Microsoft will launch its highly anticipated Flight Simulator next month on 18 August 2020 on PC. The company has been hosting a private alpha test for the new game over the past few months and it is ready for launch. However, the game will only arrive on PC at first with the Xbox One version still in development for an unannounced release date. The game marks the latest entry in the series which has been running since the 1980s. It is also the first new game to release since 2014’s Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.
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The game brings with it a load of new features including a new day and night engine that dynamically changes the experience. There’s also a new checklist system that scales for new and pro players with an instrument and guidance checklist before a flight. The game also includes new real-time weather, live traffic and even wildlife.
The only downside to this release is the confusing package options Microsoft is putting up for sale. There will be three editions of the game. The Standard Edition (R999) will have 20 planes and 30 airports. The Deluxe Edition (R1,399) includes an additional five planes and airports. The Premium Edition (R1,899) includes an additional 10 planes and airports. Pricing increases as the tiers go up.
Some large airports are locked behind the bigger versions of the game. For example, players won’t get San Francisco or London’s Heathrow airport without splurging R1,899 for the game. It kinda sucks. However, the game is also launching free as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC but subscribers will only get the standard edition.
Check out the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator PC trailer down below and take a look at the PC requirements here.