Microsoft Flight Simulator helicopters and gliders arrive on November 11

Microsoft is adding helicopters and gliders to Microsoft Flight Simulator on November 11. The 40th Anniversary Edition of the game will be available for free to existing owners or Xbox Game Pass members and includes helicopters and gliders for the first time since 2006.

“In addition to helicopters and gliders, we will introduce another highly requested feature from the community: a real aircraft, the sophisticated Airbus A-310, where almost all buttons work as expected,” explains Jorg Neumann, director of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

An Airbus A310 in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
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The 40th Anniversary Edition is a pretty big upgrade for Microsoft Flight Simulatoras it also includes seven famous historic aircraft, including the largest wooden plane ever made: the 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules. Microsoft is also adding four classic airports, 10 glider airports, 14 helipads, and 20 classic missions from previous versions. of flight simulator. In total there are 12 new planes.

Before the 40th Anniversary Edition, Microsoft Flight Simulator You’ll also get an update on German cities today to coincide with Gamescom (held in Cologne). The update includes improvements to five German cities: Hannover, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne.

Microsoft has been gradually adding more high resolution cities to flight simulator along with performance improvements and even a top gun expansion since the game’s release in 2020. Microsoft Flight Simulator it also came to Xbox Cloud Gaming earlier this year, giving Xbox One owners access to the title for the first time.

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