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Helicopters and gliders are coming to ”Microsoft Flight Simulator’ on November 11th

It was revealed back in June that helicopters and gliders are coming to , but they’ll arrive earlier than expected. Developer Asobo Studio previously said it would add them on November 22nd, but it will introduce both types of aircraft on November 11th instead.

That’s the release date for the game’s 40th Anniversary Edition, which will be available as a free update for anyone who has bought Microsoft Flight Simulator. Xbox Game Pass members will get access at no extra cost. On the same date, Asobo Studio will add another aircraft that has been widely requested by the community — a true-to-life airliner. Nearly every button in the Airbus A-310 will work as expected, as Microsoft Flight Simulator head Jorg Neumann .

Some famous historical aircraft will also join the game, including the 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules (aka the Spruce Goose), which is the largest seaplane and wooden plane ever built. In addition, the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh flew in the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in May 1927, will be available.

In all, Asobo will add 12 aircraft, four classic commercial airports (including Meigs Field in Chicago), 10 glider airports, 14 heliports and 20 missions from previous games on November 11th. Meanwhile, the studio has just released Microsoft Flight Simulator‘s first city update, with photogrammetry improvements for the German locales of Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn and Cologne. The update coincides with , which is taking place in Cologne this week.

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Helicopters are coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, but there’s bad news

As the name suggests, Microsoft Flight Simulator is all about flying, but thus far, that’s been limited to flying in planes. While there’s a wide range of planes available in Microsoft Flight Simulator, from small single-engine planes like the Cessna 172 to massive passenger airliners like the Boeing 747-8, we’re still limited to flying planes at the end of the day. Thankfully, it appears that’s all changing next year, as Asobo Studio has confirmed that helicopters are coming to the game.

This was revealed without much fanfare in a recent developer update published on the Flight Simulator website. Much of that developer update is centered around a new partnership with Orbis International that will allow Microsoft Flight Simulator players to tour the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in-game. That promotion will be going live on July 27th as a free download for all Flight Simulator players, so keep an eye out for that.

Below that announcement, Asobo Studio posted the Development Roadmap as of June 2021, which takes us through September. That, however, was accompanied by a feedback snapshot for Microsoft Flight Simulator, showing all of the user suggestions that have been collected from the Flight Simulator forums. First on the list with a whopping 1,506 votes from the player base is a suggestion titled “Helicopters are a Must.”

That feedback snapshot reveals that helicopters are indeed planned for Microsoft Flight Simulator, but the bad news is that they won’t be arriving until 2022. Since the feature is only in the planning stages, it’ll probably be quite some time before we hear more about them, but it’s nice to know that they’re coming regardless.

Some other incoming features revealed by the “Top Wishes” list include multiple screen functionality (planned for 2021-22), replay functionality (2021), and even the addition of AI-controlled trains – but those won’t be arriving until 2023. We’ll keep an ear to the ground for more on helicopters in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but otherwise, look out for the game’s launch on Xbox Series X|S on July 27th.

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