Today third-party developers revealed new assets of upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, while two airports have been released.
We start with new screenshots and a development update from DC Designs about the upcoming AV-8B Harrier II. The developer also confirmed that the aircraft will be released in September simultaneously on third-party stores and the official marketplace, including Xbox. Consequentially, the Phantom will be pushed toward Christmas.
“I have finally been able to spend nearly a full week on the Harrier’s cockpit, and have covered a lot of ground. Although I have also been involved in the on-going updates for my other aircraft, it’s been good to finally get cracking on the interior with some more detailing and new PBR texture work.
The Asobo pilot is a nice addition to the airplane, largely because with the correct use of nodes it’s possible to position the pilot’s hands and boots on the controls, and see them move as the stick, throttle and rudders move. Great fun and another step towards reality – I’d love them to add a “headless” VR-specific version to add to the immersion when using virtual reality headsets.
The interior modelling is coming along nicely, with detail work on-going throughout the cockpit. Much of what you see here is only half complete, with hundreds of rivets and bolt heads still to add, not to mention all the switches, levers, panel decals and of course relevant animations. However, most of this is standard work at this stage and with the exterior modelling around 95% complete, the project is well on its way now. I will be adding the longer AV-8B+ nose section shortly, ready for other liveries to be included in the package, including those of the GR9 variant.”
More screenshots were also revealed by Orbx showing the progress on the upcoming Launceston Airport (YMLT) in Australia by indie developer Ken Hall.
SoFly and WTFlightsim released Mataveri International Airport (SCIP) on Easter Island.
- Lovingly created airport with high-quality UHD textures
- Stunning scenic approach that takes you right over the cliff edge
- Amazing island views from all angles of the airport
- Brimming with local knowledge and features such as the iconic Moai statues
- An airport that can accommodate all aircraft types and sizes offering you limitless possibilities
- Outstanding atmosphere of the airport thanks to the pixel-perfect airport signage
- Excellent performance with a focus on highly detailed modelling
- Accurate layout, signage, and modelling for the most realistic rendition
- Made with <3 by WTFlightSim
AG Sim released Santa Monica Airport KSMO in California, United States, which is definitely interesting due to its close proximity to the ultra-busy Los Angeles International Airport.
You can purchase it on Simmarket for $14.67 plus applicable VAT.
- Detailed 3D buildings
- 8192×8192 PBR textures
- Ground texture renewed
- Over 3000+ Hand placed 3D objects
- Special places like Museum of Flying
- Various areas around the airport for better VFR experience
- FPS friendly
- Glorious night lighting
- Accurate slope
- Static aircraft and living airport experience
- Accurate ground and traffic signs
If you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our brand new interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann about the 40th Anniversary Edition, the world update, and more.
If you’re curious about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Beijing Capital International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, Fenix’s Airbus A320, West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, the Twin Otter, 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 recently published a review of the Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition, which is a great controller for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.