Microsoft Flight Simulator, the longest-running game franchise at Microsoft, unveiled an expanded version on Sunday at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the community in November 2022.
The upcoming version called the 40th anniversary edition is described as “an expanded celebration of the franchise with both a tribute to our past and an introduction to new and highly anticipated aircraft types.”
The update is offered completely free to those who already own Microsoft Flight Simulator or play through Xbox Game Pass.
It will reintroduce some classic airports and add four famous planes from previous versions, including Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, as well as two helicopters, two gliders, and a lifelike airplane.
Below is a complete list of the aircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator 40. comee Anniversary edition:
- Wright Flyer
- Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”)
- Douglas DC-3
- De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
- Guimbal Cabri G2
- DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
- DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo
Lifelike passenger plane:
Many of the above planes were created in conjunction with top third-party developers, including iniSimulations, MilViz, Bluemesh, Airplane Heaven, and others.
In addition, the partnership between Microsoft and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum brings one of the world’s most famous aircraft, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” to the stimulator.
In addition, Microsoft Flight Simulator has also introduced an incredibly detailed Halo Infinite Pelican add-on in an exclusive partnership with the Halo franchise and 343 Industries.
It is now available for free on the in-game marketplace for sim owners and Xbox Game Pass members.