Here’s a rough road-map for getting X-Plane 10.20 and friends out the door:
- X-Plane 10.20: if all goes well, release candidate 2 will be posted overnight and you’ll get a crack at it this weekend. RC2 fixes a few crash bugs and sets up Lua memory allocation the way we want it to be for 64-bits going forward. (I also plan to post the rest of development materials for Lua plugins tonight.)
- X-Plane 10.21: we are planning a 10.21 bug fix release. It will include bug fixes that we have already coded but didn’t want to put into 10.20 late in the game. It will also include new apt and nav data from Robin once he gets the next release done, and possibly more autogen. (If 10.21 goes out before the next autogen drop, we’ll do a 10.22 for autogen.) We’re not looking to do anything major or disruptive in 10.21.
- WorldEditor 1.2: WorldEditor finally has some (desperately needed) time on the road map; this should allow me to close out the major bugs in 1.2 and get it posted. This is a high priority for us; we’ve done most of the work for the new airport system, but it doesn’t do anyone any good until WED 1.2 goes final. (Yes, you are reading correctly, WED 1.2 is earlier in the road map than an X-Plane release.)
- X-Plane 10.30: we don’t know when this will be or what will be in it with any kind of certainty, but there are some areas we’re looking at, like fog and visibility (where we have a mix of bugs and feature requests that might go well together). I think that even for 10.30 we’ll be in “fix what we already have” mode, not “add more stuff” mode; we want to make X-Plane 10 as stable, solid and fast as possible.
One of the goals of this roadmap is to make sure that 10.20 itself is a stable 64-bit release that authors can target and users can run. One reason why late bug fixes are going into 10.21 is to avoid delay in getting a solid, ‘final’ 64-bit release to everyone. (We also expect that at least one major bug that was not reported during the long 10.20 beta will pop up as soon as we hit “final”, hence the expectation of 10.21.)
Please do not turn the comments section into a guessing game about 10.30; we don’t have a precise list of what goes into it, and if we did I wouldn’t post it anyway, because it’s likely to change over time as we get new data.
I have some specific comments on airports and ATC, but that’ll be another post.