This is great news having some AI, Commands, and FM fixes included with the performance patch. The performance optimization should greatly reduce the CTD issues for most people, unless their home system is relatively low end or highly unoptimized. This should make the sim playable for most people, and have more people interested in building immersive and realistic/historic Battle of Britain missions and campaigns. With the release of the SDK, and more community involvement, the future for COD is very bright.
I still don't see the Sequel coming out any time soon so there could be plenty of time for another patch or two for COD. Those patches wouldn't include any major features as those would probably be saved to help sales of the Sequel. Although you will be able to add those features to COD, if and when we buy the sequel. ie Dynamic Weather. Thats if Dynamic Weather is even ready when the Sequel is released. Although I could see some aspects of Dynamic Weather being released and then improve it during the life of the series.