It’s 2020, which means we’re now in the year that should (barring any unfortunate delays) deliver the comeback of Microsoft Flight Simulator after so many years (fourteen, to be exact) without a new installment.
To celebrate this occasion, the developers published a brief new video showcasing the game’s stunning, lifelike visuals in snow environments that fit the Winter season. Make sure to enable the 4K option if you have an UltraHD display!
Official partnerships announced with real aircraft manufacturers so far include:
- The Boeing Company
- Diamond Aircraft Industries
- ICON Aircraft
- Robin Aircraft
- Textron Aviation
The game, developed by French team Asobo Studio (A Plague Tale: Innocence), will pull massive amounts of data (2+ petabytes) from Bing Maps via the cloud while Microsoft’s Azure AI uses photogrammetry to generate literally photorealistic models of the real Earth. Real-time weather data will be used as well, so you can expect to be flying in a storm if you’re somewhere in the world where there is actually a storm going on at that same time. Physics is also reportedly very realistic, which makes sense since this is a simulator game after all.
The developers also revealed a while ago that support for Virtual Reality devices on PC is something that’s a ‘high priority’, while ray tracing support is already in. Microsoft Flight Simulator shouldn’t be that taxing on your system, either, thanks to the scalable engine.