FSX/Prepar3d price reductions

I have stated before that the release of MSFS really spelt the demise of FSX and Prepar3d as a viable third party development platform. This doesn't mean that I won't release any future updates of the existing scenery projects, or any new projects, but the main focus will be on MSFS as this is where the market is.

At the moment I'm putting the finishing touches to NZTI - Taieri for MSFS, and this will be followed by NZDN - Dunedin Airport. These are rebuilds rather than ports, so there won't be an upgrade path for Real NZ Dunedin owners, but the price will reflect that.

Here's a preview of NZTI taieri in MSFS:

I may possibly release an update of the FSX/Prepar3d version of Real NZ Dunedin based on the new models/textures, but as this is not yet decided the price of the existing Real NZ projects have been reduced. Real NZ NZCH Christchurch and Real NZ NZDN/NZTI Dunedin are now priced at NZ$18, and Real NZ Nelson is priced at NZ$10.

As a rough guide, here are the prices in other currencies based on the current exchange rates:

Real NZ NZCH and NZDN NZ$18:
US$ 12.80
EUR 10.75
AU$ 16.85
GBP 9.20

Real NZ NZNS NZ$10:
US$ 7.10
EUR 6.00
AU$ 9.35
GBP 5.10

Note that these can change based on the exchange rate, so you should check your own currency exchange rate at the time of purchase.

I had planned to model the new terminal and tower at Nelson, with an update for FSX/Prepar3d and a complete rebuild to support MSFS, but the release of the NZA NZNS has made this less of a priority. However I will continue with the MSFS version of Real NZ NZCH for MSFS, and will consider an update for Prepar3d.

Cut-price FSX-only version of Real NZ NZCH now available

For those who are happy to stick with FSX or FSX Steam Edition, there is now a FSX-only version for only NZ$11.50.

Note that there is no upgrade path from this product! If you expect that you may upgrade to Prepar3d in the future, then you should consider the full-priced product, as this supports Prepar3d v3/4/5 and FSX/se.

The included scenery is the same as the full FSX version, so you won't lose any features, except upgradability.

This is a trial of a different price structure, while I research pricing for upcoming MSFS products. I have no idea at the moment whether a lower price will attract more customers, for example. At the moment I have no plans to include any other products in this trial.

2020 musings…

I haven't mentioned the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator here at Godzone, as it is really too early to make any judgements, and pending a lot more details of the development tools, it is also far too early to make any decisions regarding whether or not existing scenery can be updated, what sort of work it would take, and what the cost would be for those who already own a Real NZ product.

Once I have a firm idea of what is possible with the new simulator, including whether or not we can have updated versions of these airports for the new sim, I'll figure out what it would likely cost, and whether or not existing customers will receive a discount. You'll understand that at this time I have no idea. If it is going to be possible, though, I'll make it happen.

The new simulator is of particular interest to me as it included features which were missing from all previous simulators -- a reasonable-resolution aerial image base. Most Real NZ and Godzone scenery includes some photo-scenery coverage, as I always knew that this is the best way to show the real New Zealand. However creating a NZ-wide photo-scenery was always too-big a job for me, without help. Orbx have previously mentioned a 'True Earth' New Zealand, but it doesn't look like this will happen now.

So a new sim with the ability to display photo-scenery world-wide, built in, is more than I could have hoped for.

Godzone NZTI Taieri for MSFS coming soon

This is just a few days away. In the meantime, I've trialing a new look for the website, with or without a video showcasing Taieri. This new look may come and go as I tweak things.

Note that the MSFS version is not a normal update, and will be offered as a new and separate product. However the price will reflect the changing market, plus take into account those of you who have purchased Real NZ Dunedin. So basically everyone will get the update discount whether or not they already own Real NZ Dunedin:)