Microsoft Flight Simulator’s sixth World Update was supposed to be released today, but it was ultimately delayed to September 7th to ensure it “reaches a very high level of quality”. Nonetheless, the team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator has announced today many major updates to look forward to, all coming to the game later this year!
World Update VI
Focused on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this free update will feature many enhancements to the region, including new aerials and elevation maps, new photogrammetry cities, 4 hand-crafted airports, nearly 100 POIs and new discovery flights, landing challenges, and bush trips.
It was also confirmed that the 4 hand-crafted airports are EDHL Lübeck Airport and EDDS Stuttgart Airport in Germany, LOWK Klagenfurt Airport in Austria and LSZR St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland.
World Update VI will be available for download in the in-sim marketplace free-of-charge on September 7th.
Local Legend I: Junkers JU-52
A new series of releases were also announced for the game, which will constantly coincide with World Updates: Local Legends, which will bring aircrafts that are famous in the region of the world update, but often are not as well known to a worldwide audience.
Arriving alongside World Update VI is the Junkers JU-52, a famous German plane from 1930. The entire aircraft was scanned with a high-resolution digital scanner to achieve an extremely high level of detail and accuracy.
The Junkers JU-52 will be available in the simulator on September 7th for $14.99.
While the “Local Legends” series celebrates the history of aviation, Microsoft Flight Simulator is also working with organizations around the world that are shaping the future of aviation.
Microsoft Flight Simulator has partnered up with German company Volocopter to bring an eVTOL air taxi focused on urban flights called VoloCity to the game. This air taxi represents the team’s first step toward the introduction of one of the widely-requested aircraft – helicopters!
The VoloCity air taxi will release in November of this year.
Reno Air Races
Finally, Microsoft Flight Simulator has also partnered up with the Reno Air Racing Association to bring the STIHL National Championship Air Races to the game.
It represents the first major expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Simmers will now be able to race against their friends or pilots from around the world with the addition of competitive multiplayer to the sim.
The Reno Air Races expansion pack will be available this Fall.