Microsoft Flight Simulator launches for PC on August 18. Microsoft has held private alpha tests of the new game in recent months and is ready for pre-order and pre-installation today. Microsoft Flight Simulator is the latest installment in the hyper-detailed series that has been running since the 1980s. It follows the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition in 2014.
“We are excited and honored by the support and dedication the Flight Sim community has fueled over the past 38 years,” says Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator. “Since the launch of the first-ever Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to launch the next generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.“
The latest game includes a new day and night engine that allows players to fly at any time of the day, as well as a new checklist system that scales for beginners or professional players with instrument guidance and checklists before takeoff. Microsoft Flight Simulator also includes real-time weather, live traffic and animals around the living world.
Microsoft is launching three different versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator, with the standard edition for $ 59.99 with 20 planes and 30 airports. The deluxe edition costs $ 89.99 and includes five additional planes and five additional airports. The premium deluxe edition includes a total of 10 additional planes and 10 additional airports and costs $ 119.99.
Airports such as San Francisco or London’s Heathrow Airport are locked behind the premium edition, while Chicago O’Hare Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol are available in the deluxe version. Microsoft Flight Simulator is also launched for free as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC.