After a recent chat with Jorg, I wanted to post here an idea that I shared with him regarding Sim Updates and the difficulties faced in understanding the differences between intentional changes within the simulator's structure, and bugs. Currently, there is no information released prior to Sim Updates that outlines what is being done within the simulator by Asobo, even though those updates are always underway months before public beta and release.
As Asobo airplanes are always updated and work with each Sim Update without apparent issue, it seems clear that what has been changed within the simulator is known to the team. I would like this information to be shared with third-party developers prior to each Sim Update launch, so that we can refine our own updates and understand where best to direct our efforts. Reporting non-functional airplanes or other bugs does not produce the information we need to fix those issues, and does not allow us to know in advance whether Asobo has made an error or intends the changes made to the sim that then cause issues with third-party products.
A 48 chapter Changelog is not required - merely a list touching on the changes made with each update. In the case of Sim Update 9, a line notifying us of fuel pressure changes to reheat requirements, and any similar adjustments, would have made it far easier to fix problems with Concorde, instead of many long hours trying to figure out what had been done to cause the issue. We would also then have known it was something we definitely needed to adjust, and not a bug with SU9 that Asobo might fix before the release date.
Hope this all makes sense. If developers have a heads'-up of where changes have been made, we're going to be much better positioned to know where to make our fixes, get them uploaded to the Marketplace team on time, and see much smoother transitions to each new version of the simulator.
Cheers, DC :)