Microsoft Flight Simulator - Japan World Update

The world in Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a major update, starting with the island nation of Japan on September 29.

The Bing Maps team delivered six photogrammetry cities and an all-new digital elevation map that increases the detail of the entirety of Japan significantly. The team also had help from scenery and airport developer, Gaya Simulations. Gaya created three airports RJFU – Nagasaki, RJTH – Hachijojima, and RJCK – Kushiro as well as all of the 20 new POIs. added a new traditional Japanese building type. The team at Asobo has created three additional airports – ROKR – Kerama, RORS – Shimojisjima and RJX8 – Suwanosejima as well as the three landing challenges.

This update will be free for all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Asobo concluded: "As we've always said, our launch in August was just the beginning. Our goal is to provide you with a meaningful update to the sim every month. In addition to increasing the visual detail of the planet with future World Updates, we also plan to add Simulation Updates every 2-3 months that will further enhance the overall sim experience. On top of that, we are developing some exciting paid DLC that we plan to roll out over the coming months and years, and we will share more information in the future."

Third-Party Developers

Applications to the Marketplace Partner Program have now passed 1000. Every day, announcements of new airports, aircraft and other useful tools and add-ons are released. Last week, four new products were launched in the in-sim marketplace – including Carenado's second aircraft along with new airports from Aerosoft, ORBX and Stairport. With over 40 approved partners, the next weeks will feature even more great new releases.