Wait...so will Vancouver be developed just for FSX or for FS9 as well?
We'll take the same approach as with KLAX. We'll do the FSX version as best as we could, without taking any restrain in order to ease a conversion to FS9. AFTER the FSX version will be finished, just as with KLAX, we'll evaluate the situation (and the market at that time), and decide IF we'll do an FS9 version or not.
Umberto, do you have the data on how the sales of the FS9 LAX are doing? I read somewhere that you said that the initial spike in sales for the FS9 LAX was much larger than that of the FSX sales.
You might have misunderstood what I've meant with "spike", it was mentioned just to point out that we *have* seen it, meaning we *could* measure the FS9 release impact on the sales because of it, but it was by no mean comparable to the FSX release days.
How have the sales for the FS9 done? If they're good enough, it might be worth it to do Vancouver for both FSX/FS9 also ?
They are roughly 1/5th of the FSX sales, which means they are just on the borderline of being profitable, considering the time it took to do the FS9 version, but this is KLAX, which is a very popular airport. But we are reasonably happy with it, since KLAX will likely sell well enough for the next 3-4 years so, doing the FS9 version will pay off in the end.
We don't expect CYVR to sell like KLAX (it would be a nice surprise if it will, of course), which means the FS9 version is probably less likely to ever becoming profitable, more so considering we are discussing 8-9 months in the future, and FS9 market is not going to increase by then. It has never increased, it always went down but *very* slowly in the past year, but the slow down has accelerated dramatically this year, like losing 2-3% of users ever year for the past 5 years, then losing about half of the remaining ones this year only. There's likely a "PMDG+Sandy Bridge effect" in effect, but this is what it looks like from what the data we have, which is not just sales, but it's downloads too, activations from the FSX or FS9 version of the Addon Manager, etc.