No they really are not well tested.
And please stop this false narrative about how its impossible to test for the real world. I am a software developer and this IS the job. Yes we have a lot of sympathy for the complexity of the application but there are tried and tested ways to test releases. Automated testing, UAT, alpha releases, smaller change sets.
Testing is expensive, costly and both Microsoft and Asobo have made a very conscious decision to take the approach of light testing, high velocity and high level of regression and bugs. Even partners dont even know whats changing? Seb rules the development team, makes all the decisions and there simply isnt time to write automated tests, run regression testing, such is their desire to hit dates and add features.
And you know Asobo management have all made millions (its in the news)! So the approach is working. You think they care about a small but vocal minority of enthusiast PC Simmers moaning about ATC and texture downgrades. Nope. The community have helped them build a console cash cow and they are all going to be very rich.
Money talks and Asobo are raking it in, so the plan is working. Well done Seb and Jorg, now go buy that Ferrari!
For me, I did get annoyed, I just cant put the hours in like I used to and thats what really was frustrating, BETA testing for a year, but now, the sim mainly works (for me), looks amazing and runs smoothly. The UI is awful, ATC and AI is pants but the core engine is there.
Every time there is an update I just stop playing for 2-4 weeks while other poor sods find all the bugs and a hotfix comes out. I then spend a couple of days struggling with the things theyve broken and the cycle repeats. Fine. C’est la vie.
We just have to hope that someday when theyve made all the money from the shares and Xbox bonuses, they get bored of the Ferraris and holiday homes and come back and deliver what was promised to the enthusiasts who have helped beta test FS.