Less than two months after the launch of the game itself, the staff behind Microsoft Flight Simulator has unveiled a serious free replace. The first in a collection of staggered free and for-pay upgrades, this World Update focuses on Japan and will likely be launched Sept. 29, Microsoft announced Thursday during Tokyo Game Show Online 2020.
Flight Simulator makes use of satellite tv for pc, photographic, and different publicly and privately accessible data sets to recreate the complete planet for gamers to fly over. Prior to the game’s launch on Aug. 18, builders at Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios defined their post-launch roadmap to the press in a personal briefing. They stated that after the game’s digital actuality techniques had been buttoned up, the subsequent step could be to launch World Update 1. These updates, they stated, would enable the builders to revisit a discrete portion of the globe and spruce the place up a bit. But on the time, it was not clear at what scale or how usually these updates could be made.
Now, with the announcement of World Update 1: Japan, we all know that it’s doable for the builders to replace the feel and appear of a complete nation in a single go.
“The update features an upgraded digital elevation map across the entire country, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six prominent Japanese cities (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama), and six handcrafted local airports (Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima, and Suwanosejima),” stated Jeremy Hinton, head of Xbox Asia, in an Xbox Wire article.
World Update 1 will even introduce new Landing Challenges set at airports throughout Japan.
These adjustments won’t solely regulate the feel and appear of the built-up areas of Japan, however will easy out any incongruities within the countryside as effectively — lots of which jumped out at gamers quickly after launch. As a end result, anticipate rather more sensible terrain in any respect altitudes. The trailer for World Update 1 reveals off dozens of recent buildings, areas, and factors of curiosity all through Japan. The checklist consists of cultural websites, like Himeji Castle and the well-known “floating” torii gate at Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine, in addition to airports and concrete facilities. It must be nice for gamers desperate to do some digital journey.
Getting again to the post-launch roadmap after World Update 1, followers ought to anticipate Microsoft Flight Simulator’s subsequent replace to concentrate on the nuts and bolts of the airplanes themselves. It’ll be referred to as Sim Update 1, and will embrace something from improved flight fashions to new planes altogether. Like the World Update, that content material will likely be free.
Following the Sim Update, that’s when the staff will announce its first paid downloadable content material. The cycle will repeat from there — World Update, Sim Update, paid DLC. Nothing past the Japan replace has been introduced, however the builders actually have plans in thoughts. They inform Polygon they’re in it for the lengthy haul, with the purpose of treating Microsoft Flight Simulator as a platform for the next decade.
There’s phrase but on when Microsoft Flight Simulator will likely be making its promised debut on Xbox consoles. The launch window of the game’s VR improve has additionally not been introduced, and is anticipated to hinge on the discharge of the HP Reverb G2 headset. The game is at the moment accessible solely on Windows PC, the place you should purchase it outright or entry it by means of the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription service. For extra on Microsoft Flight Simulator, check out our guide.