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Microsoft Flight Simulator Live Q&A Recap: World Update V Info, New Partners and New Aircraft Announced

As it common lately with the Microsoft Flight Simulator Developer Live Q&A sessions, a lot of information was shared by the three headliner guests. As usual, Jorg from Microsoft was joined by Seb and Martial from Asobo Studio to talk about what’s coming up in the next few months for the simulator.

The Twitch stream began with the usual focus on the most recent major update. The team took viewers over some of the key differences with Sim Update IV, which released earlier this week. However, juicer information was later shared regarding the upcoming World Update V, new partners and also a new aircraft was announced.

World Update V

We already know that World Update V will focus on the Nordics, but for the first time, we saw a number of screenshots for the upcoming update. Jorg took us on a mini-tour around some of the points of interest being developed by Gaya Simulations. Some of the points of interest shown included Egeskov Castle, Lego House, Oland Bridge, Kiruna Church, Helsinki Cathedral, the Arctic Cathedral and Hvitserkur.

As well as the new points of interest, a few screenshots of the upcoming airports were also shared.

As a reminder the full list of included airports for World Update V is as follows:

  • Bornholm Airport, Denmark (EKRN)
  • Sandskei Airport, Iceland (BISS)
  • Svalbard Airport, Norway (ENSB)
  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden (ESSA)
  • Vaasa Airport, Finland (EFVA)

Jorg did say the team have yet to finalise a release date as there’s some debate whether it should release on June 15th or June 29th. He said there’s “lots of evidence for June 15th, but said that we’ll wait and see what happens. Either way, there’s not long to wait until World Update V is freely available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Some debate whether the update should release on June 15th or June 29th. Jorg says “lots of evidence for June 15th”. But we shall wait and see.

FlyByWire A32NX Update

FlyByWire was also hosted on the stream to update the community on how efforts on their A32NX is progressing. The team were pleased to confirm that the FlyByWire A32NX will be available on the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace as a free standalone product later today. This has been the result of a close partnership with the team and they are pleased to have everything in place to enable this to happen for the community.

In addition, they confirmed that work is ongoing to complete the LNAV autopilot systems, along with introducing new EFB elements such as panel states.

New Partner – Perfect Flight

Known for their bush mission packs, Microsoft will be teaming up with Perfect Flight to offer mission and challenge packs for the upcoming release of World Update V. Jorg said that they hope this will be a long-term partnership between the two companies.

New Aircraft Announcement

Following on from the Top Rudder Just103Solo release, Asobo has been working hard on their next aircraft. Announced in the steam, Jorg confirmed that the Aviat Husky A-1C will be coming to the simulator very soon. Just like the Top Rudder Just103Solo, it will be a payware aircraft, but Jorg said it will be fairly priced as they want to continue providing “great value” to the community. A number of screenshots were shared, but details are limited at this time as there are features about the plane which can’t be discussed just yet.

It was confirmed that Aviat Husky A-1C is due to release August 2021.

Those were the primary announcements from the live stream, however, Jorg, Seb and Martial answered a number of questions from the community about some of the bugs and items on the wishlist. You can watch the full stream over on YouTube or Twitch.

 

Tags : A32NXAircraftAsobo StudioFlyByWire SimulationsGaya SimulationsMicrosoftPerfect FlightSceneryWorld
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