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Xbox has announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be getting a new Game of the Year Edition to celebrate the incredible success and popularity that the original has attained since its launch in August 2020. Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will feature quite a number of additions, such as brand-new aircraft and airports. Players can also expect new missions, new tutorials, new photogrammetry cities, an updated weather system, and DirectX 12 support.

A sample of what’s included in the GOTY Edition, per Microsoft:

New Aircraft

  • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet: Our first military jet and a highly requested feature from the community. The Top Gun: Maverick expansion will release with the movie next Spring, but we wanted simmers to have the opportunity to test their need for speed this holiday.
  • VoloCity: We partnered with well-known German company Volocopter, which is working on an eVTOL called “VoloCity”, a vision for an urban air taxi. We worked closely with the Volocopter engineering team to develop an authentic version of the prototype aircraft for the simulator. This is our first aircraft that can perform pinpoint landings and is a teaser of what you can look forward to in 2022 when we intend to launch helicopters in the sim.
  • Pilatus PC-6 Porter: This legendary short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility aircraft is a highly versatile plane from Switzerland and comes with several cockpits, cabins, and landing gear variations. It is the result of our close collaboration with the manufacturer and the development efforts by famed developers Hans Hartmann and Alexander Metzger resulted in a great and fun new aircraft with exception capabilities in the simulator.
  • CubCrafters NX Cub: Yakima-based CubCrafters recently introduced a nosewheel option for their flagship CC-19 XCub Aircraft, popularly called the NX Cub, which we are pleased to introduce to the flight sim audience to further enhance our bush flying and off airport options.
  • Aviat Pitts Special S1S: One of our most popular planes gets a single-seat option with the release of this aircraft.

New Airports

  • Germany
    • Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP)
    • Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA)
    • Kassel Airport (EDVK)
  • Switzerland
    • Lugano Airport (LSZA)
    • Zurich Airport (LSZH)
    • Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO)
  • United States
    • Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF)
    • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX)

New Missions

Based on the popularity of the recently introduced Discovery Flights, we are adding an additional 6 locations (Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mecca, Monument Valley, Singapore, and Mount Cook) to this popular series.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will be available beginning on November 18. Existing players on PC and Xbox Series X|S will be able to upgrade to the Game of the Year Edition for free.

Source: Xbox

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6 Comments

  1. Here’s hoping DLSS and VSR support is among that “and more”, because this title could really use it!

  2. Oh, yeah, the GOTY edition, the best way to show your customers you don’t* care about them :p

    *Unless of course they offer a free or very cheap step up option, for those who purchased the original deluxe edition for €100 or whatever it was, It might have cost even more than that.

  3. The GOTY edition is free to owners of the game, it’s a completely free update. Think of it like a Windows seasonal release if you will, a big update, with a name, cause it has so many new additional features and updates. It’s free man! How can you not appreciate that!

  4. I am VERY surprised the game wasn’t DX12-exclusive from the get-go. I didn’t even know until this announcement that it has been DX11 since it launched! I’m not used to seeing that from Microsoft-published games. I feel like ever since the time XB1X came around, if not earlier, that all games using Microsoft-owned IPs were only using DX12. Actually, come to think of it, [I]BattleToads 2020[/I] was DX11 as well (and I played it on a Win7 machine), but that’s not exactly a game that was screaming for DX12 usage.

    [QUOTE=”Brent_Justice, post: 42755, member: 3″]
    The GOTY edition is free to owners of the game, it’s a completely free update.
    [/QUOTE]
    Niiiiiiiiice, I didn’t know that.

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