As we’ve always said, the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator in August was just the beginning. Our goal is to provide you with a meaningful update to the sim every month. Today, we are proud to begin our series of “World Updates” which are intended to highlight and enhance specific regions of the planet. This first World Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator is focused on Japan.
A country rich with ancient tradition and bustling with future-facing innovation, Japan presents a stunning panorama of old and new, urban and remote, mountains, forests, cities and coastlines — now enhanced with remarkable graphical improvements that span the volcanic island chain.
World Update I: Japan features a high-resolution digital elevation map across the entire country, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six prominent Japanese cities (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama), and six exquisitely hand-crafted airports (Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima and Suwanosejima). We also added a new pagoda-style architecture, and hand-crafted nearly two dozen custom landmarks and points of interest to invite simmers to explore the area’s timeless World Heritage sites, towering neon skyscrapers, iconic bridges and sacred shrines.
To also make things exciting — this content update also brings a trio of exciting Landing Challenges set at Japanese airports, which offer new opportunities for pilots to overcome environmental obstacles and improve their flying skills.
Once you download the latest update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, be sure to head to the in-sim Marketplace to claim World Update I: Japan and experience all the unparalleled beauty in the land of the rising sun.