Microsoft Flight Simulator upgrades Japan with free update this month

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Microsoft Flight Simulator soon receives its first significant post-launch update, announced as a part of Microsoft’s Tokyo Game Show 2020 presence. The first world refresh centers on Japan, expanding the region with handcrafted assets, including key landmarks and airports. The update releases for free to all players, scheduled to hit PC on September 29.

Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Jorg Neumann, announced its first update via Xbox Japan, as the first of regular world updates scheduled over the months ahead. This release packages up a variety of environmental refinements in designated areas, expanding the east with six new cities, six handcrafted airports, and other tailored landmarks in Japan.

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The accompanying trailer centers on several featured locations, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Tokushima, Utsunomiya, and Takamatsu. Developer, Asobo Studio, has also created a batch of new models for historical landmarks like Himeji Castle and Itsukushima Shrine, alongside bridges, mounts, and other defining set pieces of the landscape. Nagasaki Airport, Suwanosejima Airport, Kerama Airport, Shimojishima Airport, and Kushiro Airport also receive a handcrafted touch, joining Haneda Airport included with the base game.

When the update drops, Microsoft will also release new landing challenges for the new airports, alongside a discovery flight touring the region.

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator update drops September 29, 2020, free to all players on PC. In the meantime, the game is available both via Steam and the Microsoft Store, including Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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