Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Back – And It Looks Absolutely Stunning

Microsoft is releasing a brand new version of its classic game Flight Simulator, and let's just say that graphics have come a LONG way since you played it as a kid.

Many of you will remember the earlier versions of the game from your childhood, when at first it always felt like the easiest game in the world as you drifted through the skies without a care in the world, boasting to your older brother: "This is a piece of piss! I could be a pilot!"

But that was merely the simulation luring you into a false sense of security - all of a sudden, shit would hit the proverbial fan, and it would be game over for your short-lived, cocksure career in the cockpit.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. Credit: Microsoft
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. Credit: Microsoft

It was a time when things were much simpler, and that includes computer-generated imagery - although anyone who played the game probably thought the graphics were among the most impressive they'd seen, with huge, clunky blocks that just about resembled skyscrapers.

Now though, we have 4k resolution, which tramples all over that - and which is exactly what you'll get with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, which drops next year.

The graphics look AMAZING. Credit: Microsoft
The graphics look AMAZING. Credit: Microsoft

The game has been announced with a new trailer to tie in with the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), with a description telling us: "Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises.

"From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions."

You can fly 'anywhere on the planet'. Credit: Microsoft
You can fly 'anywhere on the planet'. Credit: Microsoft

Gamers are already stoked as hell for the return of the game, with one commenting on the YouTube upload of the trailer: "TAKE MY MONEY! I'M SO STINKIN STOKED FOR THIS. THANK YOU MICROSOFT! FINALLY!"

Someone else said: "Love the graphics, just so realistic. I think this will be the best you can get in the simulator world."

Another wrote: "Just wow. Those clouds, lightning, textures, cities! That looks amazing. Well done Microsoft."

A fourth added: "FSX was my childhood. I just screamed with excitement, it's back."

In the past, the series has been PC-only, but this latest instalment will be part of the Xbox Game Pass program (which is also available on PC).

The game will be released at some point in 2020. In the meantime I suggest you just soak up those gorgeous graphics in the announcement trailer, which are hopefully a good sign of what's coming.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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