Grass in Flight Simulator, new Tech Alpha roadmap details

Microsoft Flight Simulator continues the slow trickle of information including a new screenshot and details on their Tech Alpha. Let’s have a quick look at the latest!

Grass? Yes, grass!

It doesn’t matter much from 30,000 feet up but if you’re flying low and slow, it pays to have the details right and Flight Simulator is showing off a new image that shows off their procedurally generated grass to good effect.

The whole scene is also delightfully moody and we also see how reflections, water, cloud shadows, and that previously mentioned grass all come together in a scene. Get this working on your “average” high end PC and I think we’ll be in for something special.

Tech Alpha

Flight Simulator is about to enter into a Tech Alpha process which will give us an early look at the sim in development. Here’s the latest roadmap:

Tech Alpha Timeline

  • October 10: Release testing complete. Lock final delivery schedule.
  • October 17: Build release preparation.
  • October 24: Release window opens.

A few lucky souls will hopefully be looking at the new release by October 24. Meanwhile you can still try and get in via a sign-up here. I also recommend becoming an insider because there are more screenshots and videos in there that are absolutely jaw dropping.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. VK-94 says:

    I can only dream seeing a return of Combat Flight Simulator with this new engine.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Hopefully that dream will be realized in the next year. I’m waffling between optimistic and uncertain but I will be following this title and its groundbreaking visuals very closely indeed!


      1. Novice-Flyer says:

        The only thing with a return to Microsoft CFS is where will they go? The IL-2 franchise greatly dominates the market for WW2 combat sims. When CFS3 was released, that area hadn’t been covered before, but now its mainly being covered by BoX and CloD. Also, the crashes in the earlier IL-2 games were more realistic than in CFS3 IMO. So I think one would have to make a tough choice to spend X amount of dollars on a new Microsoft CFS.
        I think the WW2 and WW1 era for Microsoft CFS is gone now and I think for a CFS4 they should maybe do the Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf, etc.

        Anyway. I’m greatly looking forward to FS 2020 next year.


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