The free update, which is included with Xbox Game Pass, adds several historical aircraft, including the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of Saint Lewis and the Hughes H-4 Hercules ‘Spruce Goose’.
It also includes a number of classic airports and planes that were featured in previous games, including 2006’s Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. Missions from classic games will also be added as part of the update.
VGC recently had the chance to check out the update as part of an event celebrating 40 years of virtual flight, and speak to the leadership team of Microsoft Flight Simulator studio Asobo in interviews that will be published next week.
Asobo claimed that the audience for Microsoft Flight Simulator doubled when it arrived on Xbox Game Pass, and then further doubled when the game was added to Xbox Cloud Gaming.
The full list of planes included in the 40th anniversary update is as follows:
- Wright Flyer
- Ryan NYP (Spirit of St Louis)
- Douglas DC-3
- De Havailland Canada DHC-2-Beaver
- Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck”
- Grumman G-21 Goose
- Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”
- Guimbal Cabri G2
- DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
- DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo
- Airbus A310
A Flight Simulator Top Gun expansion launched in May to tie in with the release of Top Gun: Maverick.