Prepare to be amazed by this very exciting upcoming addition to your hangar! FSReborn’s M500 is setting out to be one of the most impressive airplanes yet for Microsoft Flight Simulator, with unprecedented levels of attention to detail, immersion, and realism. This became clear on yesterday’s exclusive preview with our friend TwoToneMurphy, where Raul Morales, FSReborn’s lead developer, detailed the absolutely extraordinary work that has been put into Piper’s executive turboprop.
During the extensive live stream (there’s a second one incoming, to be focused on the systems), Raul provided an exclusive look at his upcoming aircraft, offering simmers a sneak peek into the development process and his commitment to unparalleled detail. Raul shared insights into the project’s timeline, challenges faced, and the passion driving the team.
Raul explained that the development of the Piper M500 started approximately three months before the release of the Sting S4. He described his unique approach, which involves building 3D models in advance and then selecting the appropriate project to work on based on its maturity and compatibility with available technologies. This strategy allows him to plan ahead and streamline the development process.
FSReborn’s commitment to realism was evident in the meticulous attention given to every aspect of the aircraft. Raul emphasized that he aims to create an experience that matches his own dream of being a pilot. The developer is going to great lengths to ensure accuracy, including using real-life sounds recorded from the aircraft and matching paint colors to those found in the official Piper brochure.
During the live stream, we were treated to a virtual tour of the aircraft’s interior, which showcased a meticulously detailed cabin, accurate color schemes, and realistic textures. Raul highlighted that even the smallest screws and buttons were carefully modeled and included, as they contribute to the overall authenticity of the aircraft.
Raul also discussed the current beta testing phase and the importance of gathering feedback from users. He mentioned plans to expand the beta team and involve the community in the decision-making process. The ultimate goal is to deliver an aircraft that meets and exceeds the expectations of flight sim enthusiasts.
The demonstration highlighted many incredible and unique features. There’s a simulation of a bird strike, which can be triggered by the existence of a NOTAM with notes about birds in the vicinity of the destination or origin airport. It’s also a possible failure that can be configured through the EFB. The bird strike is accompanied by an extremely realistic crack in the windshield and loss of pressurization. Absolutely incredible!
One notable aspect is the accuracy of fuel management. Unlike other airplanes, where fuel conditions are simplified, FSReborn’s M500 will offer a much more realistic representation of this system, which will even simulate fuel temperature and freezing conditions!
The M500 is also introducing a new FSReborn feature designed to address the lack of comprehensive ground operations for general aviation aircraft. During the demo, we can see a diesel fuel truck that autonomously navigates the airport and connects to the aircraft for refueling.
Furthermore, this package incorporates a sort of “VIP experience“, where passengers arrive in luxury vehicles like Range Rovers and Ferraris. Realistic animations will allow players to witness passengers taking selfies and engaging in various activities before boarding the aircraft. The developers plan to enhance this feature by incorporating a passenger animation system in future updates.
The level of detail in this particular functionality is incredible, with a wide range of car models, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and even a limousine. Each vehicle is meticulously designed, featuring accurate sounds and realistic interactions. The developers also intend to provide instructions for users to add their own 3D models to the simulator, allowing for greater customization.
Obviously, the M500’s features extend beyond the aircraft’s visuals. The audio experience is highly immersive, with realistic engine sounds and detailed 3D sound effects that sound like an absolute symphony.
The comprehensive preview is wholly deserving of your attention and is likely to persuade you to secure this aircraft once it becomes available. FSReborn intends to launch the M500 for both PC and Xbox. However, the developer has yet to provide a definitive timeline. They aim to ensure accuracy and reliability, striving to avoid disappointing the community with a potentially unachievable release date.
Still, it’s clear that the M500 is in its final stages of development for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The aircraft is now in beta testing, it’s being put out there for the community to see in action, and already has a fixed price tag: $32.00. Stay tuned for further updates on this extremely promising project!