18

February

2021

February 18th, 2021 – Development Update

Screenshot by knight4841

This week, World Update III: United Kingdom released, free to all Microsoft Flight Simulator users to download. We appreciate all the feedback we have received in the forums and throughout our social spaces. We’d like to introduce (or re-introduce, if you’ve seen them already!) four flight simulator content creators from the United Kingdom and Ireland: Chewwy94, TwoToneMurphy, ObsidianAnt, and LondonController. We love our community immensely, from content creators to add-on creators and beyond. Thank you for being a part of it!

MSFS TEAM-

 

DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP

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FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT

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THIRD PARTY UPDATE

We were buzzing this week after announcements and previews for several exciting aircraft in development: CRJ 550/700 from Aerosoft, Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc from FlyingIron Simulator, SR-71 Blackbird from MilVizSpitfire Mk1a from Aeroplane Heaven and many more.

  • We have a total of 120 approved payware partners (+10 from last week) and 192 products (+16 from last week) live in the in-sim store.
  • 646 products (+36) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 269 products (-4) from 3rd party developers are in production (147 announced, 122 unannounced). In total, over 915 3rd party products (+32) are either released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 583 airports (+21) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 408 airports (+24) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 162 airports (+15) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 72 airports (-3) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 103 airports (+0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 112 aircraft (+1) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 21 aircraft (+1) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 10 aircraft (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 72 aircraft (+1) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 19 aircraft (-1) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 206 sceneries (+9) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 203 sceneries (+10) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 15 sceneries (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 3 sceneries (-1) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
  • Missions:
    • 14 missions (+1) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 14 missions (+1) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 0 missions (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 missions (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.

SDK UPDATE

  • DevMode:
    • Fixed Scenery Editor issues when changing object display name.
    • New documentation is in polishing phase with improvements on page load times. All the content from old documentation was imported in the new system; we are now adding new chapters.
    • Contrail effects will soon be available in-game and the Visual Effects Editor is being reviewed and documented. We will ship it along with samples.

MARKETPLACE UPDATE

Today there are 11 new products and 8 updated products releasing in the Marketplace.

11 NEW PRODUCTS

8 UPDATED PRODUCTS

TWITCH SCHEDULE

Tomorrow, join us for a look at the new UK update! Several community members will be joining us to hop around the United Kingdom to explore the new points of interest. 

Next Wednesday at 2000Z, welcome TwoToneMurphy as a guest streamer! We will fly around his favorite parts of Ireland and learn about the history and culture of the area.

COMMUNITY VIDEO

A fun cinematic MSFS film edit by El Niño Del Avión!

COMMUNITY SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE

This past week we challenged you to take a screenshot “For the Love if IFR.” The winner is “knight4841”  and is our featured screenshot at the top of this update.  The top 10 are below. Thanks to all those who participated! Our next challenge: United Kingdom/Ireland

Screenshot by Filippo20032222

Screenshot by c0mmanderkiller

Screenshot by HolmesCZ6127

Screenshot by Torakmoonguy

Screenshot by minpat1uk

Screenshot by spookyspookster

Screenshot by HolmesCZ6127

Screenshot by John2587uk

Screenshot by knight4841

Screenshot by spacegrass8092

NEXT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE BLOG – 2.25

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team