AvGeek Christmas in August: Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator launches 18 August

Jul 14, 2020

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On Monday, Microsoft announced that its latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch on 18 August 2020, and is available pre-order now. It is pitted to be one of the most comprehensive, realistic and detailed flight simulator games ever made.

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The computer giant worked with video-game developer Asobo Studio to create the game and teamed up with Bing Maps to recreate the entire world and all the airports on it, with as much detail as possible.

Depending on gamers’ skill level as well as access to more aircraft and more detailed airports, there are three different prices for the game: Standard $59.99 (£48), Deluxe $89.99 (£72) and Premium Deluxe $119.99 (£96).

Included in a list of 30 aircraft which have been created with extra levels of detail are two popular commercial aircraft — the Airbus A320neo and the 787-10 Dreamliner. While the enhanced A320 will be available to all, Premium Deluxe members will be the only ones able to fly the super-detailed 787-10.

(Image courtesy of Microsoft)

All users will have access to every single airport in the world, but the following airports will have extra levels of detail: Aspen, U.S.A. (ASE); Bugalaga, Indonesia; Chagual, Peru; Courcheval, France (CVF); Donegal, Ireland (CFN); Entebbe, Uganda (EBB); Funchal, Portugal (FNC); Gibraltar (GIB); Innsbruck, Austria (INN); Los Angeles, U.S.A. (LAX); Lukla Tenzing, Nepal (LUA); Nanwalek, USA; New York, U.S.A. (JFK); Orlando, U.S.A. (MCO); Paris, France (CDG); Paro, Bhutan (PBH); Queenstown, New Zealand (ZQN); Quito, Ecuador (UIO); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG); Dutch Saba (SAB); Saint Barthélemy, France (SBH); Seattle, U.S.A. (SEA); Sedona, U.S.A. (SDX); Sirena Aerodrome, Costa Rica; Stewart Airport, Canada; Sydney, Australia (SYD); Telluride, U.S.A. (TEX); Tokyo, Japan (HND); Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) and Toronto, Canada (YTZ). All of which will be accessible to all.

Deluxe and Premium Deluxe members will get super-detailed version of the following airports: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (AMS); Cairo, Egypt (CAI); Cape Town, South Africa (CPT); Chicago, U.S.A. (ORD) and Madrid, Spain (MAD).

And the final bonus five will be just for those Premium Deluxe members: Denver, U.S.A. (DEN); Dubai, U.A.E. (DXB); Frankfurt, Germany (FRA); London, U.K. (LHR) and San Francisco, USA (SFO).

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According to Tech Crunch, a spokesperson from Microsoft said: “Your fleet of planes and detailed airport from whatever edition you choose are all available on launch day as well as access to the ongoing content updates that will continually evolve and expand the flight simulation platform”.

The attention to detail doesn’t just stop with the aircraft and airports in the game. There are over one point five billion buildings in two million cities across the globe. You’ll be able to fly over real mountains, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic and more.

(Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Not only that, but the flying experience will be more real than ever as the developers have included real-time weather including accurate wind speed, outside air temperature, humidity and inclement weather such as rain and lightning.

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The game is only available for those who have computers which run Windows 10.

Featured image courtesy Microsoft

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