Today third-party developers had new reveals and releases in store for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including a brand new airliner.
New developer Fenix Simulation (I say new, but that simply indicates the company, as it includes veteran developers) announced its Airbus A320.
The aircraft, featuring the CFM engines, is already in a quite advanced state of development and it’s being currently alpha tested.
The developers have talked about the level of fidelity and features that we can expect. You can read a lot more on their website.
“We believe this to be the most comprehensive and complete A320 simulator available to desktop consumers. Not just for MSFS, but across any platform. We have all the usual suspects you’d find in a full-fidelity simulation; 100% custom ground-up code, a bespoke (and complete) autoflight suite, ARINC424 rendering, full “physical simulation” of fluids and pneumatics (the air-mass simulation is a lot of fun, can’t wait for the update post specifically covering the pneumatic systems!), and a completely custom navigation environment that ensures reliable operation for the autoflight system (more on this later).
Our MCDU also has everything you know and love from A320 representations in the past, but with so much more; lateral offsets, ETPs, RTAs, and step climbs – features as yet unavailable in even the most complex X-Plane or ESP-based Airbus add-ons to date. “
We also hear that there are already over 200 livery variations ready and the navigation suite is completely independent of the default one in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The level of simulation of failures also appears to be extremely deep, with “383 different triggerable faults, issues, and emergencies.” You can find a list here.
While no information about pricing has been shared, the developers mentioned that it’s going to be “consumer-friendly.” We’ll have to wait and see what that means.
In the meanwhile, you can catch a look at the extremely detailed visuals below.
We get a full list of the liveries that will be included at launch.
- Lufthansa City Line D-ACNM
- Scandinavian Airlines OY-KFI “Rolf Viking”
- Scandinavian Airlines EI-FPN “Menja Viking”
- American Eagle PSA N550NN
- DELTA AIRLINES N324PQ
- SKYWEST “35th Anniversary” N821SK
- Air Canada C-GJZV
- Lufthansa City Line D-ACNU “Uetersen”
- IBERIA REGIONAL EC-JZS
- IBERIA AIR NOSTRUM EC-JYA “Comunitat Valenciana”
- PRIVATE D-ACHH
- Air France HOP! F-HMLH
- BINTER 9H-MPA “Macaronesia”
- Air France HOP! F-HMLK “DS Regions”
- GARUDA PK-GRO
- IBERIA REGIONAL EC-MNQ “Burgos”
- HIBERNIAN EI-HBB “RÍA DE VIGO”
- BINTER 9H-MOX “Islas Canarias”
- IBERIA REGIONAL EC-MJP
- BRITAIR F-HMLA
Last, but not least, Impulse Simulations released its Adelaide Airport (YPAD) in Australia.
It can be purchased at the developer’s own store for AU$29.95.
Below you can read an official features list and watch an official trailer.
- 15,000+ Hand Placed Objects
- Full PBR Texturing
- Custom Animations
- Animated Jetways
- Improved Vegetation and Grass
- 50+ Custom Assets
- 15cm Custom Orthoimagery
- Replicated Terminal Interior
- Detailed Static Aircraft
- Custom Taxiway Decals
- Realistic Ground / Apron Texturing
- Realistic Night Lighting
- Compatible with Orbx Landmarks Adelaide, AUScene’s Parafield & Aldinga Airports.
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.
A few days ago, we heard more about the Xbox version of the simulator and we saw some impressive performance upgrades for the PC version which will come at the same time.
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, 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.