Lower than two months after the launch of the sport itself, the workforce behind Microsoft Flight Simulator has unveiled a significant free replace. The primary in a sequence of staggered free and for-pay upgrades, this World Replace focuses on Japan and might be launched Sept. 29, Microsoft introduced Thursday throughout Tokyo Recreation Present On-line 2020.
Flight Simulator makes use of satellite tv for pc, photographic, and different publicly and privately out there knowledge units to recreate the whole planet for gamers to fly over. Previous to the sport’s launch on Aug. 18, builders at Asobo Studio and Xbox Recreation Studios defined their post-launch roadmap to the press in a non-public briefing. They stated that after the sport’s digital actuality programs have been buttoned up, the following step could be to launch World Replace 1. These updates, they stated, would enable the builders to revisit a discrete portion of the globe and spruce the place up a bit. However on the time, it was not clear at what scale or how frequently these updates could be made.
Now, with the announcement of World Replace 1: Japan, we all know that it’s doable for the builders to replace the appear and feel of a complete nation in a single go.
“The replace options an upgraded digital elevation map throughout the whole nation, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six outstanding Japanese cities (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama), and 6 handcrafted native airports (Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima, and Suwanosejima),” stated Jeremy Hinton, head of Xbox Asia, in an Xbox Wire article.
World Replace 1 may even introduce new Touchdown Challenges set at airports throughout Japan.
These modifications won’t solely modify the appear and feel of the built-up areas of Japan, however will easy out any incongruities within the countryside as effectively — lots of which jumped out at gamers quickly after launch. In consequence, anticipate far more practical terrain in any respect altitudes. The trailer for World Replace 1 exhibits off dozens of recent buildings, areas, and factors of curiosity all through Japan. The listing contains cultural websites, like Himeji Fortress and the well-known “floating” torii gate at Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine, in addition to airports and concrete facilities. It ought to be nice for gamers desperate to do some digital journey.
Getting again to the post-launch roadmap after World Replace 1, followers ought to anticipate Microsoft Flight Simulator’s subsequent replace to deal with the nuts and bolts of the airplanes themselves. It’ll be referred to as Sim Replace 1, and will embrace something from improved flight fashions to new planes altogether. Just like the World Replace, that content material might be free.
Following the Sim Replace, that’s when the workforce will announce its first paid downloadable content material. The cycle will repeat from there — World Replace, Sim Replace, paid DLC. Nothing past the Japan replace has been introduced, however the builders actually have plans in thoughts. They inform Polygon they’re in it for the lengthy haul, with the purpose of treating Microsoft Flight Simulator as a platform for the following decade.
There’s phrase but on when Microsoft Flight Simulator might be making its promised debut on Xbox consoles. The discharge window of the sport’s VR improve has additionally not been introduced, and is anticipated to hinge on the discharge of the HP Reverb G2 headset. The sport is at the moment out there solely on Home windows PC, the place you should purchase it outright or entry it by the Xbox Recreation Cross for PC subscription service. For extra on Microsoft Flight Simulator, take a look at our information.