Today was an intense day for Microsoft Flight Simulator news, including releases and announcements from both Microsoft and third-party developers.
We start with Microsoft itself, which launched Sim Update 12. The update comes with relevant improvements and features including WASM support on Xbox, which will allow developers to release more complex aircraft on the console.
We also got plenty of bug fixes for features, aircraft, and scenery, improvements to navigation and AI traffic, tweaks to weather, additional features for avionics, and plenty more. The update notes are massive and you can read them in their entirety on the official site.
The first consequence of the implementation of WASM support for Xbox is the release of the console version of the Antonov An-225 "Mriya." It's priced at $19.99 on the official in-sim marketplace and you already have it for both platforms if you purchased the PC version. It's worth reminding that all proceeds for the sale of the aircraft will go to Antonov for the rebuilding of the real one.
Incidentally, iniBuilds also released a sizable update for the aircraft, and the patch notes can be found on their forum.
Another Antonov has been released, and it's the highly-anticipated Antonov An-2, a vintage aircraft that has been announced a long time ago but has been held back by licensing issues. It's priced at $14.99 on the official in-sim marketplace with a discount down to $9.99 for those who have the Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions of the simulator.
Below you can check a trailer.
Moving on to third-party developers, Just Flight announced a release date for the Analog Baron from the "Steam Gauge Overhaul" series. It'll launch on Thursday, March 23.
In case you missed the initial news, this kind of add-on is designed to completely overhaul the interior and systems of the default aircraft while still retaining the excellent default external model by Asobo.
If you already have the Bonanza from the same series, that will earn you a 25% off the price of the Baron, while a bundle with both will also release on the 23rd.
Below you can take a look at a few new screenshots of the Baron's cockpit.
FeelThere announced that it'll soon release Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) in Texas, United States. For now, we just get a single picture.
Last, but not least, MM Simulations released new screenshots of its Liège Airport (EBLG) in Belgium. We get to see the FedEx cargo terminal and the model for the ILS localizer. At the moment, no release date has been announced just yet.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently available for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, including Game Pass. If you'd like to learn more, you should stay tuned on TechRaptor as we have daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news to keep you updated on the many add-ons coming and released for the sim. We have also recently interviewed Microsoft's Jorg Neumann about the Antonov An-225 "Mriya" and reviewed Orbx's Oslo Gardermoen Airport and RHDSimulations' Boeing 767-300ER.