Is that Adrenaline in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me

As you’ve no doubt already seen by now, we’ve finally announced the product I’ve been working on but couldn’t talk about – the Flight Sim X:Adrenaline expansion pack.  XPack (easier to type than Adrenaline :-> ) will include single player and multiplayer air racing including a P-51 Mustang racing aircraft, some new non-racing related missions (no public details on those yet), some new aircraft (no public details except the P-51 mentioned above yet).  And to assuage the fears of the add-on developers out there, we aren’t out to put you out of business, but are designing the XPack to include new features that you guys and gals can write your add-ons against (like creating your own air racing courses, creating race specific aircraft add-ons, and a few other bits and pieces that we haven’t been cleared to talk about publicly yet).

The one point in some of the talk (both our official announcements and general talk among the users) that I take a little exception to is that this is something "new" in the Flight Sim franchise (ie releasing an add-on).  Granted it has been awhile since we’ve done one (OK, back before MS bought us when we were still BAO), but we have released a number of pay for add-ons over the years, including SGA (Sound, Graphics, and Aircraft) for FS4 (I remember this one because it was the first thing I worked on after joining BAO), we bundled Laeming Wheeler’s aircraft editing program with some additional goodies (can’t remember if that was FS4 or FS5), we released several scenery area add-ons via Microsoft as the publisher, via Mallard publishing, and eventually via our own BAO Publishing (these I remember because I ported them all for release in Japan :->) – all of these scenery areas were included with FS95.  So, this is the first pay for add-on we’ve released since joining Microsoft 11 years ago, but it’s certainly not the first one I’ve worked on :->

We also announced a tentative release month for Service Pack 1 (April ish), and announced that the DX10 update has been pushed back some and targeted for release around the same time as the XPack (Fall 07).  Both of these updates (SP1 and DX10) will be free downloads when released, only XPack will be a pay for boxed release (I assume it will be in a box anyway :-> )

Well, that’s enough good news for now

Tim "Beatle" Gregson

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