You can already fly around the world in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Free updates are coming, however, to add even more detail to that world, and Asobo Studio is starting with Japan.
Announced during today's Xbox presentation for Tokyo Game Show 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be getting its first World Update for Japan on Sept. 29, 2020. This includes an upgraded digital elevation map for the entire country of Japan, six handcrafted airports, and three new Landing Challenges set at Japanese airports.
Six cities will also be getting high-resolution 3D photogrammetry: Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, and Yokohama. You can see the results in the trailer, as well as a host of Japan's sights from across the country.
Microsoft Flight Simulator's return from the dead has been one of the more exciting things to see in games this year. It helps that right now, most people aren't travelling or sight-seeing, so the dream of exploring distant vistas or flying through a supercell becomes all the more appealing when you've been cooped up inside.
It was our Game of the Month last month because of how simply incredible its tech is, though. And it looks like the Flight Sim is only getting more powerful. This is specifically the first free content update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, indicating there is likely more on the way.
Right now, Microsoft Flight Simulator is still only on PC, via Xbox Game Pass or Windows 10 and Steam. PC owners will be able to take flight around an updated Japan next Tuesday, on Sept. 29.