First Major Microsoft Flight Simulator Update Will Overhaul Japan

Published: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 08:36 | By: Joseph Allen
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During today's Xbox Tokyo Game Show presentation, Microsoft revealed details regarding Microsoft Flight Simulator's first major update. It'll be themed around Japan and will be free DLC for all players next week.

What's coming in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator update?

According to Flight Sim lead Jorg Neumann, Japan - which is already present in the game - will be getting a major overhaul in the upcoming update. More precise topographical and elevation data will be introduced, leading to a more realistic representation of Japan. You'll also be able to enjoy new landing challenges based around iconic Japanese airports, as well as brand-new discovery flights helping you to learn more about Japan.

Neumann says that the developers have added iconic Japanese airports, cities, and locations based on painstaking 3D photogrammetry techniques. You'll also be able to explore realistic Japanese mountains, forests, and shorelines, as well as taking in classical Japanese architecture in all its glory. The entirety of Japan has been upgraded with a new digital elevation map, leading to a more true-to-life representation of the nation.

Some of the new Japanese architecture in Microsoft Flight Simulator
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator update will feature iconic Japanese architecture and landscapes.

Naturally, since this is an authentic reproduction of Japan, you'll also be able to fly over representations of major Japanese landmarks. These include the city of Tokyo, the mountainous town of Hakone, and the majestic splendor of Mount Fuji. The Microsoft Flight Simulator Japan Update will have 6 cities, 6 handcrafted airports, and a variety of historical locations. There will, of course, be plenty of other things to discover in the new update, so make sure that you get stuck into it when it lands if you want to experience Japan in all its beauty.


The first major content update for Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch on September 29th. It'll be free for all players, including those who are playing the game via Xbox Game Pass. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

Are you looking forward to Microsoft Flight Simulator's new, improved Japan? Let us know in the comments below!

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