In what is sure to be classed as one of the best-looking games of 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator finally has a release date, and we only have a little over a month to wait to take to the skies.
As Xbox Wire reveals, the Asobo Studio-developed flight simulator is set for release on Aug. 18 and can be pre-ordered now on Windows 10 or pre-installed using the Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) from today. Xbox One owners will be left waiting until later in the year to have their chance to play the game.
Asobo is promising the most detailed flight simulator ever released, offering “more than 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more,” and “a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.”
There’s also live traffic, real-time weather effects using a dynamic weather system including “accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain,” a brand new day and night engine, and aerodynamic modeling using a state-of-the-art physics engine with “over 1,000 control surfaces per plane [allowing] for a truly realistic experience.”
Flight sim fans have a difficult decision to make, not on whether to play or not, but on which version of the game to pick up. There’s three Editions available. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 and includes 20 planes and 30 airports, the Deluxe Edition costs $89.99 and includes an extra five planes and airports. Finally, there’s the Premium Deluxe Edition for $119.99, which includes everything from the other two versions, but adds another 10 planes and airports, taking the total up to 35 of each. If you prefer a physical edition, Microsoft is only making them available across Europe via the Aerosoft website.
In order to play Microsoft Flight Simulator you’ll need a minimum of either an Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD Ryzen 1200, Nvidia GTX 770 or Radeom RX 570, 8GB of RAM, 150GB of storage space, and an internet connection of at least 5Mbps. Ideally, you’ll want to be running a 9th-gen Core i7 or Ryzen 7 Pro, RTX 2080 or Radeon VII, 32GB of RAM, and have a 50Mbps connection according to the Flight Simulator FAQ.