NextGen Simulations has published a new development update related to the team’s efforts in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Still with only one aircraft to show to MSFS simmers – the Bandeirante – NextGen has previously announced a few new projects, so this is a good time to check out how they are doing with regards to those new developments.
The most notable update is related to the Saab 340, which was announced almost a year ago, along with other airplanes like the Saab 2000, the ERJ Series or the Dash 8. Now, many months later, we finally got the first teaser images of the Sweedish twin-engine turboprop.
The Saab 340 is currently the main focus of development for NextGen Simulations. Although few details have been provided in terms of features, the developer does note that integration with the PMD50 GTN750 and the TDS GTNXi is planned, along with a default option in the form of the Asobo GNS530.
For now, NextGen Simulations is sharing a few renders of the external model, which showcase the familiar silhouette of the Saab 340. It’s not much, and gives little hints about the visual qualities of the final product, but at least we know the developers are working on it. No development timeframe or estimated release date has been provided, and we reckon there’s still a lot of work left to do for NextGen to have a clearer idea about that.
In additional news, NextGen revealed that Virtualcol (creators of an existing Embraer 170/175 for MSFS) has provided some older propeller-driven aircraft to NextGen, so that this team can work on bringing these airplanes to MSFS. These include the Dash 8, the Cessna T303 Crusader, DHC-3 Otter, and many others.
Together with the aforementioned ERJ Series, it seems NextGen Simulations has a lot on its plate for the coming future. And with only one aircraft out since MSFS released a year and a half ago, we may be in for a long waiting time until any of these new airplanes come to fruition.
Finally, there are plenty of updates coming to the Bandeirante, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks. These will include radios and fuel system fixes, integration of some user-created fixes, improvements to the experience on Xbox, and more.
To read the full details of this development update, head to NextGen’s website. The team is also prepping the opening of an official Discord server, so that customers can be in closer contact with the development team.