The release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been officially announced.
Tech giant Microsoft has announced that its upcoming flight simulation game will be releasing on August 18th. Private alpha testing is currently underway and eager fans can already preorder and pre-install a copy of the game today.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is a new instalment in the series of the same name. The first game, Microsoft Flight Simulator, released in November 1982 and the last game to release in the series was Microsoft Flight Simulator X which launched in December 2014.
The upcoming title comes with dozens of improvements including a day and night engine which allows players to fly at any time, a real-time weather system, ground traffic, and a living breathing world with people and animals.
The game will also include accurate, three-dimensional representations of the world including buildings, water, trees, and terrain, all of which is generated through Microsoft Azure technology. The game will include more than two million cities and towns as well as over 40,000 airports.
Speaking about the game, Jorg Neumann, the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, said in a statement: “We have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years.
“Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.”
Three Game Editions
According to The Verge, there will be three different versions at launch; the standard edition at £59.99, a deluxe edition at £79.99, and a premium edition at £109.99. The standard edition comes with 20 planes and 30 airports, the deluxe edition comes with an additional five airports and planes, and the premium edition includes an additional 10 planes and airports.
As reported by Eurogamer, out of the 40,000 airports in the game, 40 of them feature “hand-crafted” elements made to improve the user experience. These additional elements are split across the three editions of the game so players who purchase the standard edition will be able to access all airports in the game but will miss out on some of the “hand-crafted” elements included with the premium edition.
You can take a look at which airports have these “handcrafted” elements below, as well as a list of all the planes available per edition.
The game will launch for PC and with Xbox Game Pass for PC. There is currently no word on a Steam release for the game but Microsoft has confirmed that the game will launch on the Xbox One and Series X consoles in the future.
Microsoft is going to hold its Xbox next-gen game showcase event later this month where we may receive more information about the game and its eventual release for the Xbox consoles. So stay tuned to find out more!
Image Credit: Microsoft Flight Simulator Trailer – YouTube