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Why Isn’t Microsoft Confirmed for FlightSimExpo 2020?

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Yesterday, we partnered with FlightSimExpo to reveal the initial list of exhibitors confirmed to be attending the show in Las Vegas this upcoming June. Just shy of 40 exhibitors were confirmed to attend including software developers, hardware developers and a huge range of various communities.

However, there was one big name missing from that list that I’m sure many simmers were anticipating on seeing. That name, of course, is Microsoft.

Cast your minds back to June of last year and you may remember that Microsoft shared with the world that Flight Simulator was back – in a big way. The initial announcement took place moments after the conclusion of FlightSimExpo 2019 in Orlando when the trailer dropped during Microsoft’s keynote presentation at E3 in LA. Many people questioned why Microsoft wasn’t at FlightSimExpo announcing it to the core audience. Considering the scope and scale of the title, it made sense for the first reveal to take place at a huge gaming convention.

Since then, Microsoft has proven that they are fully engaged with the community – quoting many members of the community and inviting media partners, flight sim enthusiasts and influences to Seattle to try the new simulator. However, it does raise the question of why so far we haven’t seen a firm commitment from the team yet at North America’s biggest flight sim specific show.

When I spoke to Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator during X019 he told me that he is aware of shows such as FlightSimExpo. This is unsurprising considering the amount of engagement we’ve seen via their blogs and interviews with us.

It is important to note that E3 2020, a huge focus for Microsoft as a game developer, does take place from Tuesday 9th June to Thursday 11th June 2020. Only a single day separates E3 and FlightSimExpo 2020, so that may have an influence on the decision.

Of course, the organisers at FlightSimExpo are keen to get Microsoft onboard. Microsoft is certainly engaged with the FlightSimExpo team, but just haven’t yet fully committed to the show. During the premier video yesterday, highlighting the event and initial exhibitors, a member of the FlightSimExpo social team confirmed the following statement:

“Thanks to our various connections in the industry, we’ve been in touch with the right contacts. They’ve expressed an interest, but we aren’t 100% of the way there yet”

Despite the fact that Microsoft, nor Asobo Studios, are in the initial line-up for FlightSimExpo 2020, there’s still plenty of time for them to still get on the list and be at the show. Exhibitor applications close on May 1st 2020, so perhaps Microsoft is waiting to see the community’s reaction to the initial line-up and people asking where are they?” 

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FSElite Orginal: Behind the Scenes Interview with Marcus Nyberg from Orbx

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Delivering possibly one of the last high-profile releases of the year, Marcus Nyberg shared his version of Sweeden's second-biggest airport Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport. Released earlier this month on Orbx, the scenery was the result of tremendous hard work and passion, Marcus then agreed to sit down and chat to us about the development of the scenery. Tell us a little about
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Behind the Scenes Interview: FSReborn

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The developer behind AI Lights Reborn Professional, FSReborn has taken some time to speak to us and give the community a little insight of some of the behind the scenes of development. The utility is unique in that it offers users the ability to adjust and make AI lighting much more realistic. Whilst the software sounds basic, it actually offers
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FSWeekend – Re-Cap From the Event

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For the first time, FSElite attended FSWeekend. We have known for a while that this was a large event for European simmers, but we were pleasantly surprised at how busy and full of life the event is.

Taking place in the Aviation Museum Aviodrome in Lelystad, FSWeekend certainly had the right backdrop for aviation and sim fans. The whole place is littered with commercial, fighter jets and other historical aircraft. My favourite element of the museum was the real 747 KLM classic aircraft parked up with the ability for people to go up in and explore. With the whole weekend event, you could easily spend a day looking at these beautiful birds and then spend another day trying them out in the virtual skies.

Whilst the museum is an impressive location, to actually reach the event is a bit more challenging. With no direct flights to the local airport, you can only really arrive via Amsterdam Schipol. If you’re flying in, you need to get on multiple forms of transport and from our experience, some services only run once per hour.

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FSElite Original: Interview With PhotoSim Labs

Earlier this week, new developer PhotoSim Labs finally released Bimini For Prepar3D. The long-awaited scenery covers a range of South Bimini and Cat Cay, with full renditions of South Bimini Airport (MYBS) and Cat Key Airport (MYCC). The islands themselves have also been faithfully recreated in immense detail with various custom buildings, hotels and much more. The road to release was a
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FSElite Magazine Issue Issue #2 PDF Edition Now Available

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After hearing your feedback, we're delighted to offer the community our PDF Edition of the second issue of our FSElite Magazine. The community response has been incredible so far with plenty of kind words and positive comments about the quality of content and premium feeling of the magazine itself. Building on the success of the original, our second issue packs in
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Reminder: FSElite Magazine Issue #2 (Physical) – Available Now!

Bumped back to the front page. We're delighted to share that the second issue of our magazine is now available to buy. Thanks to the incredible feedback during both FlightSimExpo and Flight Sim Show, we have listened to requests and are pleased to give everyone a chance to own their very own copy. Building on the success of the original, our second issue packs
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