Virtualcol has a new aircraft coming to MSFS, following their first intro in the sim with the Beechcraft 99 that was released last December. This time, the team will release a completely different airplane: the Embraer 170/175.
Part of Embraer’s E-Jet family, a series of narrow-body jet airliners for short and medium routes, the Embraer 170 has been very popular among regional airlines in the United States, given its capabilities as an economical solution for short, low demand routes, while providing many of the niceties of the big jets. This is a series of airplanes that competes directly with Bombardier’s CRJ, and Virtualcol will face stiff completion from Aerosoft in MSFS, who have released a very impressive version of the CRJ Series.
Virtualcol will be releasing three models of the E-Jet: the original 170 and the 175 with normal and extended winglets. Additionally, you will have a choice between around 30 different liveries.
The preview images released by the developers show the airplane in both the exterior and interior fronts, although without any liveries other than white. We can also see how the aircraft looks at night, illuminated by the exterior lights. The cockpit is also presented with both daylight and night lighting, so you can have an idea on what to expect in each situation.
Visual quality seems decent from this set of teaser images, and we wouldn’t expect Virtualcol to break any records with that regard. They create affordable airplanes, somewhat limited in their scope with regards to graphical fidelity and systems’ simulation, but still pleasing to many simmers looking for a more simplistic experience, while flying a loved aircraft.
Virtualcol claims that development is moving fast, and the Embraer is aimed at a release already next month, with an early estimate for June 15. Price is already established, at an easy $23.49.
If any further updates are released in the meantime, we will make sure to let you know in due time. In the meantime, what are your expectations for this new airplane from Virtualcol? Will it be up to par with the CRJ from Aerosoft? Or the upcoming freeware E-Jets from Ouroborus are looking more enticing to you? Let us know in the comments below!