Microsoft sure isn’t waiting for its July 23 Xbox Games Showcase to announce some big title. One of its biggest ones, Microsoft Flight Simulator, already has a release date.
And has gone up for preorder.
The simulation game is set to enter a closed beta later this month, and will release on PC on August 18, the company has confirmed. It has also put the title up for preorder on the Microsoft Store, though the game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one.
Pretty much the biggest game launching on the service since its launch in beta last year.
Details next, but first let’s get the video out of the way that Microsoft has put up to showcase what this remarkably amazing game is all about. Watch the preorder launch trailer below:
For Redmond, this is a return to one of the oldest gaming IPs, with the first game in the series being released all the way back in 1982.
This latest iteration comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a modern title. It leverages the power of the cloud, and makes use of Bing Maps data to include over 2 million cities and various realistic environments that will be affected by current traffic and weather.
The game is being developed for the Xbox, we know, but there are no details yet on the Xbox One or Xbox Series X release just yet.
What we have is the surprising confirmation that the digital version of this new Microsoft Flight Simulator game will apparently be exclusive to the Windows 10 Microsoft Store. The company has, however, teamed up with Aerosoft to release physical versions of the game at European stores.
Mark your calendars, folks.
August 18 promises to be amazing!