A lot is happening in the developer Adobe’s fantastic Microsoft Flight Simulator between now and the end of the year, which starts with September’s makeover for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. However, that’s just the beginning, with the developer now confirming two new aircraft, plus a competitive multiplayer mode coming this fall.
World Update 6, as we already knew, arrives on September 7 and aims to drastically improve Flight Simulator rendering of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition to visual upgrades, it will introduce around 1
That “and more” was elaborated during tonight’s Xbox Gamescom Showcase, and takes the form of a new pilotable aircraft: the Junkers JU-52. This German aircraft from the 1930s comes as part of a new series of paid DLC. Asobo calls Local Legends and introduces new aircraft that are well known in the local area for each world update, but which are perhaps less known to a worldwide audience. The Junkers JU-52 arrives September 7 and costs $ 14.99 USD.
But that’s not the case for new aircraft, and November brings a more forward-looking aircraft to Flight Simulator: VoloCity, described as an eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft taxi intended for city travel. This addition, part of Asobo’s work with companies that “shape the future of aviation”, is said to be the “first step” towards the introduction of helicopters.
Most unexpected of all, however, is the impending arrival of competitive multiplayer in the game. This will be added to the recently announced Reno Air Races expansion, where Asobo joins forces with the Reno Air Racing Association to bring the STIHL National Championship Air Races – “the world’s fastest motorsport” – to Flight Simulator.
Asobo calls this game “the first major expansion”, and it will bring, as Flight Simulator leader Jorg Neumann said during tonight’s Gamescom showcase, “all the famous racing planes in the world”. It will contain aircraft capable of flying up to 500 km / h at an altitude of between 50 feet and 250 feet above the ground, allowing friends and strangers to run together around the world.
It is unclear whether this (or indeed November’s VoloCity) will be paid extra, but hopefully Asobo and Microsoft will soon have more to share.