The highly anticipated World Update 3 along with a new Feature Discovery Video and a brand new Q&A with the Asobo team are the focus of the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator update. Let’s have a look at the latest!
World update information
World Update 3 is focused on the United Kingdom and Ireland and, according to Asobo Studios, is nearly ready for all of us as they put the finishing touches on the update. Photogrammetry from various cities is being implemented and Asobo expects to bring the update to us sometime between February 9th and 11th.
We now have confirmation that Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Bristol are being added as photogrammetry supported cities. Five new airports are also being added – Barra, Liverpool, Land’s End, Manchester-Barton and Out Skerries. These are joined by 80 POI’s including bridges, castles, and more. Some of those we saw last week.
I’ve looked at the airports and there are some interesting choices here. Land’s End is in the far south western tip of the UK and looks capable of supporting a variety of GA traffic. Liverpool is in the centre of the country and is a full service airport. Manchester-Barton is a mixed grass and paved airstrip. Meanwhile, Barra is uniquely situated on a beach on the western side of Scotland and Out Skerries is in the far northern tip of the UK. Improvements have also apparently been made to 85 more area airports too.
I’m looking forward to doing a tour of the UK!
Partnership series: Orbx
A new partnership series video is out and it features Orbx. The company has been creating scenery and supporting software for flight simulators since 2006 and has put together some great packages for owners of other sims and is now working away on a lot of content for Flight Simulator.
The latest video details what Orbx does, gives us a peek at their offices, and shows off many of their scenery packages. It also mentions their recently announced Volanta personal flight tracker which will track your flights across multiple products including Flight Simulator, X-Plane, and DCS World among others. Well worth a watch if you’re interested in what Orbx does and how they do it.
Asobo Developer Q&A
The latest Asobo Developer Q&A is also now available on their YouTube channel. I haven’t had a chance to watch and summarize yet but I will report back on any noteworthy updates in a separate post. In the meantime, they are always good to see what is going on in the background.