Yes, I spent little time in F4 really until the 1.08 patch that pretty much heralded the collapse of Hasbroprose. Even then it didn’t improve anything, it just patched the most egregious bugs. There had been the announcement of the F-15E expansion in mid-99 but of course it never happened.
There was also talk of an A-10 sim around that time, but I can’t recall if it was to be after the F-15E or if it was supposed to be EA’s next Jane’s release after the Super Hornet. Either way, it was obviously canned as well. We had to wait for LOMAC to get one. TK made one for Wings over Europe, too, but I can’t recall which came first.
It was the Realism Patches (RP) which started coming out late 99/early 2000 I think that went about correcting errors in performance for various things and adding complexity to the F-16. Also added the ability to jump into other planes…or was that the SPs which came later?
Either way, when the SPs came out I gave up on modding F4 and instead picked up F4: Allied Force. Lead Pursuit offered a return to the vision originally setup for F4. And then they disappeared. No announcements after their last patch (which they never said was the last) beyond they were working on the next title in the series, an F-15E again I think. My first clue something was really wrong was when their main rep on SimHQ, C3PO I think he went by, changed his user name to remove LP from it. He still posted but just as a regular user, in totally unrelated forums like Il-2 I think. Then he vanished, and “Ed” was their last presence, a programmer in LP I think, and then he vanished.
The history of F4 modding in the 21st century is so jumbled and deep.