Microsoft Flight Simulator: Helicopters presented before the update | Xbox One

The time has come for Microsoft Flight Simulator to welcome a whole new type of vehicle. It’s during the 40th anniversary update that the helicopters make their debut, and a long video arrives to make our mouths water.

The details of helicopter design in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Of course, a helicopter does not work at all like an airplane and is not controlled in the same way. The Asobo teams give us details on the process of creating this new type of device, from modeling to the flight model, including sound design.

Sebastian Wloch, managing director of the studio, explains that his teams have developed a new rotor blade simulation where hundreds of surfaces have been simulated as well as a new system for simulating air masses on the fuselage of new aircraft. It is these innovations that allow a realistic reproduction of the behavior of helicopters when approaching or moving away from different environments.

As a reminder, helicopters will be available in Microsoft Flight Simulator as part of the franchise’s 40th anniversary update, which will be available on Friday, November 11. This will be free for anyone who already owns the game and will include helicopters but also gliders, a new Airbus A310, several other fan favorite aircraft from previous editions of MSFS, classic airports and new missions. Other updates will follow, including the addition of trains in 2023.

40th Anniversary Update Information

The world’s improvements

  • 4 new airports
  • 10 airports dedicated to gliders
  • 14 helipads

New devices

  • Helicopters
  • Glider
  • An ultra-realistic airliner (Airbus A310)
  • 12 new aircraft including 7 historic aircraft

New activities

  • 20 classic missions from the series’ past

Microsoft Flight Simulator is still playable on Xbox Series X|S and PC, as well as mobile and Xbox One via Xbox Cloud Gaming for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

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