The latest Development Update from Asobo Studios on the state of Microsoft Flight Simulator has some great details on two big features including a new feature discovery video on how the flight modeling is done in the sim and new screenshots and details on World Update 3. Let’s have a look!
Feature Discovery on aerodynamics
The latest Feature Discovery Series video from Asobo Studios details how the aerodynamics work in Flight Simulator. The video includes plenty of details on how the flight model works, how it works together with the weather system, and how it compares to the legacy flight model from FSX. The number of forces acting on the aircraft are shown visually throughout the video so that you can see how the physics model is working behind the scenes. It’s great!
The video bounces back and forth from improvements that they are making to the control systems in the sim, details on how aircraft creators can work with the built in tools to see how their flight model is working with the sim, and several new features that are coming in a future update that will benefit all players. Some of those features include:
- Improving the flap definition system so that aircraft creators can better define how flaps change the pitch moments of the aircraft as they are deployed
- Fixing a bug that prevents twin engine aircraft from getting full performance on takeoff
- Update to the aircraft selection menu which will let you adjust the limits of control surfaces and the aircraft’s centre of gravity
- Future updates will be coming for aircraft with turboprop engines, supersonic flight, and the interaction of surfaces with supersonic flow
- They plan to improve dev tools to increase the accuracy and number of surfaces that can be edited
Asobo has also sought help from subject matter experts including former military pilots and more members of the team are pilots than ever before. The key message here is that Asobo are not staying in one place with the flight model in Flight Simulator and that the core of the sim will continue to improve over time. This is, of course, great news for us all. While I think the sim’s flight model is already impressive, more details and more capabilities (such as supersonic flight) are welcome.
Watch the update here!
World Update 3 screenshots are out
The other big update this week is news on World Update 3. Previously announced as focusing on the UK, it appears that the update will include Ireland in addition to England, Scotland and Wales. The new screenshots show off the Forth bridges in Scotland, Blarney Castle in Ireland and Windsor Castle in the UK. I wasn’t expecting Ireland to be part of the update so this is great news!
Other key features of the update include:
- New aerial imagery
- New DEM (digital elevation model)
- 70 points of interest
- 5 airports
- Two landing challenges
- 5 brand-new photogrammetry cities
The last point is apparently taking some time as the team works to integrate new data sources for these new cities. The delay will add a week to the projected release date. Should be worth the wait if my experiences with Japan and USA updates are any indication!