Aerosoft Has 2+ Years of Flight Simulator 2020 Add-Ons Planned

Published: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 14:06 | By: Robert N. Adams
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August 18, 2020
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Aircraft and Airport Add-Ons Announced

A whole bunch of Aerosoft Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 add-ons are in development — more than two years of third-party content is planned including a range of Airbus planes, new airports, and more.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has been unexpectedly popular, so there's probably quite a few people new to the genre (or returning after a very long time). While Microsoft has designed dozens of aircraft and airports for the base game, you might not know that there is a strong industry for third-party add-ons. Now, Aerosoft has revealed its plans for developing these add-ons for the next couple of years.

Check out a conversation with some folks from the company about the upcoming Aerosoft Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 add-ons!

The video (via TwinFinite) opened with a reveal of the Bombardier CRJ700, a new plane that Aerosim is calling "the first complex aircraft in Flight Simulator today from a third party." According to the add-on developers, they've been working with Microsoft and Asobo since the summer of 2019 to develop more content for flight sim fans to enjoy.

 
 

This upcoming add-on pack will feature three models: the CRJ700, the CRJ900, and the CRJ1000. These are all completely-new models that are "up to the Microsoft Flight Simulator standards" — based on what we can see in the video, it looks just as good as the planes included in the base game.

Aerosoft has expanded its internal team in order to crank out more virtual planes and it's already bearing fruit: it has more than two years of content on the way for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

Aerosoft Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Add-ons slice

What Are the Planned Aerosoft Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Add-Ons?

Aside from the CRJ, Aerosoft is currently working on the highly versatile de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter. The Airbus 318, 319, 320, 321, and 330 are also in the works, although these are still relatively early in development and aren't likely to be released for some time.

These new additions are part of an ambitious plan to developer third-party content for the game: the Aerosoft Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 add-ons will be released over the next two-and-a-half years. This is just a rough estimate, mind — no firm release dates for any upcoming content have been announced just yet.

Part of the challenge has to do with the game's Software Development Kit (SDK) — according to Aerosoft, it just isn't ready yet. That would likely make production on third-party content substantially more difficult. While the planes seen in the video above largely look finished, there are critical functions that can't be added until the SDK has been released to developers.

 

It looks like Aerosoft is going to be hard at work for the next couple of years. For now, you can check out its current offerings for tons of different simulation games at aerosoft.com. If you haven't yet picked up Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 just yet, you can buy it for PC via Steam or for PC and Xbox One via the Microsoft Store starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.

Are you interested in getting third-party add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 or are you content with the base game? How have you enjoyed the game thus far? Let us know in the comments below!


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