Aerosoft looking to greatly upgrade the North Sea scenery in MSFS with “North Sea Industry”

Aerosoft works on many fronts, from airplanes to airports, traffic addons, you name it. It’s no surprise, then, when we hear about a brand new product that looks to affect a specific region in the world, even if, for aviation geeks, it’s not immediately obvious what would be so interesting about it. The North Sea? What’s there to see?

Well, quite a lot of interesting stuff, actually. Enough, at least, to warrant the attention of Aerosoft, which hopes to get simmers’ attention too and take them to explore this large stretch of water in northern Europe.

North Sea Industry, for now just a preliminary name for this upcoming product, was teased a few days ago on Aerosoft’s forums, with a few details about its goals and some initial images.

The main idea behind this new scenery package from Aerosoft is to turn the dull North Sea scenery in MSFS into something that more closely resembles the real-world version: a bustling area filled with industrial activity, from the maritime traffic that connects some of the world’s busiest ports, to the huge amount of fishing boats, not forgetting the thousands of windmills and gas/oil drilling rigs and supporting structures.

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This product is aimed at the low flyers. Aerosoft says that simmers cruising at FL380 shouldn’t bother, because this scenery needs to be seen from low altitudes. Perhaps by GA pilots crossing the sea between Britain and the Nordics, or by helicopter pilots, who will be able to land on a large number of new helipads that will be introduced with the new drilling platforms and many other floating structures.

Given that flying over the sea is much less demanding in terms of graphical performance, Aerosoft plans to create very detailed models of these structures and objects, which might be as detailed as some airports. This should make exploration of the North Sea much more pleasant, as pilots discover realistic replicas of existing vessels, ferries, offshore supporting structures, and much more.

Aerosoft plans to release this product in late summer, priced somewhere between €10 and €15 and available for PC and Xbox simmers.

Aerosoft will be revealing new models of the included objects as development continues, so do check the official forums to keep up with new updates. Naturally, we’ll be following closely this project and report back about any meaningful new details. Stay tuned! In the meantime, see below a preliminary list of the planned objects to be included in North Sea Industry:

Fishing Industry

  • Trawlers
  • Factory Ships
  • Seiners

Shipping Industry

  • Container ships
  • Bulk carriers
  • LNG tankers
  • Oil tankers
  • Chemical tankers
  • Fruit juice tankers (I did not even know these existed)
  • Life stock carriers

Other ships

  • Ferries
  • Cruise ships

Wind Industry

  • Monopile wind turbines
  • Jacket wind turbines
  • Floating structure wind turbines
  • Fast crew boats
  • Substations

Wind Industry Construction

  • Survey vessels
  • Heavy lift vessels
  • Offshore support vessels
  • Crane vessels
  • Crane platforms
  • Floatels
  • Tug boats

Oil/Gas Industry

  • Production rigs (spar, jack-up, compliant)
  • Normally Unmanned Installations (NUI)
  • Conductor Support Systems (satellite stations)
  • Toadstools
  • Fast crew boats
  • Support vessels
  • Anchor vessels
  • Patrol vessels
  • Floating production systems ships
  • Floating production systems monocolumn
  • Floatels
  • Single buoy mooring stations
  • Fast Resque Boats

Oil/Gas Construction

  • Drilling rigs
  • Seismic survey vessels
  • Crane vessels
  • Tug boats
  • Anchor vessels