Milviz has become a synonym of quality flight simulations products, with a well-established brand for many years that has brought a wide variety of excellent aircraft to several platforms. Naturally, after the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the team jumped on the bandwagon without hesitation and has already launched two of the best airplanes currently available on MSFS: the FG-1D Corsair and the Porter PC-6.
As you’re probably aware, Milviz didn’t rest on their laurels and continues to work on several parallel projects, such as the SR-71, the ATR-72, the DHC-2 Beaver, the 310R, among others. Looking to shed some light on the current progress with these and other products, along with providing some further news about what’s going on the company’s headquarters, Milviz came out today with a comprehensive update that includes several interesting bits about what’s in store for the near future.
Starting with product development updates for MSFS, the team revealed that the A-1H Skyraider, about which we know very little about, is currently estimated to be out for MSFS until the end of March. Curiously, the Cessna 310R should also be released by the same time, possibly in early Q2. That one has been long overdue… Milviz shared the first images of that twin-engined aircraft before MSFS was actually released in 2020!
If all goes well, the following months should also prove to be prolific for Milviz. The planned Stage 2 release for the Porter PC-6, which will add analog gauges and floats, among other new features, should be out in Q2. The team hopes to share some new images representative of this update very soon.
After that, it will be time for the Beaver to shine. Both the standard DHC-2 and the DHC-2T Turbo Beaver are planned… and also the DHC-3T Turbo Otter, expected to be out later this year!
This may sound like a handful already, but don’t forget about that SR-71, which continues to be actively developed, although no timeframe for a release has been shared by Milviz. Furthermore… the first Milviz helicopter for MSFS, the legendary Huey, is under active development at this point, looking for a release in Q3/Q4!
You’re probably wondering… “what about the ATR?“. Well, Milviz says the development there is still moving ahead, despite some framerate difficulties that need to be overcome. In any case, they are actively working on that, but it appears to still have a very long development path ahead, as Milviz is also looking to completely re-do the model to bring it up to MSFS standards. Progress on this front appears to be somewhat hampered by some commercial contracts the team needs to fulfill as they work on a C130 for the US Air Force – for a release in P3D – which they will eventually look to bring to MSFS as well.
As you can see, Milviz has a lot going on for MSFS, catering to a wide variety of airplanes and simmers. Those flying on Xbox are less fortunate (for now) because Milviz will not release any aircraft on consoles until Asobo/Microsoft fix some underlying issues with WASM. Once that’s taken care of, Milviz promises they will not hesitate to release all products on Xbox.
It’s a handful of news indeed, but there’s more, although nothing directly impacting the development of products for MSFS. Milviz announced that the company will be split into two brands: one for the commercial side of the business (mostly related to development for the military), and another one for the “entertainment” side of things (ie. flight simulation). A new name and branding will soon be revealed! This makes sense, because Milviz (Military Visualizations) is probably not a name that represents the current product offerings of the team for the consumer flight simulation market. Have some ideas for a name? Share it with us in the comment section below!
To learn about all this news from the Milviz headquarters, make sure to watch the full video above, where the team also discusses their current standing in relation to P3D, and also some various insights about the current state of flight simulation.
As usual, we will continue to closely follow every bit of information that comes from Milviz, and will share any notable new updates with you. Stay tuned!