Today third-party developers revealed new details about add-ons coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator.
First of all, we take a look at a new freeware traffic solution. FSLTL, which stands for FS Live Traffic Liveries, has released an impressive trailer showcasing its aircraft in action.
I call it “new,” but those with a good memory may remember this appearing about a year ago and then disappearing. Its developer went back to the drawing board and worked behind the scenes to create something they believe is much better and more comprehensive for what Microsoft Flight Simulator needs nowadays. Considering that it’s a completely new approach to simulating traffic, I’d say it’s “new” enough.
Looking at the trailer below, what’s on offer definitely feels impressive.
Here’s a features list from the developers’ Discord server (which you can join to follow the project):
- MSFS independent online IFR/VFR traffic injection system with stock ATC interaction based on FR24.
- Worldwide sensible parked aircraft spawns based on historical data – no more random parked, Austria and Australia are finally different countries.
- Unique liveries based on a tail number.
- Intelligent fallback system if no model or livery is found for the particular aircraft.
- Can be used with stock Asobo’s Live AI, however it’s very broken since SU7 (nose gear up/no departure bug).
- Fully animated, enhanced low-poly models.
- Native glTF – no stutters and CTDs.
- Full PBR and parallax materials.
- Realistic dynamic turnoffs/landing/taxi and other lights.
- Over 700 made from scratch liveries at the time of writing. All in 4K.
- Native VATSIM support with all lights and animations .
- Various fixes for Asobo’s AI bugs present on generic aircraft.
- Every plane correctly uses all ground services and jetways – bigger planes favor a second door for boarding/unboarding.
- Each plane has a realistic ground roll on takeoff and landing (unfortunately AI still has no idea what a high-speed exit is).
- Heat, contrail and other effects.
- Custom Wwise sound for each aircraft (and engine type in close future) including startup, spool up, reverse, different power setting and shutdown.
Installer/Traffic manager features:
- Quick install/uninstall everything or liveries/airlines/airplanes you want. For example you can install liveries exclusive for your region and international only to save up some space.
- Optional VA install
- No ugly mess in your Community folder – everything is manageable through the app.
- Self-repair. Don’t be afraid to damage the mod by your custom edits – you always can revert it back without huge redownloads.
- Selected 3-rd party aircraft support via provided compatibility patches.
- Make an AI yourself from a flyable payware aircraft and custom liveries for it through the friendly UI. (Most likely won’t be available on launch).
Last, but not least, Freds Airports released Nuremberg Airport (EDDN).
It can be found on the developer’s own store for €4 and below you can find a trailer and a features list.
- more than 70 unique buildings
- realistic sloped runway and apron
- terminal and tower with interior
- detailed apron
- correct taxiway signs
- immersive lighting
- high res PBR textures
Recently, we published our latest interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann and we heard more about Microsoft’s plans for the next few months, including World Update Australia.
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, 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.