This Wednesday, September 30th, at 1:00 PM EST Prepar3D v3 will be available for purchase and digital download via the Prepar3D Store. Prepar3D v3 allows developers and users to build and experience advanced simulated training environments using a new slate of features that simplify development and augment the training experience.

Prepar3D v3 further simplifies training scenario creation with major updates to SimDirector, the industry leading simulation courseware creation tool. Prepar3D v3 also welcomes enriched training capabilities by incorporating Autodesk® Scaleform® support, which improves the user interface and expands gauge and panel training capabilities. The new release also features a new avatar mode that enables users to exit their vehicle and experience the simulated environment in first or third person for increased realism and situational awareness.

Prepar3D v3 continues the tradition of being the most affordable high-fidelity visual simulation platform on the market. Many of the features and updates were directly driven by the community and the user base of Prepar3D. We look forward to continuing the conversation and reading your feedback on the Prepar3D Forum. The detailed list of exciting new features and capabilities can be found in the What’s New in v3 Release Notes!

Is Prepar3D v3 Compatible with Windows 10?

Yes, Prepar3D v3 is compatible with Windows 10. However not all hardware drivers have been updated for Windows 10 so it is important to check with the manufacturer of your hardware when upgrading to Windows 10.

What are the license options and pricing for Prepar3D v3?

To see which version of Prepar3D is right for you, please reference the License Options page.

Acceptable uses of Prepar3D include Simulation, Learning, and Training. An Academic License is provided at a discount for students. Prepar3D v3 Professional Plus has additional features for military training, which include weapons, countermeasures, and military relevant AI behaviors.

As provided in our End User License Agreement, the Prepar3D application is not to be used, offered, sold or distributed through markets or channels for use as a personal/consumer entertainment product.

Is Prepar3D v3 still backwards compatible with legacy content?

Yes. The Prepar3D development team has partnered with several developers to ensure that most legacy content is backwards compatible. That being said there are many different ways to build content, so there are possibilities that some content might not be fully backwards compatible. Your best bet is to check the license of your add-on content to ensure it is licensed to be used in Prepar3D, and to check with the developer of that add-on content.

Are any new vehicles included in Prepar3D v3?

Yes! In celebration of Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of the acquisition of Sikorksy Aircraft, we are very excited to announce that the Virtavia developed Black Hawk will be included in Prepar3D v3. In addition, Dino Cattaneo and the India India Alpha Foxtrot Echo team will also be including an updated version of their F-35A.


India India Alpha Foxtrot Echo F-35A


Virtavia H-60 Black Hawk

By default, both new vehicles are included in Prepar3D v3 along with all original v1 and v2 vehicles!

I have Prepar3D v1/v2, how do I know if Prepar3D v3 is right for me?

All future updates to Prepar3D platform will be for Prepar3D v3. Prepar3D v3 brings many new and exciting enhancements.

Please keep an eye on in the coming days for additional features. In the meantime, please check out some existing links of beta testing videos of Prepar3D v3:

All videos above were shot and edited by beta testers over the past few months.

Will Prepar3D v1/v2 still be available for purchase?

Yes. While development will no longer continue on legacy versions, we will still offer those version for purchase. Many platforms have been developed using legacy versions and we want to ensure that there is no concern or interruption to those companies or efforts.

I have Prepar3D v1/v2, do I get an upgrade or a discount for Prepar3D v3?

If you have purchased Prepar3D v1/v2 within 60 days of your purchase, per the refund policy, you can request a refund and then purchase the desired license of Prepar3D v3. There are no exchanges, upgrades, or discounts available.

I have a developer’s license for Prepar3D v1/v2. How do I update to Prepar3D v3?

If you are a monthly subscriber, you can cancel your current subscription and purchase a new Prepar3D v3 developer subscription. If you wish to keep your v1/v2 monthly subscription you can keep renewing it and purchase a new Prepar3D v3 developer subscription. All major versions can be concurrently installed on the same machine. If you have purchased a pre-paid developer subscription and wish to change it out to a v3 developer subscription, please email with your request.