Microsoft Flight Simulator adds helicopters and gliders in November

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Microsoft Flight Simulator receives two new updates, Microsoft revealed in a blog post Thursday. The first, City Update 01, concerns the improvement of Germany and is available from August 25th. The second, much larger update is for the 40th Anniversary Edition of the game, which will add helicopters, gliders, and more on November 11. Both updates are free for fans who already own Microsoft Flight simulator or are Game Pass subscribers.

City Update 01 celebrates Gamescom by adding photogrammetric versions of five German cities to the game. Players can now fly over photorealistic versions of Hannover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bronn and Cologne. In the reveal blog, Microsoft pointed out that fans will be able to spot the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne, which hosts Gamescom every year.

When it comes to the 40th Anniversary Edition, the biggest feature is the new vehicle types – helicopters and gliders – returning to the franchise for the first time since 2006. But the update is more than just ” hover simulator,” and will also add some in-demand planes to the game. Most notably, the Airbus A-310 airliner will enter the game on November 11, and every button in the cockpit will have a function.

The 40th Anniversary Edition will also bring new historical aircraft, airfields and remastered missions from old flight simulation games. Here’s the full breakdown of new items coming to the game in November:

  • Four classic commercial airports
  • 10 glider airports
  • 12 new planes
  • 14 helipads
  • 20 classic missions

Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently available on Xbox and PC Game Pass.

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