Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrates its 40th anniversary and offers an expansion worthy of the event!

Game news Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrates its 40th anniversary and offers an expansion worthy of the event!

Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the oldest video game franchises, even older than the legendary Super Mario Bros. Originally published in 1977, but marketed only from 1982 by Microsoft. Flight Simulator is undoubtedly the flight simulator for all generations of gamers and still amazes today with its realism and stunning graphics. 40 years later, Flight Simulator is still cruising, and to celebrate the occasion, Microsoft and Asobo are offering us a gigantic update.

The Flight Simulator license has often been a figurehead for Microsoft since the 1980s. But at the end of 2012, with a failed Microsoft Flight, the title no longer seems to be a dream and is gradually falling into disuse, gradually blurring Saint-Exupéry’s dreams… But at E3 2019, resilient as ever, Microsoft announces the rebirth of the title with Asobo Studio at the helm. The success is resounding, and 40 years after the release of the first title, the simulator that Bruce Artwick envisioned is still going strong, higher than it has ever been.

All new planes for Microsoft Flight Simulator’s 40th anniversary update

The main feature of this update is, unlike the previous free updates called “World” in adding aircraft. However, this is not the first time that Microsoft has offered planes, but these DLCs are generally paid.

The game’s 40th anniversary update doesn’t offer just any flightbut those who made aviation the glory and presented in the sandstone of previous Flight Simulator titles. This allows you to use planes from previous iterations. Note that most of these planes are developed by third-party publishers, known for providing very realistic quality products that are often sold at exorbitant prices.. It is therefore a gift of great value offered by the publisher of Redmond with the Airbus A310 in particular, which was entrusted by IniBuilds, whose X-Plane version of the A310 is sold for more than 80€. Other editors like MilViz, Bluemesh or even Airplane Heaven are in the game.

Microsoft offers a wider selection of planes with for the first time adding helicopters and gliders. The addition of these required a complete overhaul of the aircraft model system to add maximum realism for user enjoyment.

For gliders, it will even be possible to use thermals to gain altitude. Simulator requires, these can even be seen in the game to learn more about the operation of this type of machine.

Below is the list of the new 12 new planes, gliders and helicopters available in this 40th anniversary version of Microsoft Flight Simulator:

historic aircraft

  • The Wright Flyer
  • Curtiss JN-4 Jenny,
  • Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”)
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Grumman G-21 Goose
  • 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
  • Hughes H-4 Hercules



  • DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo

Aviation aircraft

The update also includes a batch of airports and helipads, as well as several activities. Complete list of improvements is
available here.

Development of Microsoft Flight Simulator in 40 years

For 40 years, Microsoft Flight Simulator has amazed our senses, and it’s time for us to delve back into this long saga, whose very first version was released in 1982. and we can only note the impressive technical development through the versions of the series. We dare not imagine what the game will look like in another 40 years…

The update is now available on Xbox Series and PC (Steam and Windows Store).

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