Third-party developers are finally coming out and telling us their plans to support Microsoft Flight Simulator. All kinds of developers are now confirming their plans and it appears as though Microsoft are now allowing them to freely tell the community what their plans are. Stick around to find out what content we can be expecting from the third-party community.
If you’re unfamiliar with third-party content in flight simulators, let me briefly explain. Modding in PC games and simulators is something not uncommon and has been in flight simulation for many, many years. The idea is that someone, or a team, will add something new to the base-simulator. So whilst the new Microsoft Flight Simulator may have plenty of aircraft or handcrafted airports, there will always be room for improvement. In today’s world, we see a range of products from new detailed airports to fully functional and highly detailed aircraft simulators, even the smallest detail in the plane itself. Some developers have even found ways to improve sky textures, add new sound environments and much more.
Whilst Microsoft has shown that they want to make the experience as easy as possible for those in the simulator, there is still very much space for third-party content creators. With the new Microsoft Marketplace opening up in the core of the new flight simulator, users and content creators will be able to get access directly without the new of using third-party vendors. To be clear, though, you will be able to buy products through other vendors outside of this marketplace. Microsoft has confirmed that over 400 developers have requested access for the SDK with over 250 of them already using it to develop products for the new simulator.
With that said, let us take a look at the developers who have confirmed they are developing for the sim and if they’ve hinted about what we should expect from them.
The video above was produced on July 21st hence why some names will be missing. However, this list will be kept updated accordingly.
Last updated: July 30th 2020.