Asobo Studio has announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator to mark its achievement as “Game of the Year”.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year (GOTY) will add five new aircraft and eight handcrafted airports.
To mark the launch of Windows 11, from October 19 to November 18, Asobo Studio has selected 11 landmarks across the globe that will be lit up in ‘Windows Blue’ along with a special Windows 11 themed livery for the EXTRA 330LT.
The GOTY Edition will add five new aircraft:
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet: The Top Gun: Maverick expansion will release with the movie next spring, but according to Asobo, the team wanted simmers to have the opportunity to test their “need for speed this holiday”.
VoloCity eVTOL: An urban air taxi, developed by the Volocopter engineering team. It is an authentic version of a prototype aircraft for the simulator and is a teaser of what you can look forward to in 2022 when helicopters are planned to be launched in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Pilatus PC-6 Porter: The Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft from Switzerland comes with several cockpits, cabins, and landing gear variations. It is the result of a close collaboration with the manufacturer and the development efforts by Hans Hartmann and Alexander Metzger.
CubCrafters NX Cub: Yakima-based CubCrafters recently introduced a nosewheel option of the CC-19 XCub aircraft.
Aviat Pitts Special S1S: One of the most popular aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a single-seat option with the release of this aircraft.
Eight handcrafted airports in Central Europe and the United States include:
- Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP)
- Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA)
- Kassel Airport (EDVK)
- Lugano Airport (LSZA)
- Zurich Airport (LSZH)
- Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO)
- Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF)
- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX)
In addition, The Game of the Year release adds around 545 previously missing airports in the US.
New Discovery Flights will be added at six locations around the world: Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mecca, Monument Valley, Singapore, and Mount Cook.
To further expand the on-board experience, 14 new tutorials will be added, introducing simmers to bush flying in an Icon A5 and IFR in a Cessna 172.
Several highly requested features by the community are being added; an updated weather system, early access to DX12 and a dev mode replay system.
New Photogrammetry Cities
As part of our ongoing collaboration with Bing Maps, Asobo is adding several new photogrammetry cities: Helsinki (Finland), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Brighton, Derby, Eastbourne, Newcastle, and Nottingham (UK) and Utrecht (Netherlands).
Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will be available as a free update for existing players on PC and Xbox Series X|S.