Created by Microsoft and Asobo Studio, the Seattle company's 14-year in the making return to flight simulation is complete with news today that Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released.
Announced in June 2019 - only hours after the conclusion of Flight Sim Expo in Orlando - the new simulator took the FS world by storm and has since forced a number of changes in the industry. Third-party developers have scrambled to change their plans, some starting or even cancelling projects as a result.
This very site, Threshold, even saw a change in alignment come the start of this year.
Around about that time, it was announced that applications for the sim's Closed Alpha phase were open, beginning a program that would run all the way to release day, under a few different names - most recently, Closed Beta.
Public beta testing will close on August 17th at 10am PDT, after which time a release build is required to use the simulator.
Xbox's newswire lists the following features for Microsoft Flight Simulator:
There are three editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator that you can get your hands on, Standard, Deluxe and Premium Deluxe.
On the low end, with 20 aircraft and 30 airports, Standard edition weighs in at $59.99 USD. The step up, Deluxe, brings at $30 price increase - RRP $89.99 USD - and five more aircraft and airports.
Lastly, top of the range Premium Deluxe comes with 30 aircraft and 40 airports and a price tag of $119.99 USD.
For a full list of the airports and aircraft in each tier of Microsoft Flight Simulator, see a previous article.
Microsoft Flight Simulator has a rolling release schedule, with release coming at midnight in each respective timezone. This article is published at the time of the first release - UTC+14.
Other important times to note down:
To see a more exhaustive rundown of when the simulator will be available in your timezone, see a previous article for more information.
Pre-orderees are able to install roughly 800 MB of Microsoft Flight Simulator prior to release in their country.
At midnight, you'll be able to run the executable and will be prompted in-game to download the rest of the 127 GB package.
You can purchase Microsoft Flight Simulator from the Microsoft Store here. Standard - Deluxe - Premium Deluxe.
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