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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020 video game)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (also unofficially referred to as Flight Simulator 2020, abbreviated as FS2020) is an upcoming flight simulator developed by Asobo Studio and published by Xbox Game Studios exclusively for Windows 10 and Xbox One. It is scheduled to be released first for Windows in 2020.[1] It is the eleventh major entry in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, preceded by Flight Simulator X. It will simulate the entire Earth using textures and topographical data from Bing Maps. Three-dimensional representations of the world's features, such as terrain, trees, buildings, and water will be generated using Microsoft Azure technology.

Microsoft Flight Simulator
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Developer(s)Asobo Studio
Publisher(s)Xbox Game Studios
SeriesMicrosoft Flight Simulator
Genre(s)Flight simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


Flight Simulator will feature Asobo's in-house developed game engine, and leverage Bing Maps data, accessing over two petabytes of data from the cloud on demand.[2] Azure AI analyzes map data and photogrammetry to generate photorealistic 3D models of buildings, trees, terrain, and so on. This allows the simulator to depict most parts of the world in 3D photo-realism, and other parts in high definition.[3]

There will also be very realistic physics and weather systems, and utilize real-world weather data. An example used at E3 2019 was that if it was raining somewhere in real life, it would be raining in-game. The developer has stated that individual clouds will have their own behaviors and that they will impact aircraft performance depending on its location within the system.[4] Asobo has created their own flight model engine, allowing thousands of fully simulated surfaces and 3D forces and moments to be fully simulated.[2]

Flight Simulator will populate roads with vehicles, water will flow realistically based on wind direction, and trees will have individual leaves, creating the illusion of a living world. It will feature over two million cities and towns and more than 40,000 real-world airports.[5]


Flight Simulator was announced at E3 2019 on June 9.[6] It is the first major entry in the series since 2006's Flight Simulator X, following a long period of uncertainty over the future of the series after the closure of Aces Game Studio in 2009. It is being developed by the French Asobo Studio, and will be published by Xbox Game Studios.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Machkovech, Sam (September 30, 2019). "The new MS Flight Simulator taught me how to fly an actual plane". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 | PRE-ALPHA Gameplay Footage | 737 Captain Review, retrieved November 12, 2019
  3. ^ "All I want to do is chill and play Flight Simulator". Engadget. September 30, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Flight Simulator is back, and it's real: Microsoft uses the cloud to help classic franchise soar again". GeekWire. September 30, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Hall, Charlie (September 30, 2019). "The biggest surprise of Microsoft Flight Simulator: it makes Bing cool". Polygon. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Flight Simulator – E3 2019 – Announce Trailer". YouTube. June 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Microsoft Flight Simulator | Asobo Studio". Retrieved October 2, 2019.

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