Remember when Microsoft released the first images of their (then upcoming) new version of the sim and everyone was going “OMG RIP ORBX”?
Well, perhaps not everyone. But some were. And, back then, I suspected it was quite the opposite (I think I even mentioned in one of the episodes of the Three Grumpy Simmers). From what it was visible, it seemed like Microsoft would be providing an amazing canvas for developers to build upon and release smaller packages with extra detail and more points of interest.
And Orbx is doing just that with their “City Packs”.
The most recent one, which should be out this Friday, July 23rd, features Mumbai and quite an amazing array of structures, including something for us, rotorheads: “For helicopter pilots, several skyscrapers have rooftop helipads, including the Antilia billionaire's residence and Taj Wellington Mews. If you are curious, try to descend into the cavern of the unfinished Palais Royale tower or practice approaches to the Navy's frigates and Shikra Heliport.”
As usual, Orbx went above and beyond and, building on top of that amazing canvas provided by Microsoft, they have “made extensive enhancements to the entire area including custom orthoimagery, terraforming, shoreline adjustments, and by improving placement of vegetation and generic buildings.”
Check out the official features list:
- 6 high-detail custom landmarks including Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Omkar 1973, Imperial Towers, and the Bandra–Worli Sea Link bridge.
- More than 100 medium-detail custom landmarks showcase the truly unique architectural styles of old and new Mumbai.
- Several highrises with rooftop helipads, with additional landing areas on Navy frigates and at Shikra Heliport.
- Custom orthoimagery for Mumbai City as well as the port and industrial areas across the bay.
- Many enhancements to the city and surrounding areas: improved vegetation and building placements, static boats, vessels, cranes, chimneys, etc.
- Extensive terraforming and shoreline adjustments across the coverage area.
- Custom night lighting based on real-world photography.