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08

December

2023

December 7th, 2023 – Development Update

This week’s Screenshot Challenge winner is Forum user sidthekid871397! If you’re interested in participating in our weekly Screenshot Challenges, check out the details in the Community section below!

Earlier this week, we released Sim Update 14, the latest major upgrade to Microsoft Flight Simulator. We are pleased to see that sim pilots are enjoying the many bug fixes, improvements, and new features, with the new atmospheric colorization and the Working Title Cirrus SR22T G6 being highlights of this release.

Unfortunately, the launch of Sim Update 14 did not go as smoothly as we would have liked and our players expect. The initial release on December 5th was marred by download issues that prevented many players from installing and enjoying the new update for a period of about six hours while our support teams worked to resolve the issue.

While the incident is now fully resolved and players are able to download and install the update normally, this is the second upgrade in recent months (along with Sim Update 13 in September) where players experienced download issues. We know this has affected your trust in us, so in the interest of full transparency, we have written an incident recap report outlining what happened to cause the download issues with the SU_13 and SU_14 releases and the steps we took to both resolve the incidents in the moment and prevent them from happening again.

We understand that this experience was frustrating for many players who were eager to jump into Sim Update 14 at its release, and we truly appreciate everyone for their continued support. Thank you all, and we look forward to what is to come in the new year.

– MSFS Team

 

Feedback Snapshot

Click here for the web-friendly version of the Feedback Snapshot.

The Feedback Snapshot will return next week.

Development Roadmap

Click here for the web-friendly version of the Development Roadmap.

During the November 29th Developer Livestream, Jorg gave a sneak preview of the upcoming roadmap for 2024. You can see this new Roadmap at this link.

Marketplace Update

This week, we are pleased to debut an exciting new release to the Marketplace for both PC and Xbox, a collaboration from developers IndiaFoxtEcho and Heatblur Simulations: the legendary F-14 Tomcat!

IndiaFoxtEcho has created several military jets for Microsoft Flight Simulator previously, but this is a first-time MSFS release for Heatblur, a developer who is well-known in the military flight sim community for their high-quality add-ons available on the DCS platform. For more information about the IndiaFoxtEcho+Heatblur F-14 Tomcat, check out our feature article:

Now Available: Heatblur & IndiaFoxtEcho F-14 Tomcat 

Marketplace Releases

Click here for the web-friendly version of the Marketplace Update.

There are 104 new and 36 updated products in today’s Marketplace Update.

RELEASED EARLIER

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

104 NEW PRODUCTS: 53 ON PC, 51 ON XBOX

New on Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC

New on PC

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on Xbox

New on PC

New on PC

New on PC and Xbox

New on Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

 

36 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 22 ON PC, 14 ON XBOX

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

 

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

 

 

Marketplace Backlog

Current Backlog: 311 Total

BACKLOG: NEW PRODUCTS
Testing Status
Content Type Initial Processing and Validation by MS Testing in Progress by MS Testing in Progress by 3P Total
Aircraft 17 3 37 57
Mission 4 2 42 48
Scenery 2 0 8 10
Livery 18 1 6 25
Airport 26 19 17 62
Other 13 5 7 25
Total 80 30 117 227

 

BACKLOG: UPDATED PRODUCTS
Testing Status
Content Type Initial Processing and Validation by MS Testing in Progress by MS Testing in Progress by 3P Total
Aircraft 7 5 11 23
Mission 0 0 0 0
Scenery 3 8 1 12
Livery 0 0 6 6
Airport 10 11 10 31
Other 3 2 7 12
Total 23 26 35 84

 

SDK Update

Asobo
  • No Update this week.
Working Title / MSFS Avionics Framework
  • No Update this week.

Third Party UPDATEs

  • No Update this week.

 

Community Fly-In Friday

December 9 is celebrated as Tanzania’s  Independence Day! On this date in 1961, the former British colony in East Africa, known as Tanganyika at the time, gained independence and self-governance. A few years later in 1964, Tanganyika merged with the nearby island of Zanzibar to form the new nation of Tanzania.

Today, Tanzania is known throughout the world for its magnificent wildlife preserves and grand natural splendor. Popular tourist destinations include Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point. We will be visiting all of these locations and more during our community fly-in this week!

Event details are available here. All are welcome to participate!

Tubeliner Tuesday

It’s officially Winter, and where else better to visit to celebrate than Innsbruck (LOWI), Austria?! This airport will be familiar to many Microsoft Flight Simulator pilots, due to its iconic views and tricky approaches. Tubeliner Tuesday Episode 7 will see us depart Vienna (LOWW) and we will be flying this flight in the Fenix Airbus A320 on the VATSIM Multiplayer Network.

Event details are available here. Feel free to follow the flight on our Twitch channel!

Community Video

Today will see the release of the brand new highly anticipated F-14 Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator developed by Heatblur and IndiaFoxtEcho, which players can purchase now via the Marketplace!

YouTuber Steve’s Sim Station has been lucky enough to receive an early access copy of this iconic fighter jet, and dives right into showing off some of the neat features that players can expect to use. This includes “Jester”, an AI Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to help manage all of the secondary functions within the cockpit.

After watching this early access video we definitely feel the need…the need for speed!

Screenshot challenge

This week’s screenshot challenge: You Can Be My Wingman Anytime!

This past week’s Screenshot Challenge was The Jet Age

Weekly Screenshot Challenge Winner: sidthekid871397 (Forums)

Screenshot by @SioRAaMEN_sim (Twitter)

Screenshot by HolmesCZ6127 (Forums)

Screenshot by Linska495th (Forums)

Screenshot by @ZillNiazi (Twitter)

Screenshot by DaveBGaming (Forums)

Screenshot by THECHIZINATOR (Forums)

Screenshot by @ukaka5656 (Twitter)

Screenshot by mrjmt2625 (Forums)

Screenshot by @KotetuP (Twitter)

Screenshot by BanZer9680 (Forums)


NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – December 14th, 2023

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team