I am writing this as I just crashed out again after my 6th attempt at a short hop flight between KSBN and KPWK. I made that run 3 times in the past week with no issues after an entire weekend spent getting everything “working” again after SU5. I filtered outdated mods from my community folder and updated all my payware, I updated my GPU drivers (noticeably helped btw), and suffered through seemingly endless CTDs and stuck load screens while I got my personal livery mods updated… and then it all started working again! And, like I said, 3 smooth test flights this week. Maybe I can hop back into the FBW A320 this weekend for a longer trip? Then, tonight… Nothing altered (well, except it was dark this time), just crash, crash, crash. What was different? What did I not do right? After all the effort of cleaning things up, I feel exasperated. It’s just not fun anymore. It’s not even just the random crashes. I look around in the sim now, and in many ways the game is just in a worse state than it was a year ago. Live traffic executing endless missed approaches, what little traffic is left, the user interface is Mickey Mouse, I see lightning now in the middle of the clear blue sky, my drone crashes my parked airplane if I venture too far away now, and on and on.
I’m not even blaming the developers here. I’m a software developer myself, I don’t think it is on them. This smells like they are being pushed, and pushed hard to put out new features as fast as possible. And when you rush, the code gets messy, bugs multiply, segfaults crash, and all your fancy features and new tricks don’t really mean much. This is a letter to whoever is doing the pushing. Maybe it is management and/or marketing, maybe it is us as a community demanding a 100% IRL SIM RTFN. This isn’t working. Sure, this iteration of MSFS is an absolute triumph in software engineering. It is a quantum leap forward in amateur flight simulation IMO. But, what good is all of that if many of us now have to try 6 times just to have one nice short flight. What good is that to the loyal modder base that builds the freeware aircraft, scenery, and addons that make this game truly unique, only to have their creations broken without notice and being left to answer to the trollmob themselves (have a look at some of the comments on flightsim.to, they don’t deserve that). Even the payware “partners” were seemingly left out, and that is truly worrisome because they are risking actual capital developing products for this community.
Games did not used to be like this. MSFS did not used to be like this. We shouldn’t have to accept this. Here’s hoping lessons are learned and there are better days ahead.