The developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator is fulfilling a promise to its followers by including helicopters to the sport in late 2022, however at the least one may arrive by November of this yr. It’s known as the VoloCity, and it’s an 18-rotor, all-electric air taxi first flown within the United States in July.

Designed and constructed by Germany’s Volocopter, the VoloCity is designed to ferry folks and items round crowded trendy cities. According to the producer’s web site, the electrical vertical take off and touchdown (eVTOL) craft has triple-redundant methods all through, making it one of many most secure airframes on the planet. One of its most publicized flights took it by means of the middle of Singapore, a scene eerily much like a sequence from season three of Westworld. Just final month it flew within the United States for the first time.

What makes the VoloCity distinctive is how its 18 rotors work collectively to stabilize it throughout flight.

“This is a helicopter-like,” mentioned Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator at Xbox Game Studios. “The rotors actually keep you level. […] It does a lot of this stabilizing work that’s actually hard with a real helicopter. […] It’s almost like a helping hand — a starter helicopter.”

Neumann went on to elucidate that the group at Asobo Studio is going to nice lengths to refine the flight mannequin for helicopters in Microsoft Flight Simulator. When they had been launched in Microsoft Flight Simulator 10, he mentioned, they had been a little bit of a hack, with solely a single aerodynamic management floor tracked by the simulation. When builders are completed, there shall be many factors alongside its helicopter fashions that shall be tracked in actual time. The complexity will mirror the dramatic improvements made to the sport’s conventional, fixed-wing plane.