Microsoft Flight Simulator is 'Fastest Growing Entry in the Series' at Over 2 Million Players to Date

Published: December 17, 2020 11:28 AM /


Microsoft Flight Simulator

Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, announced that, well, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been soaring high since its release. It's the fastest-growing entry in the series and has over two million players to date, and it was the biggest game launch in Xbox Game Pass for PC's history. Neumann had this to say about yet another milestone being reached:

On behalf of the entire team, a huge thank you to all the fans who have taken to the skies and are exploring our world while discovering the magic of flight with us.

Speaking of magic, check out this dog flying high in this Microsoft Flight Simulator commercial, because why not:

Since its launch, players have logged more than 50 million flights and more than 3.5 billion miles have been flown to date, which is the equivalent of flying 19 times roundtrip from the Earth to the Sun, or around the world 400 thousand times. That's a lot of airtime. The community has also been using the game's SDK and developed over 500 airports, aircraft, and other addons since the game's launch. 

There's still more to come for Microsoft Flight Simulator, as it was announced at last week's The Game Awards that the title is coming to the Xbox Series X|S in Summer 2021:

What Else is Coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator Update on December 22?

A VR update will launch for Microsoft Flight Simulator on December 22, so if you have a beefy system and some VR gear, you should definitely check that out. For those that are curious, the VR update will work on Oculus, Valve, and HTC VR headsets. The update will also add real-time snow and "true-to-life ice coverage to the entire planet" which should making flying a little trickier for those who have gotten use to piloting in Microsoft Flight Simulator by now. All pilots will also receive some "dog-themed liveries" that were shown off by the dogs in the commercial. So they can fly ruff if they have to. 

In 2021, the game's world will be updated 4-5 times with additional  "World Updates", along with a few other surprises that will be revealed eventually.

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