My share of "Kaffeesatzleserei" ~ "reading the tea leaves"
I imagine some kind of transition phase that may see some more updates and improvements to RoF. I could think of some FM reviews done by the new guys to familiarize with the engine. Maybe also some new birds to keep thing going.
On the other hand I see most modelers starting 2013 full steam for BoS - just think of the whole environment (I would assume a multitude of the channel map in size), equipment, and - last but not least - plane models (can't imagine them releasing two planes at start).
If we are lucky, RoF may see one/some more engine iterations.
But I bet everybodies monthly salary (if I am wrong you can keep it, if I am right you will have to transfer it to me) that there will be the point where the divergence with the improvements for BoS will make it incompatible with the existing RoF content, where modelers, programmers, flight model experts,,, will have to work 110% of their time on BoS - at least at crunch time nearing the BoS release, and early after.
And hoping/assuming that BoS becomes a big success, the bigger audience, market, novelity,,, will keep the focus on BoS for the time being - business.
Sounds sad for the future of RoF? Maybe. But eventually they have to move on.
But I think they are also working on an option for RoF - and that may be you. They have already started to open the RoF content creation for the community with the ROF Buildings and Blocks SDK Document and Examples
. I imagine that in the future they will open this path also for new planes. Even though I assume that they would still keep a hand on top of it to ensure quality and "compatibility" with the performance of the available planes.
(and no, you don't want me to create new content for RoF; so it is really up to you!)
But then again, all those phantasies, dreams, soothsaying - who cares if this is the end of RoFs future, with the end of the world coming next week.
But who knows, if we see a next year, maybe there is also some hope for RoF