Microsoft unveils a 40th anniversary edition of Flight Simulator

To celebrate the forty years of its famous Flight Simulator game, Microsoft offers a rather nice extension. Older than Super Mario Bros, the title – marketed by Redmond in 1982 – is still a hit. We will take this opportunity to recall that the Apple II had also recovered in 1979 its FS1 Flight Simulator designed by Bruce Artwick (the creator of the concept) and subLOGIC.

A dreadful update for the 40th anniversary!

This special edition will feature: four classic commercial airports, ten glider airports, twelve new aircraft (including seven historic), fourteen helipads, twenty classic missions from the franchise’s past. It will be possible to use planes from previous iterations. Note that most of them were designed by third-party developers, such as IniBuilds (for the Airbus 310), MilViz, Bluemesh or even Airplane Heave.

In terms of noveltieswe note in the category historic aircraft : the Wright Flyer, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the Ryan NYP (Spirit of St. Louis), Douglas DC-3, Grumman G-21 Goose, 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, Hughes H-4 Hercules. On the helicopter side, the Bell-407 and the Guimbal Cabri G2. And for planters, the DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18 and the DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo. And for airliners, the Airbus A310!

Distributed through thirteen variations since its inception, the graphics have of course evolved with time and technologies. The title is now available on Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC and even in cloud gaming on any possible medium (smartphone, tablet or connected TV). Thus, the latest version has a total of thousands of airports, thirty aircraft, real-time weather, day and night flight, but also an extremely realistic world model.

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