimWings would be updating all their airports but that doesn't really tell us anything does it? That's a lot of airports that would (is) taking many years to update so it's no surprise that other developers would start moving in almost 6 years later. More to the point though. here's what Thorsten had to say on the subject:
"...it´s really a pitty that other development teams do not head for new airports instead of "rebuilding" good ones like we have seen this several times in the past with a lot of well known airports and dev teams. But we at sim-wings cannot do anything against it, also no other dev team had ever asked us about our development stages of our products or near future plans! Since years we have stated over and over again that we´re constantly reworking ALL of our existing sceneries, Menorca beeing the latest one to be released soon. And sometimes in the past we also had the time to built new ones like Anchorage and Fairbanks or Malaga. As it was perfectly written here, we do not offer "fast food", our development always takes time, a lot of work and care for details and real world operations. Also we always offer our customers a fair discount price to update to the newest version, despite the fact that sometimes for us rebuilding an airport is the same workload like building a new one.
The same double or triple development of other devs will happen with Madrid, Alicante, Paris and elsewhere. And not just our sceneries. We have to face it that other dev teams have a totally different business model and don´t care about what is needed. More about what can be done quickly having a good, allready existing, prototype...
Conclusion: We´ll continue with our (hopefully good) work and cannot care about other devs taking over our projects, as this would mean we have to stop making sceneries at all since there are so many trying to compete with us with our Spanish or other sceneries." -Thorsten
Now quite naturally, I suppose anyone could surmise that Simwings would go back and update Barcelona. The latest updates to Ibiza, Mallorca, & Menorca have been well received with negative responses being with Menorca not having internal modelling which is a modern feature almost all airports of that size with that much glass incorporates.
Yes the updates are nice but not shocking like FlightBeam SFOv1 vs SFOv2 or FlyTampa Dubaiv1 vs Dubaiv2. And with the upgrade pricing, I'm personally quite happy and content with the SimWings updates. But here's where things fall apart and I can't help but point out the hypocritical response Thorsten has made here"...it´s really a pitty that other development teams do not head for new airports instead of "rebuilding" good ones like we have seen this several times in the past with a lot of well known airports and dev teams..." Thorsten, lest we forget, you have done exactly the very same thing here that you are accusing other developers of not once but twice. Yes, I'm talking about Heathrow.
You knew full well UK2000 would be developing an updated version of Heathrow a few years back and if you didn't know (since the UK is de-facto UK2000 territory) did you at least reach out to him at all? Gary has rebuilt Heathrow how many times now? It's almost common sense. UK2000 won that 1st round qualitywise of the Heathrow remakes but SimWings went back again and not as an update but as a full remake announced AFTER UK2000 announced another full new rebuild of their Heathrow. So what happened there? You clearly stepped on Gary's toes twice and there is no denying this no matter how you look at it. Nevertheless, SimWings won that round as the UK2000 version was really disappointing the this most recent time around. I didn't mention that in the livestream comparison as I wanted to be fair and non judgemental but what the hell, it's been out long enough now. In this case, SimWings is getting a dose of that medicine. Thus, a simple "update" to Barcelona will not be enough. SimWings will need to really up the game if they want something that will actually stand out among the 3. I won't go into to the T2G CDG issue. Let's move on to LatinVFR.
Honestly, how can you blame LVFR in this case? He is looking to move into Europe and wanted to brake out with something big that had not been done in a long time not to mention the SimWings El Prat is a native FS9 product if I remember correctly. Or was it a backport? Either way, it's a 6 year old airport he wanted to create and he just like I never saw anywhere where Thorsten vehemently states "SimWings is currently remaking Barcelona" Now with this announcement, Thorsten could have reached out as well. This case honestly could have gone either way with no side really taking any blame. Here's what Recardo from LatinVFR had to say on the subject:
"We had no idea in which order was Simwings going to develop the many airports they did in the FS9 era. Saying you will update all is like me saying no body touches SCEL, SGBR, SPIM, SVMI, SPZO, SUMU, MDSD, MGGT...etc because EVENTUALLY I will remake them. In any case, I understood that eventually they would release their version of LEBL, I have respect to all developers in this community. At this point LATINVFR its fully committed into doing an excellent and finished LEBL, not rushed, not taken out the door quickly. An LEBL at 2016 standards and above. As I told a friend today: 'At this point I am sure I will lose some sales, but I am more thinking on doing an excellent product for posterity. LEBL will be for me the quintessential flagship LatinVFR product'.
So at this point we aren't doing it for the money, certainly we need to pay the bills and feed the family but we will take our time into doing this. And by the state of recent events I have to be honest, we will probably release later than planned because we will get this 110% right, and most importantly a state of the art type scenery, like the one we never produced. That control tower we did, cost me almots a month of development, at that same rate of attention to detail and creativity we will do this detail rich and artistic beautiful airport and city (yes city). We were searching for the right European airport, all were taken, and this one, clearly I must say has grown on me. LEBL now is not only a project, its a personal goal that I have set upon myself, In the end we wish to raise the bar here.
I should state in the coming days a detailed list of features, although by stating them I can also inspire others and motivate them the same way I am right now after learning of 2 developers working on this. By the way did I mention we announced in October? In the end this is a win-win for the FS users"
Now let's look at JustSim.
I think just about everyone has fucking had it with these guys by now. You all have absolutely no idea how many developers have reached out to me over the last 24 hours. It seems no one noteworthy has any respect for JustSim including myself. You will need to refer back to my last podcast to get the full scoop but if we even give JustSim the benefit of the doubt with Innsbruck, twice in just 4 months? Really? When you look at how these guys rush their sceneries with the same bland recycled textures time after time, it's become quite clear to me these cats are simply in it for the money and that's fine for them, but I also judge developers by how much passion they put into their work as well and JustSim simply has none. They started out that way then abandoned quality for speed. The same thing Taxi2Gate has been accused of. Then you look at the stealing of textures from FlyTampa implemented into their Nice scenery. This information and proof was presented to me directly from FlyTampa. JustSim did remove the textures from the work once called out on it but when you couple that with now twice rushing out a product that they knew full well other developers were working on really shows how sneaky these guys are and just to put the cherry on top, there was the attempt to manipulate me personally in regards to the Innsbruck debacle. That's just too many strikes in such a short period of time.
Many people wonder why many developers work in such secrecy and this is exactly why. Show of hands who remembers Blueprint? Yeah me neither. Well for those who do, you may recall these guys going on an FSDT, Flightbeam rampage a while back. Every time FSDT or Flightbeam would announce a product, they would jump the gun and release the same scenery beforehand several times in a row.. The difference here is nobody cared because their projects were and still are all FS98 quality. Anyhoo, it will be interesting to see what the winner of Barcelona will be but I only see it coming down to LatinVFR and Simwings which i'll happily do a comparison stream once released. As for the JustSim version, I have already forgotten about it.
I'll also be visiting Barcelona for the first time in a few months on behalf on ADX and am really looking forward to seeing this place in real life after years in the sim!
Hey look! I'm back!