Microsoft Flight Simulator update beautifies Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Microsoft Flight Simulator‘s next big update enhances the look of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The World Update 6 update was unveiled by developers during the Gamescom gaming convention. The update is free for Windows PCs and Xbox on September 7.
Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator tells Polygon this World Update contains the most recent data ever added to the game.
Neumann stated that “we pick a region when there is great data: new satellite and aerial data.” “In this instance, we have new satellite data and aerials from 2020. So it’s what we refer to as ‘fresh’. Then we work often with the [regional governments] for better elevation data. This is a huge help with things like mountain data. In the original release, the Alps were a little flat.
Today’s trailer features new landmarks and cities such as Basel, Switzerland, Graz, Vienna, Austria, and the newly upgraded Lubeck, Stuttgart and Klagenfurt Airports.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was originally released on PC one year ago. Recently, it made the transition to Xbox Series X and offers a remarkable experience. It is also available as part of Xbox Game Pass, which means that millions of people can get it. World Updates are part the game’s ongoing development and can be downloaded for free. They include more detailed terrain and high resolution landmarks created with a combination of photogrammetry and painstaking digital rendering.
The previous World Updates included enhancements for areas within the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and France as well as the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland and Norway. Neumann stated that the most popular World Update features Japan-specific locations.
Neumann stated that Japan wasn’t a big part of the flight sim community. People start building airports. People are building planes. A community of simmers is now emerging. That was precisely the point [of World Updates]. It was like, “Hey, look at flight simming.” You can see your country from the top and decide if you like it. Maybe you will fall in love with flying, just like us.
Computer users with powerful computers will also be treated. According to patch notes released on Aug. 19, World Update 6 will also include “offscreen terrain pre caching.” That means whole sections of in-game graphical assets will be loaded ahead of time. Developers advise that players can expect lower frame rates and less pop-ups when panning the camera.