In all my current time with flight simulation, and in particular, being within the media side of things, I had never thought I would be writing a review for a new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform. The series that was left behind when the Aces team was closed down seemingly held on to life for years thanks to a huge amount of developer support and community members still finding new tricks and techniques to gain better performance. As we saw better hardware, we too also saw more immersive add-ons. Other simulators came along and the community continued to thrive and grow. The elephant in the room, however, was always the lack of support.
With previous iterations of Flight Simulator, we saw updates and changes that would be an evolution of a previous feature. However, this new simulator, simply named as ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’, (notice the lack of year compared to previous releases) entered development back in 2017 in a world where online data is used almost everywhere. Furthermore, technology, computing power and advanced tech such as AI are more advanced than ever meaning Microsoft could finally realise its ambition on creating an authentic world.