Have you heard of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? Well, as far as flight simulator franchises go, perhaps none come more widely celebrated than Microsoft’s long-running Flight Simulator series.
Down the years, the sim-series has gained decent notoriety, for its fully-featured entries, with strenuous adherence to realism.
The next entry promises to follow on in the same vein as previous games. Hopefully though, with some added improvements to the existing formula. Ever since the upcoming game first aired during E3 2019, firm fans of Microsoft Flight Simulator have been itching to take to the skies in the latest iteration.
After all, there was a point in time when the series future was, seemingly called into question, following the sudden closure of Aces Game Studio in 2009.
Things are different this time around, though. Backed by the publishing prowess of Xbox Game Studios, and development team Asobo Studio, all the ingredients are in place for another celebrated rendition to the much-loved, flight-sim series.
Without further or do let us take an in-depth peek at the game. So, strap yourself in tight, as we spectacularly take to the skies.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Closed Beta Is Coming
Ever since late last year, players have already got hands-on with the game via the early alpha. And although many have clocked decent mileage on the game to date, a new developmental milestone may be within touching distance.
With that in mind, it seems as though the next stage is not too far from fruition, with a closed beta on the cards in the foreseeable future.
At least, that’s according to Asobo Studios, who, back in May 2020, informed players of a beta, set to take place from the middle of July.
That was then, though, and this is now. In recent news, a new development update, issued on June 25th, confirms that a closed beta release date should arrive very soon.
“The team is currently in the final testing phase for Alpha 5. We will announce the release date in our July 2nd update,” the statement reads.
So good news for players, on that note. I eagerly await the reveal. As I am sure many of you do. Furthermore, I am excited to see what new additions lie in store, in the transition from alpha to beta.
NAVBLUE Join in the Act
Adding further steel to the project is the inclusion of Airbus company NAVBLUE, who recently partnered with Xbox Game Studios.
By lending their services and sending “real-world aeronautical data to Microsoft,” the goal is “to support the realistic experience that is the next generation “Microsoft Flight Simulator” software, the statement reads.
During the NAVBLUE press release, which reiterates its support for the game, the company also hints at what players can expect from the next Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
The statement suggests the game will host an “extreme level of detail,” contained within an “incredibly realistic environment.”
Based on what I have seen so far, it sounds as though the next game is going to usher in a new age of realism for the Microsoft Flight Simulator series.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Alpha 5 Build
Some of the screenshots I have seen so far look superb. Better still, with Alpha 5 shortly on the way, we can surely expect a slew of improvements to Flight Management & Guidance Systems, andgraphical tweaks, which should make for an even more immersive experience. I cannot wait to test out all the new features.
One of the benefits of having testers is that you get real-time feedback on how the game is operating. At least on a functional level. So, hats off to all those involved that allow for its making to resemble a shared experience.
What the future holds, we shall see.
What We Think
In recent weeks, we have learnt a lot about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. And with such a successful alpha stage, the potential of a closed beta looks even more promising.
Come July 2nd; we will have a beta release window. Much to the delight of aviation fanatics worldwide.
Stick around for more news on that issue, as and when it surfaces.
What do you think? And did you get on with the alpha? What kind of improvements, if any, would you like to see added to the beta? As always, welcome your views.
So please do contact us with your thoughts via the comments.