author: Milosz Szubert
Microsoft Flight Simulator GOTY Update Launches Today
Today, Microsoft Flight Simulator will receive the GOTY update, which will introduce a number of new features. It will be free for all owners of the game.
- Today, Microsoft Flight Simulator will receive an update to the GOTY version;
- It will be free for all owners of the title;
- Among other things, the patch will introduce five new aircraft and eight hand-modeled airports.
This past year was a successful one for the devs at Asobo. Their Microsoft Flight Simulator is still popular and was even nominated for the prestigious The Game Awards (it has a chance to win the statuette for best simulation/strategy game). Today is another important day for this production. In accordance with the earlier announcement it will receive the Game of The Year (in short GOTY) update. It will be completely free for all owners of any edition of the title on PC and Xbox Series X/S and will land on the servers most likely around 4 PM GMT.
What will be included in the upcoming GOTY update for Microsoft Flight Simulator? A whole bunch of different attractions, as presented below:
- Five new aircraft (VoloCity, Pilatus PC-6 Porter, CubCrafters NX Cub, Aviat Pitts Special S1S, and the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet that will be featured in Top Gun: Maverick).
- Eight airports, hand-modeled by the developers, that were previously generated automatically (Leipzig/Halle Airport, Allgäu Airport Memmingen and Kassel Airport in Germany; Lugano Airport, Zurich Airport and Luzern-Beromunster Airport in Switzerland; Patrick Space Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the USA).
- Further sightseeing flights in locations such as Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mecca, Monument Valley, Singapore and Cook Mountain.
- Fourteen new tutorials that explain, for example, how to navigate an airplane in difficult terrain.
- Photogrammetrical enhancement of Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Brighton, Derby, Eastbourne, Newcastle, Nottingham and Utrecht.
- A number of technical improvements requested by the community - an updated weather system, early DirectX 12 support and a replay system in developer mode.
What's more, today also marks the debut of the paid DLC with Reno Air Races, which will introduce to Microsoft Flight Simulator multiplayer mode focused on competition. More details can be found in this news.
So as you can see, it will definitely be worth getting back to Microsoft Flight Simulator after the GOTY update and see how all the new features work in action. And if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, there's nothing stopping you from purchasing it (there are three editions available: Standard, Deluxe and Premium Deluxe), or paying for Xbox Game Pass, where Asobo's work is still available.
- Microsoft Flight Simulator - official website
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Review – The Biggest Sandbox Ever
- Microsoft Flight Simulator - game guide