Microsoft Flight Simulator Marks 40th Anniversary

Asobo Studio has announced a special 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate the longest-running game franchise at Microsoft.

The 40th Anniversary Edition will reintroduce classic airports and aircraft from earlier versions of the franchise, including Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary

Many of these aircraft were made in collaboration with third-party developers, including iniSimulations, MilViz, Bluemesh and Aeroplane Heaven. Microsoft also collaborated with the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum to bring the 'Spirit of St. Louis' to the 40th Anniversary Edition.

The team also plans to add helicopters with an all-new Fluid Dynamics Simulation, gliders and a highly detailed, true-to-life Airbus A310 airliner.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary

Historic Aircraft: Wright Flyer, Ryan NYP 'Spirit of St. Louis', Douglas DC-3 and de Havilland Canada DHC-2-Beaver.

Helicopters: Bell-407 and Guimbal Cabri G2.

Gliders: DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18 and DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo.

Airliner: Airbus A310.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary

Finally, in an exclusive partnership with the Halo franchise and 343 Industries, Microsoft Flight Simulator introduces a detailed version of Halo Infinite Pelican, available for free in the in-sim Marketplace.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary

The 40th Anniversary Edition is free for all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator and on Xbox Game Pass. It is due to be released in November 2022.