Flight Simulator 2024: Everything we Know About Flight Simulator 2024
Microsoft Flight Simulator introduced many new players to the series thanks to its inclusion on Xbox Game Pass, so all eyes are on the upcoming Flight Simulator 2024 to expand the series into new areas while delivering the most realistic experience for those who want to explore the world.
Flight Simulator 2024 will feature brand-new mechanics and vehicles to give players an immersive experience with plenty of content to keep them coming back for more. Here is everything we know so far about Flight Simulator 2024.
Flight Simulator 2024 Release Date
No official release date has been given for Flight Simulator 2024, but we can expect the game to be released sometime in 2024. The previous entry in the series was released in August 2020, which could potentially give us a more accurate window of when the game could be released, but we won’t know for certain until Microsoft announces an official release date this year.
What Platforms Will Flight Simulator 2024 Be Released On?
Being a first-party Microsoft game, Flight Simulator 2024 will be released exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X. For PC gamers, the game will launch on both Steam and the Xbox app.
Will Flight Simulator Be On Xbox Game Pass?
With Flight Simulator 2024 being a first-party title developed by Microsoft, it will launch on day 1 on Xbox Game Pass for both PC and Xbox.
Is Flight Simulator A Traditional Game Or Just A Simulator?
As the name suggests, the game is a simulator and that is pretty much all that it is. The most recent 2020 release saw many new players check it out for the first time thanks to its day 1 release on Xbox Game Pass, and perhaps the extra free time during lockdown helped with bringing new players to the series.
However, some were surprised to discover it is just a simulator that replicates flying an aircraft as accurately as possible without being in a real cockpit, rather than a game such as The Sims which is a simulator but much more fun and entertaining. With Flight Simulator, if you choose to fly from London to New York, expect to not see much happen for over 6 hours as you cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Some real pilots do use Microsoft Flight Simulator as practice due to its accuracy. Of course, nothing compares to being in a real plane, but when you’re on the ground and in your home it is the best alternative to maintain your skill and knowledge.
Does Flight Simulator 2024 Have A Story?
Flight Simulator 2024 won’t have a traditional story or campaign mode, but it will feature various challenges and scenarios to play and it seems that Microsoft is looking to expand this to make it more appealing to a wider audience. The 2020 release features landing challenges, which is the most difficult part of a journey, but once you’ve mastered them all you can do in the game is fly around the world and explore.
This time, there will be numerous scenarios to add more variety to the game. These were shown off in the trailer and it is possible that more could be added when the game launches, or even included in future updates. Check out the current list of challenges and scenarios below.
Search and rescue
Industrial Cargo Transport
Remote Cargo Operations
VIP Charter services
Low Altitude Training
Executive Transport Service
Flight Simulator Will Feature Helicopters And Hot Air Balloons For The First Time
The Flight Simulator series has always centred around planes, but that is set to change with the upcoming release. In the announcement trailer, we got to see helicopters heavily featured across numerous scenarios and challenges.
But, one of the more surprising additions is the inclusion of hot air balloons which can be seen at the very end of the trailer. Although they’re not the most exciting form of air travel, it could be very relaxing to ride in a hot air balloon and see the world below and take in more of the landscape due to its slow speed.
Modders Will Be Able To Sell Their Creations Directly In-Game
Microsoft Flight Simulator saw the inclusion of a Partner Program, which allows modders to create custom content and sell it directly in the game’s marketplace rather than releasing it on a third-party platform. This also allows the modders to earn revenue for their efforts.
The partner program will continue with Flight Simulator 2024, but there is no information as to whether content purchased from the marketplace for Microsoft Flight Simulator will carry over to the new game.