The much-awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator will finally arrive on PC on August 18, and will also be simultaneously available on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) on the same day.

“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. We have the right tools, technology, partners, and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date,” Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator said in the announcement 

The major highlights of Microsoft Flight Stimulator include:  

Vivid and Detailed Landscapes — Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers, and more. 

A Living World — Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather, and animals.

Highly Detailed Aircraft — Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.

New Checklist System — From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist.

Dynamic Weather — The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more.

New Day & Night Engine — Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation.

Aerodynamic Modeling — A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available in three editions: Standard ($59.99 – 20 planes and 30 handcrafted airports), Deluxe ($89.99 – 25 planes and 35 handcrafted airports) and Premium Deluxe ($119.99 – 35 planes and 45 handcrafted airports). 

In addition to its digital versions, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available as a retail disc version at European stores via Aerosoft. For more information on these retail disc versions in Europe, you can visit the Aerosoft website.

You can pre-order and/or pre-download the game now from Microsoft Store here

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