Microsoft Flight Simulator Launches August 18th

Published: July 13, 2020 10:20 AM /


A plane in flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio have announced the launch date for the eleventh entry in the long-running Microsoft Flight Simulator series. The game, simply titled Microsoft Flight Simulator, will launch on August 18th. You can pre-order it right now via the Windows Store or pre-load on Xbox Game Pass for PC.

What can we expect from Microsoft Flight Simulator?

Asobo and Xbox say that they "have the right tools, technology, partners, and hardware" for Microsoft Flight Simulator to be the most authentic and realistic flight sim on the market. The two studios describe this as the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator games. It'll feature live traffic, real-time weather, and animals roaming the landscapes, as well as other immersive features. You can check out the launch trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator right here:

Microsoft Flight Simulator will feature more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, and a variety of geographical features including mountains, rivers, and roads. You can also expect a dynamic weather system including accurate wind speed and rain simulation, as well as an improved day and night engine. Asobo has included a new checklist system that allows you to dynamically scale your difficulty; pros can fly fully manual, while beginners can take advantage of a range of assists and highlighted instrument guidance.

What do the different Microsoft Flight Simulator versions offer?

The base version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will include 20 plane models, each with a unique flight style, and 30 airports. If you're an Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriber, this is the version you'll be getting. There's also the Deluxe Edition, which sports 5 additional planes and 5 additional airports, and the Premium Deluxe Edition, which adds 5 more of each on top of the Deluxe Edition. Microsoft and Asobo are also promising regular content updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator that will "continually evolve and expand" the game.

You'll be able to play Microsoft Flight Simulator when it launches for Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass via PC on August 18th.

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