Microsoft Flight Simulator Update Adds Helicopters, Gliders, and More for 40th Anniversary
In honour of Microsoft’s 40th anniversary, Asobo Studios has announced a special anniversary version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which will include new aircraft types. Released in 2020 for PC and Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is the most recent instalment in the long-running flight simulation series.
Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around for a very long time, having debuted in 1982. Players on consoles and PCs now have access to a hefty update thanks to the release of a 40th Anniversary Edition. All players, including those who subscribe to Game Pass, will get these upgrades at no additional cost.
The Wright Flyer from 1903, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny from 1915, and the Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose” from 1947 have all been introduced to the game as part of a free update released today. These classic aircraft are joined by others, such as helicopters and gliders, that have returned to the series. Additionally, Flight Sim has a fully realised Airbus A310 that has been replicated right down to the smallest of details.
Players will be thrilled to see that in addition to these cutting-edge flight enhancements, the game also has 15 glider airports, iconic airfields like Chicago’s Meigs Field, and 14 new heliports. The latter is something that fans of the series will be familiar with, since it has always been the airport where the franchise has been based. Similarly to the Top Gun: Maverick crossover with Flight Simulator earlier this year, users will have their flying talents put to the test. Even the most seasoned pilots will be put to the test by the 24 obstacles that have previously appeared in the series.
Asobo Studio, the game’s developers, have released many substantial additions in the last year. Recently, an upgrade to Flight Simulator focusing on Italy was released, enhancing the simulation’s fidelity with respect to that European nation. The creators going to such great pains to commemorate the series reaching this landmark milestone will undoubtedly be well received by fans.
Microsoft Flight Simulator has been a staple of PC and Xbox gaming for almost 50 years. While most players enjoy the convenience of playing from home, a dedicated few have included Mario Kart courses into Flight Sim. That’s the case even if the game’s engine doesn’t have any dedicated racing elements. Given the enthusiasm of the player base, it will be fascinating to see how the new features are implemented.
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