The team at Parallel 42 (//42) has graced the MSFS community with numerous add-ons over the last three years, boasting an impressive and highly varied portfolio. This includes diverse options such as the Freedom Fox bush plane, Flow, Campout, and a plethora of small yet incredibly immersive sceneries. Today, //42 teased us with the prospect of an exciting new product for MSFS that could mark a return to the developer’s acclaimed roots: “Immersion” packages for airplanes, introducing a range of cool and realistic effects.
//42 shared an enigmatic image of a Boeing 747 adorned with wing condensation effects, along with a cryptic message hinting at what could be a game-changing addition for MSFS. The image doesn’t reveal much but offers enough visual flair to pique the curiosity of any simmer, suggesting that this upcoming package may bring more realistic environmental interactions to Microsoft Flight Simulator, similar to what the team currently offers for FSX and P3D.
The accompanying text is a cheeky nod to criticisms the company has received for allegedly “abandoning flight sim” activities to focus on other ventures, such as “selling tents.” Their message reads, “To everyone who said we ‘abandoned flight sim’ because we started ‘selling tents,’ may your joystick sensors develop a fondness for dust & grime.” It’s a bold and playful statement that could signal //42’s return to its roots.
While details about the package are scant at the moment – the developer promises more information will be revealed soon – one thing is clear: //42 is keenly interested in enhancing the visual effects in MSFS. If their previous offerings are any indication, we’re in for an upgrade that could substantially enrich the already captivating selection of aircraft available in MSFS.
In the past, //42 has offered aircraft-specific “Immersion” packages that improved the effects of popular airplanes in FSX and P3D, such as the PMDG 777, 737, and Aerosoft’s A320. It’s unclear what the business model will be this time (if we’re even talking about a similar product – it’s all speculation at this point), but it’s likely to follow a similar strategy as in the past.
That’s all the information we have for now, but we’ll make sure to keep you posted. Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon from //42!