Development

Airport CEO development in real-time

Airport CEO has throughout its lifetime seen many changes. Since launch, we’ve deployed several updates containing new graphics and content, bug fixes and performance improvements. We believe that a transparent development process is an honest development process and thus we've enabled several ways for you check out what's currently going on.

The two buttons to the right are direct links to our two public Trello boards which showcase the development of Airport CEO in real-time. They are both synced from the same Jira project (more on that below) but the Features board is filtered to only show features that are currently being implemented.

Public issue tracker

As a part of our efforts to stay transparent with the development process of Airport CEO we have a publicly accessible issue tracker platform with which you easily can review and track the development progress. The platform we use is called Jira and is a platform for tracking bugs, improvements and new features (all known collectively as issues). Check it out here.

Common Jira questions

I’ve just submitted a bug but I can’t see it, why?

Since the platform is public we need to manually screen each bug report that’s made. Until its been processed and either received the status “awaiting development” or another (green) status, you won’t be able to see it. Since we get a lot of duplicates, many bug reports don't get put through the work flow but do rest assure that we read all bug reports sent to us.

I tried to register an account via your Jira platform but was not able to, why?

Since we would have to pay for each account registered on our Jira platform we currently do not allow accounts.

Community feature voting

The community knows best and therefore we invite everyone to partake in guiding the development direction of Airport CEO.  We have an entire forum category devoted to community voting and you can read up on how it works here!

The Roadmap

An ambitious timeline for an ambitious game. Below is a full roadmap of the development of Airport CEO, from start 'til finish and beyond.

Idea

During the summer of 2015 the idea of Airport CEO was born.

Development initiated

The development process was in September 2015 initialized and Generation Flight, as it was initially called, started coming to life.

Game announced

The game was announced through different social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. Website launched!

First milestone build complete

The first milestone was achieved in November 2015: A build containing a test airport with the passenger, employee and aircraft lifecyles fully integrated.

Teaser video released

The Airport CEO teaser video, showcasing the basic style and fundamental functions of the game, was released.

Second milestone build complete

The second milestone was achieved in April 2016: A build containing an airport dynamically constructed from scratch with the passenger, employee and aircraft lifecycles fully integrated.

Pre-alpha gameplay video released

On the 31st of May the first complete pre-alpha gameplay video of Airport CEO was released, showcasing the current state of Airport CEO.

Full length gameplay videos released

As an important step in showing you the work that has been produced, we have delivered three full length gameplay videos showcasing end-to-end Airport CEO gameplay. These are now uploaded on YouTube!

Steam Early Access

On the 27th September of 2017, Airport CEO was released on Steam Early Access.

Alpha 29: The Performance Update

The first major Airport CEO update addressed a lot of the feedback provided since the initial early access release and targeted loads of bugs fixes, performance and gameplay improvements.

Alpha 30: The Soundtrack Update

After almost a year in production, the Airport CEO soundtrack was released as part of Alpha 30 and the soundtrack update. The soundtrack features a full hour of original music over nine tracks, written and produced by Sinephony. The soundtrack has since then been released as a separate DLC and can be found here.

Alpha 31: The Multi-floor Update

The multi-floor update was the first major content update and added a bunch of features and improvements to the game but perhaps most notably the ability to extend an airport terminal below and above the ground floor.

Alpha 32: The Turnaround Update

In the turnaround update, three new turnaround services for an airport CEO to expand their airport with was introduced. They span across various disciplines, require different structures, operate under different circumstances, business practices and equipment but all serve the same purpose: For a CEO to start rolling in the big bucks!

Alpha 33: The Big Bird Update

Let’s size things up. With the big bird update, wide-body aircraft are now making their way to your airport and with them they bring a new set of requirements and demands. Large runways, stands and terminals are required for you to operate a truly international hub!

Alpha 34: The R&D Update

You’ve got questions and now there’s answers! The R&D update introduces R&D projects, a new system for progressing an airport from a small airfield to an international airport. Hire admins and take care of your employees, keep an eye on your ratings to advance your airport’s operations and business position and enjoy a seriously overhauled economy system - and a lot more.

Apha 35: The Terminal Update

The terminal update features a wide array of new content and improved systems revolving around one of the airport’s main structures: The terminal! With proper support for multiple fully divided terminals and thereafter adapted flight and passenger AI, passport checkpoints and immigration, new desks, restaurants and airline lounges, walakators and elevators and much much more this update will for sure reset the clock on terminal design in Airport CEO.

Planned: Alpha 36: The Emergency Update

What could possibly go wrong operating an airport? In the emergency update we're finally introducing random emergency events that really put your governance and airport managing skills to the tests.

Planned: Beta

Once the early access version of Airport CEO has had its full array of content implemented, a meticulous period of bug fixing, gameplay improvements and balancing, polishing and performance improvements await to ready Airport CEO for its full release.

Planned: Full release

Airport CEO will transition to from a beta to a full state and leave Early Access.

Future development... ?

What lies ahead for Airport CEO beyond its full release in excess of the occasional compatibility and QA release? That's written in the sky and something we'll share with you in the future.

The Roadmap is subject to change as development progresses.

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