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Unconfirmed: Microsoft Flight Simulator Will Be Available As a Stand-Alone Title

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Since the announcement of Microsoft Flight Simulator back in June 2019, many have wondered how the flight simulator would be made available to the world. With reliance on AI technology and server-side capability, many have considered that the new simulator will be a subscription-based model.

According to a recent interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, it seems that there the new simulator won’t be subscription-based only. The author in the newspaper sat down with Head of Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann in an interview discussing the simulator and what users can expect.

The interviewer asked how the publisher will bring Flight Simulator to market, specifically if it would feature a monthly fee. Jorg’s response, not too dissimilar to what we’ve heard before, starting with “we still don’t have all the details […]”. What is interesting, he then added: “what I can tell you now is that there will definitely be a way to buy the simulator like any other simulator before.” As previously released simulators from Microsoft released as stand-alone platforms, this implies that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be made available as a stand-alone product.

Although already confirmed during our interview at X019, Jorg also reiterated the fact that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be part of the Game Pass subscription model, which also gives users access to 100s of games for both Xbox and Windows PC. In essence, there will be two ways to get the new flight simulator.

Interestingly, in a follow-up question, Jorg was asked whether users will have to use Game Pass to get access to all the maps and features. No Google translate is needed for this as the response was a clear cut “no.”

Whilst we have extracted this information using Google Translate, Spanish speaking YouTuber X-Check also confirmed the translation to be mostly accurate.

Whilst this interview appears to have the information sought by the community, this still doesn’t confirm directly from Microsoft in an official capacity. However, it’s reassuring news for those hoping the simulator will be made available as a standalone.

Source: La Nacion Newspaper

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As promised, Microsoft has shared the second episode of their Feature Discovery Series. This episode focuses entirely on the weather. This follows on from the 10-minute video from last week where Lionel Fuentes spoke to us about the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This new video featuring David Dedeine, Creative Director, focuses on what we can expect from the all-new weather engine and features. As part of this video, lots of in-depth information regarding the new weather special effects, night lighting engine, volumetric clouds and also the live real-world engine. The new sim has been described to have an all-new atmospheric simulation.

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The team also posted a brief update on Tech Alpha applications. Microsoft has confirmed that the notification process is underway, but wanted to provide a bit of information for those who may have registered to participate. Here are the key points they wanted to raise:

  • One of our primary goals for the Build Program is to get everyone interested in early build testing, actually testing early builds.
  • Though we have limited participation numbers in our first build release, we are actively working to scale participation numbers for future releases.
  • If you were not selected for participation in this round, fear not, we’ve automatically registered you for the next build release.
  • So while you may not have been selected for participation in the first Tech Alpha, please know that we are actively working to get as many people into the testing process, as quickly as possible.

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