A quick update on the status of Microsoft Flight Simulator was provided to us yesterday from the official MSFS website. We have confirmation that the update is coming next week and no doubt promises a series of updates to the sim. Let’s have a quick look at what we know together with the latest information from the roadmap.
Flight Simulator has been releasing patches as big monumental updates that come a couple of months apart from each other. We’re now on the fourth such update and each one has introduced a series of fixes, improvements, new content… and caused a few headaches too both during the update process as well as with features that should work and didn’t.
Asobo this time put out a call for community testers to help identify those kinds of issues early. Nothing tests software like hundreds of users just using it the way that they do – sometimes uniquely from others. Hopefully this has resulted in a higher quality patch.
According to the latest developer diary, Sim Update IV is on the way:
Our team is finalizing Sim Update IV and is set to release next week! Thank you again to those involved in the flighting group who have helped test this update. Don’t forget, the next Dev Q&A on Twitch is on Wednesday, May 26th at 10:30 am PDT!May 20, 2021 Developer Update
As for what’s in the update, Asobo tends to be tight lipped up until release. We do know, however, that they have been working on improvements to the flight model, to engine modeling, and to things like how the rudder behaves on real aircraft versus those in Flight Simulator.
Issues with the flight model aside, I appreciate Asobo’s commitment to take those critiques head on and continue to refine their product. They have been transparent and responsive through many of those updates and I think it will lead to good things!
Back in January, Feature Discovery Series: Aerodynamics Part 2 detailed a lot of work that they were doing. Some of that is already in the sim now while others may still be on their way and may arrive with this next update. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.
Highlights of what’s next
As usual, the roadmap ahead has been released by Asobo and here’s some things that may capture your attention:
- Update Update 4 – May 25th
- Trailer: TBA – June 10th
- Trailer: World Update V – June 24th
- World Update V – June 24th
Looking forward to all of those.
For the rest, visit MicrosoftFlightSimulator.com for the latest update.