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June 16, 2022 Development Update

Screenshot by ElfinAardvark40 (Forum)

Last weekend, the Microsoft Flight Simulator team was proud to join our colleagues in presenting at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. In case you missed it, here are the highlights for MSFS:

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition
    • A free upgrade to all current MSFS players launching in November 2022.
    • New additions include the introduction of helicopters and gliders to MSFS and the return of some fan-favorite planes from FS2004 and FSX such as the Douglas DC-3, Airbus A310, de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, Wright Flyer, and — in partnership with the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum — the Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”).
  • D77-TC Pelican
    • Available now as a free addon from the in-sim Marketplace, MSFS players can fly the iconic dropship from the Halo franchise. We collaborated with 343 Industries, the developers of Halo Infinite, to simulate this famous science fiction aircraft in the most realistic way possible.

You can read more about the 40th Anniversary Edition and Halo Pelican here. Additionally, on June 14th, we released the next entries in our World Update and Local Legends series.

  • World Update X: USA and US Territories
    • Available now as a free addon from the in-sim Marketplace.
    • Includes new photogrammetry cities, four new hand-crafted airports, 87 new Points of Interest (POIs), plus new landing challenges, discovery flights, and bush trips.
    • More information about World Update X can be found here.
  • Local Legend V: Beechcraft Model 18
    • Developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator by Carenado, the “Twin Beech” is a robust and versatile plane designed by American aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft in the 1930s.
    • Available now from the in-sim Marketplace for USD $14.99.
    • More information about the Beechcraft Model 18 can be found here.

We will soon begin public testing of our next major update, Sim Update 10, which is currently slated for release in August. If you would like to help the development team by testing this update and reporting any issues you encounter, please watch this space for information on how to join the public test.

MSFS Team

Development Roadmap

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

FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT

For the latest Feedback Snapshot, check out last week’s Development update!

 

SDK Update

  • Roadmap:
    • Sim Update 10:
      • Terrain & Weather Radar Drawing APIs
      • NavData API
      • Aircraft Editor V2
      • Game rendered in a window in the DevMode
  • DevMode:
    • The console is now dockable in DevMode, and can be made opaque/transparent just like any other window.
    • Scenery Editor:
      • We fixed the TIN color correction that was not correctly applied during editing.
      • We fixed an issue with third parties’ airports without runways.

Third Party Update

  • As of 06/11, we have now approved 251 (+0) third parties into the in-sim marketplace and – so far 151 (+0) have released 1,176 products on PC (+17) and 889 on Xbox (+15).
  • In total, 2,207 products (+18) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 572 products (+8) from 3rd party developers are in production (299 announced, 273 unannounced). In total, over 2,779 3rd party products (+26) have either been released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 1,551 airports (+15) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 1,317 airports (+10) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 767 airports (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 120 airports (-1) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 114 airports (+6) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 389 aircraft (+5) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 137 aircraft (+1) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 100 aircraft (+2) have been released in the in-sim PC marketplace.
      • 70 aircraft (+1) have been released in the in-sim Xbox marketplace.
      • 164 aircraft (-1) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 88 aircraft (+5) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 750 scenery packs (+6) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 664 scenery packs (+7) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 173 scenery packs (+4) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 15 scenery packs (-1) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
      • 71 scenery packs (+0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that scenery is in production.
  • Mission Packs:
    • 89 mission packs (+0) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 89 mission packs (+0) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 26 mission packs (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 mission packs (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.
      • 0 mission packs (-0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that they are in production.

MARKETPLACE UPDATE

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There are 35 new and 27 updated products in the Marketplace today. Marketplace updates generally go live on Thursdays between the release of this blog post and 5pm PT.

RELEASED SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH RELEASED TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH

New on PC and Xbox ✅

New on PC and Xbox ✅

 

 

35 NEW PRODUCTS: 19 ON PC, 16 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 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 ✅

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 ✅

 

27 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 15 ON PC, 12 ON 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 ✅

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 and Xbox ✅

Updated on PC and Xbox ✅

Updated on PC and Xbox ✅

 

TWITCH UPDATE

We stream weekly on Twitch.tv/MSFSOfficial!

To celebrate the release of World Update 10, this week’s fly-in will see us journey over some of the new USA scenery and POIs as we enjoy a flight to Little Rock and St. Louis. And yes, we will be flying under the Gateway Arch. Click here for more details! All are welcome to participate. 

COMMUNITY VIDEO

For one week every July, the busiest airspace in the entire United States isn’t over New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Atlanta. Rather, it’s above the airport of a small city of only 66,000 people in Wisconsin. Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh, WI is home to the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in and airshow, and thousands of pilots fly their own planes to the event. If you can’t attend in real life, our friends at PilotEdge, some of whom are real Oshkosh controllers are hosting SimVenture 2022 where sim pilots can execute the famous Fisk Approach from the comfort and safety of their homes. You can read more about this event on our forum here and watch PilotEdge’s preview trailer for this event below:

 

SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE

You can submit your screenshot via Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post This week’s screenshot challenge: United Screenshots of America

This past week our Screenshot Challenge was “Wingin’ it”. Here are this week’s runner ups:

Screenshot by BriL0ve (Forum)

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Screenshot by jienbacktory2 (Twitter)

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Screenshot by OrigBullethead (Forum)

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NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – June 23rd, 2022

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team