Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets First City Update, 40th Anniversary on the Way

Posted on August 25, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Project xCloud, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 2 Comments

With the game’s 40th anniversary approaching, Microsoft has issued its first-ever city update for Flight Simulator. But there’s more coming too.

“To celebrate the return of Gamescom, Microsoft Flight Simulator has released its first-ever City Update today featuring five brand-new photogrammetry German cities: Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne,” Microsoft’s Jorg Neumann writes. “Furthermore, the exciting 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available for free on November 11, 2022 to those who own Microsoft Flight Simulator or Xbox Game Pass members and will feature, for the first time since 2006, helicopters and gliders, the most requested enhancements by our community.”

Like other Flight Simulator updates, City Update 01 (German Cities) is available for free. It features five new photogrammetry German cities—Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne—and can be downloaded from the in-game marketplace now.

As for the 40th anniversary, Microsoft has a lot planned. These updates, which will also be free, include the return of helicopters and gliders, as noted, the true-to-life Airbus A-310 airliner, seven new historical aircraft (the 1903 Wright Flyer, the 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the 1935 Douglas DC-3, the beautiful 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose, the 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, and the famous 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose), four classic commercial airports (including Meigs Field in Chicago), 10 glider airports, 14 heliports, and 20 classic missions from the franchise’s past.

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