Top Gun: Maverick is delayed… and so is the Flight Simulator tie-in

If you were looking forward to Top Gun: Maverick or the movie-tie in that Microsoft Flight Simulator, I have some bad news. Both are delayed and the wait will be a long one. Here’s what we know.

Bad news everybody

The pandemic continues to cause movie dates to shift around and the latest to move them is Paramount Studios which announced that they were shifting a bunch of their big movie releases from 2021 to 2022. Among them is Top Gun: Maverick which has shifted dates a bunch of times and is now slated to launch into movie theaters on May 27, 2022 (Memorial Day weekend in the US).

Among the collateral damage of that decision is Asobo’s free Microsoft Flight Simulator add-on pack which included a Nimitz-class carrier, an F/A-18E Super Hornet, and the mysterious spyplane that has been teased in the movie’s trailers. A brief update from Asobo Studios details the situation:

Paramount Pictures recently shifted the release date of Top Gun: Maverick to Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 2022. As we have previously announced, the Top Gun: Maverick expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Game Pass will be released alongside the movie. We look forward to sharing more information in the future.

Microsoft Flight Simulator update

Although some anger has been directed at Asobo Studios, it is misplaced as the content is tied directly into the release date of the movie and a licensing deal is a licensing deal. I hope that the extra time means that the Asobo Studio team might be able to add extra layers of polish and detail to the movie tie in.

Read the official announcement here.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ken-Dagfinn Rian says:

    Am I the only one loosing interest in this movie?

    It’s been hyped and delayed for so long now that I have lost all interest in seeing it, at least in theaters. The constant delays to eek it as much money as possible from the production has convinced me to wait until it’s on some streaming service.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      You’re probably not alone. I’m not really phased by any of this. When the movie comes out, I will watch it and hopefully enjoy it for what it is. It sounds like they put a lot effort into the aircraft scenes so that has my attention.

      It will come out when it does.


      1. ADorante says:

        This weekend I saw the trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “Moonfall”. While I’m not really into his movies, this trailer evoked a feeling of wanting to go to the movies and enjoying any offering in a cinema. Currently it is not possible and I’m missing the opportunity. When the theatres will open again it won’t matter which blockbuster I will see but I hope that I will be able choose among a lot of them. Then the new Top Gun movie will be just another contender with James Bond, Dune and many other films.

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      2. Novice-Flyer says:

        To me, if a sequel to Top Gun was to be made, it should have come out around 1996, not really right now. I don’t really care that it’s been delayed even further, but that maybe just maybe might change.

        Maybe many cringeworthy inaccuracies from Top Gun could also be fixed, such as Cougar taking off his oxygen mask to breathe more oxygen, Maverick flying across the carrier deck with his arresting hook DOWN, Maverick saying that he was in a -4G dive with another aircraft (would have resulted in him and Goose blacking out and a structural failure of the F-14), dumping fuel prior to engaging in a mock dogfight, Hit the Brakes, etc, etc.
        When I joined Air Cadets, many people were talking about Top Gun, but now that we’re in our 20s, I feel that Top Gun is meant for juvenile audiences or people who don’t know much about aviation.
        No offence.



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