World Update 3: The UK and Ireland are now live for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The update adds details and improvements across the region – including Scotland and Wales – and is available for free on Windows PC.
According to a blog post made Tuesday morning, the dependence of the update is heavily on photogrammetry to reproduce the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Oxford, as well as several airports, including Barra, Liverpool, Land’s End, Manchester-Barton and Out Skerries. Another 85 airports have had “visual and logistical improvements” according to Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
“In addition, we have added compelling architectural elements throughout the region, from British mansions and Victorian homes to rural stone structures, castles and churches ̵
Right after the game was launched, Polygon took a tour of the Thames only to discover that it waved at someone pretty stupid. Today’s trailer – rendered in the game and in 4K – seems to show that these kinds of anomalies have largely been cleared up. We are also pleased to report that Stonehenge is no longer a grassy area on the ground.
This is the third world update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which was launched in August 2020 for critical acclaim. The previous modules added detail and definition to Japan and the United States, respectively.
The team at Asobo Studio has told Polygon in previous interviews that the development plan was designed in such a way that it would draw attention to regions on the planet where many of the customers live, and that it would eventually also cover other parts of the world. The game is now compatible with virtual reality devices and is expected to hit consoles this summer.