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New Microsoft Flight Simulator Revealed - And it Looks Stunning

2012 was an interesting year.  Some wondered if it would be the last year, and of course a movie had to develop that plotline further.  Perhaps worse than that, the official online servers for Test Drive Unlimited 1 were shut down, which made us all feel very sad.

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 Not long later we had the release of the first open world Forza title for XBOX 360 which took us to a version of Colorado which strangely lacked Pikes Peak. It was a good game, and the start of a good series to fill in the void left by TDU, but it just wasn't the same. At least it still provided a few laughs.

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But that wasn't all.  In March of 2012 we were treated to a new flight 'simulator' from Microsoft, which conveniently for us, featured Hawaii of all places.  It was a freemium game with DLC planes, locations and challenges.  A number of us do like to fly on PC on occasion.

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If you don't count the re-release of a 64-bit version of Flight Simulator X Acceleration on Steam in 2014, then the 2012 release of Microsoft Flight was our last flying update from Microsoft in 7 years.  So imagine our delight when Microsoft surprises us with a gorgeous trailer showing us a new version of the simulator due to land (pun intended) sometime in 2020.

Take a look for yourself here:

 

The trailer doesn't tell us a great deal of details about the upcoming sim, but the amazing detail of the world (without having to purchase and install a hundred add-ons) in stunning 4K definitely has our attention here at TurboDuck.  We'll be sure to make a beeline for O'ahu as soon as we can.

Here's what we can deduce from the trailer and it's description:

* Available on Xbox and Windows PC (so it should attract casual fliers)
* Powered by satellite data and MS Azure AI Cloud computing
* Amazing volumetric clouds which cast realistic shadows on the ground
* SNOW
* Bodies of water are not a singular colour, and cities have High Def textures out of the box
* FOG
* Delicious reflections on aircraft and detailed airport vehicle and building textures with shadows
* A variety of light and stunt aircraft as well as jumbo jets, including the cover-plane from Microsoft Flight from Icon
* Beautiful sunsets accompany expected time-of-day and weather settings
* High-detailed 3D cockpits with the ability to turn your head, bank your aircraft and admire the view below
* Many real-world scenic attractions to visit including what appears to be New York, Dubai, Alcatraz, Egypt, San Francisco, along with coral reefs, mountains, canyons, craters, stadiums, and more
* Lighting and rain effects
* Hundreds of vehicles on the roads and in the carparks below
* Wildlife including flamingos, elephants, and giraffes
* Multiplayer
* Challenging Alpine landing strips

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Want to come fly with me? Let's fly, let's fly away to the Comments section below to discuss one of Microsoft's oldest slogan questions: 

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