Today third-party developers had a lot of reveals and releases to share regarding new add-on content for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
As usual, it’s worth mentioning that the Twin Otter has already been confirmed for the Xbox Series X|S version of the simulator.
Next is a couple of announcements from Orbx, starting with the next city pack, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
It releases on June 25 and below you can read what you can expect and enjoy quite a few images.
“As a cosmopolitan metropolis, Dubai is known for its extravagant luxuries, ultramodern architecture and is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. The city has grown considerably in the 21st century with its focus on tourism and hospitality.
Landmarks Dubai captures the rich collection of various architectural styles that the city is known for. We have included 22 high-detail custom landmarks including Atlantis The Palm, Royal Atlantis, Jumeirah Gate, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Address high-rises and Dubai Frame. The Dubai Eye ferris wheel has been animated as well as the trains on the Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
We have also included OMDU Skydive Dubai which is modelled with its unusual raised concrete platform runway and small terminal building. Staying in the area, Palm Jumeirah also includes bespoke autogen using the tech featured in Cityscape Sydney.
With the additional 185 medium-detail custom landmarks, we have enhanced the six default landmark buildings with coloured night lighting, including Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.
The area is further improved with custom orthoimagery, vegetation and building placements, static trains and boats, cranes and chimneys and extensive terraforming across the coverage area, enhancing how our custom landmarks sit within the simulator’s terrain.”
Orbx also announced a new partner with Aero-CB, a developer focused on regional airports in Brazil.
They already have three airports released on Orbx Direct, SSKT Santa Catarina Aeroclub for $7.53, SSSS São Francisco do Sul Airport also for US$7.53, and SIJY Campo Comandantes Airport, which is actually free. You can’t go wrong with free.
Next comes Verticalsim, which announced Sarasota International Airport (KSRQ) in the USA which should come in “a week or two” and you can see a screenshot below.
Verticalsim also announced Tampa International (KTPA) also in the United States, but that one will come later.
NZA Simulation announced that both Nelson Airport (NZNS) and Motueka Airport (NZMK) in New Zealand will release on July 1. Motueka will be free.
Last, but not least, Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport (HDAM) serving the capital of the Republic of Djibouti has been released by Skydesigners, including The US Navy airbase Camp Lemonnier and the French Airbase 188.
It can be purchased on Simmarket for $18 plus applicable VAT.
- Static aircraft (Mirage 2000D, Boeing C-135FR, SA 330 Puma, AS 550, IL-76, Boeing 737, P3-C Orion, C-130 “Hercules”, Casa CN-235, CH-53E, MV-22 Osprey and many others with real machine numbers and registration, textured in photo realistic in accordance with the squadrons present on the base!)
- Maintenance Zones and Hangars, as closely as possible representing the base in 2010.
- Taxiways and specific parking areas, realistic AFCAD, based on airport diagrams.
- Vegetation biomes suitable for actual vegetation.
- Specific service vehicles, and ground crew.
- Photo realistic textured buildings with night textures,
- Representation of the different areas of the base: Living area / Squadron area, ESTA hangars, experience the base as if you were there!
- Modeling of Military installations and their dedicated squadrons (BA 188 zones, Camp Lemonnier, JASDF zone and Spanish SAR zone represented)
- Modeling of the Civil airport as well as the ramp, with the local airlines.
- Hundreds of objects making the scene even more immersive (Radars, ground maintenance personnel, surveillance vehicles)
- Optimized for minimum use of system resources
- Many POIs (points of interest) around the airbase (Port of Djibouti / FAC shooting range)
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.
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 on July 27, 2021 for Xbox Series X ad Series S.