Gentlemen ( and ladies ), this subject and variant posts thereof have been all over the ROF forums of late.
This is in no way official, as I am not part of the dev team nor a beta tester, but the "sneak peek" we got of Water 2.0 from last summer appears to finally be making it's appearance http://riseofflight.com/Blogs/post/2011/06/24/Version-1020.aspx
on the new Channel Map.
* WAG Mode on *
Given 777's penchant for letting it's fans speculate on things, I believe there's quite a bit to this new map that will pleasantly surprise many...that is why I have pre-ordered everything and anxiously await it.
For those of you who are convinced ROF is going the "wrong direction" by not filling in the current plane set, or focusing on fixing flight / damage models to make things more realistic, I think you are overlooking the fact that 777 needs to offer something new to keep the "ball" rolling and revenue coming in ( which includes incentive to develop more ), while at the same time committing resources to addressing those very issues...issues which ARE slowly being addressed, but there's a LOT on their "plate" that a small team like theirs has to deal with.
I feel that, barring the fact that Jason isn't telling us a whole lot ( I have a pet theory that he gets his "kicks" out of pleasantly surprising people, but that's just me ), this new map may function as a small "pond" ( pun intended...Channel, pond...nvm
) to showcase improvements to ROF's Digital Nature engine that may include reallocating resources to enable more and varied ground objects among other things ( who knows? ).
I also think that quite a lot of hard work has gone into this new map ( which would justify the "joining fee" being as high as it is ) and it will open new channels ( really, NO pun intended this time ) to further development and releases. I think if people are patient and jump on board now, later on "down the road" there will be a lot of surprises that will make ROF MUCH better than it is now.
* WAG Mode off *
Finally, I believe that eventually more of those early war planes will be modeled and included as well as quite a bit of new content, FM fixes and the like...however, it's going to take time.