Microsoft Flight Simulator’s subsequent huge replace enhances the look of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Called World Update 6, builders confirmed off a brand new trailer through the annual Gamescom gaming conference. The free replace launches on Sept. 7 for Windows PC and Xbox.

Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann tells Polygon that this specific World Update accommodates a few of the most present information that’s ever been added to the sport.

“We pick a region when we have great data: new satellite data, new aerial data,” Neumann mentioned. “In this case, we have new aerials and satellite from 2020, so it’s what we call ‘fresh.’ And then we work with, oftentimes, the [regional governments] to get better elevation data. That helps us a lot with things like mountains. The Alps in particular were a little, you know, a little flat there in the original release.”

Some of the brand new cities and landmarks proven throughout immediately’s trailer embrace Basel in Switzerland; Graz and Vienna, Austria; and newly enhanced Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt, and St. Gallen Airports.

Originally launched for PC one yr in the past, Microsoft Flight Simulator just lately made the transfer to Xbox Series X with a surprisingly well-optimized expertise. The sport can be included as a part of the Xbox Game Pass program, which means that tens of millions of gamers have the possibility to strive it out. World Updates are a part of the continuing growth of the sport, and can be found to obtain totally free. They embrace extra detailed terrain and excessive decision landmarks created with a mixture of photogrammetry and painstaking digital rendering.

Previous World Updates have included enhancements for areas within the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Nordic areas together with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Perhaps the should common, Neumann mentioned, is the primary World Update which options places in Japan.

“Japan wasn’t really a [big part of the] flight sim community, and now I see it,” Neumann mentioned. “People start building airports. People are making planes. There is a community of simmers now emerging, and that was exactly the point [of World Updates]. It was like, hey, check out flight simming. Check out your country from above and see if you love it, and maybe you fall in love with aviation like we did.”

PC gamers with beefy computer systems are additionally in for a deal with. According to patch notes launched on Aug. 19, World Update 6 may also embrace “offscreen terrain pre caching.” That means entire sections of in-game graphical belongings will probably be loaded forward of time. Developers say gamers ought to anticipate decreased body price drops and stage of element (LOD) popping when panning the digital camera.

World Update 6 was initially scheduled to launch on Aug. 24. Xbox Game Studios just lately made the choice to delay it till Sept. 7.