During the gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream, Asobo announced several updates coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator over the next few months to PC and Xbox Series X|S.
World Update VI
The latest World Update covers the region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. New aerial imagery, high-resolution elevation maps and several new 3D cities in Germany, Basel in Switzerland, Graz and Vienna in Austria drastically enhance these three countries and the mountain ranges of the Alps. The team has also hand-crafted 100 famous locations, Points of Interest (POIs) and several airports like Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and St. Gallen. The update also includes new discovery flights, landing challenges and bush trips across the region. World Update VI will be available for download in the in-sim marketplace free-of-charge on September 7.
Local Legend I: Junkers JU-52
The team also announced a new series of releases called 'Local Legends' that will frequently coincide with World Updates. These aircraft are famous in the region of the world update, but often are not as well known to a worldwide audience. For World Update VI the team chose a German aircraft from 1930, the Junkers JU-52.
The team has gone to great lengths to recreate the aircraft as authentically and accurately as possible. They scanned a real JU-52 with a high-resolution digital scanner to achieve an extremely high level of detail and accuracy. The team had the support of Bernd Junkers, the grandson of the original designer, Hugo Junkers, and also worked with an organisation that preserves one of the last surviving examples of this famous aircraft. To ensure complete accuracy, the team consulted with one of the few pilots who flew one of the last Junkers JU-52. The Junkers JU-52 will be available in the simulator on September 7 for $14.99.
While the 'Local Legends' series celebrates the history of aviation, Asobo Studio is also working with organisations around the world that are shaping the future of aviation. They have partnered with Volocopter, a German company creating an eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) air taxi for urban flights called 'VoloCity'. In collaboration with the team at Volocopter, they are integrating electric air taxis and incorporating Volocopter’s vision for urban air mobility city operations into Microsoft Flight Simulator. The VoloCity air taxi will release in November of this year.
Reno Air Race
Finally, Asobo announced a partnership with RARA (the Reno Air Racing Association) to bring the famous STIHL National Championship Air Races, the world’s fastest motorsport, to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Many of the aircraft can fly up to 500 mph at an altitude between 50ft and 250ft above ground level. The Reno Air Race 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 Race expansion pack will be available this fall.