Microsoft Flight Simulator gets the GOTY Edition with free planes and more


In a surprise announcement, Asobo and Microsoft announced a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator – the edition of the game of the year. Following its first anniversary, the new GOTY edition was created as a “celebration” of the journey up to this point, according to the development team. This new version of the game will offer many goodies to fans.

First, it will feature five brand new planes, including Asobo’s first official helicopter-type ship: the VoloCity. In addition, there will be eight new handcrafted planes in the United States and Europe, in addition to the inclusion of more than 500 missing airports in the United States. Speaking of landscape improvements, new photogrammetry cities will be added across Europe. New missions are also added in the form of six new Discovery Flights scattered around the world and new tutorials covering two types of flight: bushflight and IFR. A much-requested feature is also coming: support for DirectX 12.

This is described as an “early access” edition, so further improvements are expected to follow in 2022. Additionally, Microsoft Flight Simulator will also benefit from an updated weather system and, finally, a built-in replay system (albeit via dev mode).

Free for all

With all these new benefits, the question remains: “What is it going to cost me?” ” Fortunately, all of this content for Microsoft Flight Simulator will be completely free for existing customers on Steam, the Microsoft Store and Game Pass. It will be released as a Big Update on November 18. Newcomers, however, will have the same purchasing options as before: Standard, Premium, or Premium Deluxe editions. GOTY content will be included.

November will also see the release of Microsoft Flight Simulatorfirst paid extension of: the Reno Air Races. This will include 40 new racing jets and a fully online air racing experience. Additionally, Sim Update VII will also arrive around the same time as the last major sim update in 2021.


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