Third-party developers have delivered more news and releases for the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator.
IndiaFoxtEcho is first in line with an update for its F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
“.As you know, the next in line are the F-35 and the M-346. For both, the approach we have taken is to go back to evaluate each asset of these projects in MSFS – and go back to the drawing board when needed, and redesign from scratch what is not up to the quality level we want to achieve.
As for the F-35, with respect to our P3D version
– we have decided to remake the virtual cockpit from scratch- many details of the external model have been remade from scratch and the textures have been remastered to 8K
– the MFD (or better PCD in the F-35 lingo) is being rewritten and all the graphic elements and the fonts have been revised, so that the look is much closer to the real deal
– the flight model will be MSFS native
– at the moment we are focusing on the F-35A, with the B and C models to follow (although we hope to have all of them available at launch)
However, there are also some drawbacks and, as usual, we want you to be aware of them. In detail:
– some systems/PCD modes will not be simulated, as they are not supported by MSFS. These include ASR, DAS, TFLIR and SRCH modes. Of course this detracts from the “F-35 experience” as they are an essential part of the mission system
– the avionics will still be by and large XML-based. This is not optimal for performance, but rewriting the PCD from scratch in C++ would have taken forever
– we have not started experimenting with the STOVL functionalities yet…so they are still TBC
– the model will have no weapons (not even static ones) as they are banned from the MSFS MarkeplaceEven with these limitations, we are pretty happy with the results so far and we hope it will be a decent rendition of the aircraft.”
On top of that, the prolific developers at JustSim have released another airport, Dresden (EDDC) in Germany.
It’s currently available on SimMarket for $23 plus applicable VAT. You can check out plenty of screenshots below.
Recently, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, who provided a lot of new info about the present and future of the sim. Recently, also received lots of new details about upcoming content including two new aircraft and a world update focused on Nordic countries.
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Chongqiung, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review that will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam and will release in summer 2021 for Xbox Series X ad Series S.