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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 coming to Steam — Release date confirmed

Microsoft released an update for its upcoming Flight Simulator title. Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft flight simulator developers update 2

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Microsoft confirmed that all Flight Simulator versions will be coming to Steam, and gamers can place their orders ahead of the highly anticipated launch on 18 August 2020. Here’s what we know.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 release

As reported back in May, the scheduled launch was announced as Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 started a closed beta, roughly 14 years after Flight Simulator’s initial launch in 2006.

We are now at the next stage in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. The game is planned for release on 18 August 2020. However, players with a Game Pass will get free access to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 base version first.

According to EuroGamer, the standard edition will include 20 planes and 30 airports. Players will also have the option of choosing to upgrade to deluxe or premium editions to access additional versions of airports and even more aircraft.

Jorg Neumann, the head of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, told Eurogamer that the team vows to make the the game available on all devices, even though that will take quite some time. He said:

“The dream to make another Microsoft Flight Simulator was always alive at Microsoft. […] Theconvergence of tech, tools, and partners, we can create something really special together.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 developers update

Microsoft released the Flight Simulator 2020 developers update back in May, after months of hard work on the alpha build update 1.3.x.x. Microsoft announced at the time that it would include several fixes for the Airbus A320.

Top issues, other than Airbus A320, include: Camera issues, installation issues, insufficient draw distance of other planes online, peripheral support, terrain and DEM issues, as well as World/Airport data offsets.

What’s new with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft shared a Flight Simulator developers update, which includes stunning screenshots to showcase planes, environments and cities from the simulator’s latest alpha build.

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In the 2020 build of Microsoft Flight Simulator, players will be able to fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world and create flight plans to fly anywhere on the planet.

The new build also includes day/night environments, as well as challenging weather conditions coupled with breathtaking cloud simulations; you’ll believe you’re soaring.

We’ve spent a few extra days incorporating a number of fixes for the Airbus A320 based on feedback from the community testers. We’ve completed integration and now just running a final pass to ensure everything is working, as expected.

Microsoft Flight Simulator developer team

The Feedback wishlist for future builds include: third party content, AI traffic, ATC, helicopters, support for advanced setups, seasons, and shared cockpit functionality.

Microsoft Flight Simulator launch date

Microsoft Flight Simulator beta phase launched in July 2020 after a new alpha build was released for all Insiders on 11 May 2020. An update on previously postponed deliverables was also released in June.

As for the development roadmap: “We have released version 5.01 of the Development Roadmap (June/July preview). If you are interested in checking out the updated DR, please head into the Insider Area.”

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Image credit for the screenshots: Microsoft developers: WhiteLight506, TheFlightSimGuy, Tomlaut1980, Fhcraig, Simtom112 and Wolff123.

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