14 years later, since the last release in 2006 (not counting the Steam re-release), and MSFS is back! Weirdly, Microsoft chose gaming industry show E3 in Los Angeles as its announcement venue. While this seems to be considered a “game”, Microsoft and its developers at the “Studios” now make 5 important points [our notes in brackets]:
- We are making Microsoft Flight Simulator. Emphasis on the word SIMULATOR. [Yes!]
- Designed for PC, optimized for multiplatform support (e.g. Xbox). [Ok]
- Yes. We are supporting 3rd Party Content Development and Community Content creation. We are aware of the concerns in the current eco-system and are working to address them. [Great]
- Yes. We genuinely want to work closely with the community in the development of this title. [Same point as above?]
- Accessibility is important to us. Whatever your abilities are, if you want to fly, we are going to do whatever we can to make that happen. Yoke and pedals, mouse and keyboard, controller, etc. No pilot should be left behind. [Sounds good!]
All we know at this stage that it will have some powerful AI behind it (Azure powered) and perhaps 4k. This means that lots of computing power may be required, but think about this: the last new version of MSFSX run at a time where the new processor was the mighty Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 Ghz and the graphic card everyone wanted was the GeForce 7950 GX2 with 1GB of VRAM. Amazing at that time, as they were, they mark a distant past in computing power.
August seem to be the month for more announcements about this new release, so we will stay tuned. We look forward to test an early version, if Microsoft will give us access to one. They have published a program called Insider FAQ, to which everyone can subscribe. “The Insider program is the way Microsoft Flight Simulator fans and community members can collaborate with our development teams to improve the simulation, experience, and services. As an Insider, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and insights that help shape and inform current franchise initiatives and the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator.” Go for it, you may be part of the development of the greatest simulator yet to come…!
In the meantime here is the trailer. 4K? Ok!
Microsoft Flight Simulator - E3 2019 - Announce TrailerComing 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.
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Audio Description: https://youtu.be/OsSSTScWpfg