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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024: Everything We Know



Even though this year's Xbox showcase was jam-packed with exciting new game announcements, one game trailer stole the hearts of many viewers. That was, of course, the reveal trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. Developed by Microsoft and powered by the Asobo Studio engine, the franchise's new entry looks to push the boundaries of simulated aviation in every way possible. Guess you could say the sky is the limit.

We know you're probably thinking: how could they top the likes of Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition, which truly felt like it had it all? Well, both studios dug deep into their creative wells to offer what could be the best new additions to the series since the Pelican from Halo was added to the game. With that in mind, we're sure you're curious about what that specifically entails for us virtual pilots. So, buckle up and read on, because here's everything we know about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.

What Is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024?

Flight Simulator 2024

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is a new standalone simulator that allows you to step into the cockpit of some of the world's coolest and strangest aircrafts. Furthermore, their in-game models are practically identical to their real-life counterparts. In fact, many aspiring pilots first practice on Microsoft Flight Simulator before taking to the skies in real life. They are, however, outfitted with an entire plane cockpit to simulate authenticity. Nonetheless, it demonstrates just how detailed and accurate the aviation sim truly is.

As it states on the official website, “Pursue your dream of an aviation career with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. This brand-new simulator is designed to take advantage of the latest technologies in simulation, cloud, machine learning, graphics and gaming to create the most sophisticated, immersive and awe-inspiring flight simulator of all time.”


Unlike most games, there is no dedicated story mode in Microsoft Flight Simulator. As a result, the player must undertake their own personal aviation missions. However, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is changing the tide a bit by adding missions to the game alongside the new aviation careers. From saving people trapped on top of mountains to cargo transports and much more, the highlight of the sequel are the new aviation careers. So keep reading to find out everything there is to know about them.


Flight Simulator 2024

All of the buzz and excitement surrounding Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 can be seen in its reveal trailer (embedded below), which focused on one thing: new aviation careers. And get ready, because here they are: Ariel Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Cargo Transport, Air Ambulance, Agricultural Aviation, Skydive Aviation, Ariel Construction, Industrial Cargo Transport, Remote Cargo Ops, VIP Charter Service, Air Racing, Glider Pilot, Scientific Research, Experimental Flight, Low Altitude Training, Executive Transport Service, Airship Tours, and even Hot Air Balloon Trips.

Those are all the new aviation careers in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 that we know about from the reveal trailer. So, that mean's there could be even more included by the time the game releases. Nonetheless, these aviation careers provide players with a specific mission to complete, whether it's transporting cargo, a VIP client, or rescuing stranded people. Which will be a welcomed change from your Sunday flights to and from the Bahamas.

However, the enhancements in gameplay don't stop there. This time around, the sky will be fiercer than ever. Newly enhanced weather brings forest fires, tornadoes, and a variety of seasons. All in all, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 looks to be ushering into a new era for flight simulators. One that encompasses everything and anything to do with the sky.


Flight Simulator 2024

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is a new standalone simulator developed on the Asobo Studio engine. According to the game's FAQ page, “Current aircraft and airports that are in Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020), as well as virtually all Marketplace add-ons, will be supported in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.” As a result, nothing is being left behind. And, better yet, “Add-ons that were purchased from the in-simulator Marketplace will not need to be re-purchased in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.”

Aside from that, we have no development roadmap for the game just yet. Nonetheless, stay posted to as we'll be covering all the updates on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 when they shed.


Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 - Official Reveal Trailer | Xbox Games Showcase 2023

Of course, the official reveal trailer shown at the Xbox Showcase 2023 sparked all the excitement. So, take a look for yourself to get a glimpse of all the new aviation careers.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 currently has no set or tentative release date. All we know is the game will be touching down sometime in 2024. What we do know, however, is that it will be available day one on Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Windows 10/11, and Steam. Since the previous title released on Xbox series X|S consoles, we'd suspect the sequel too as well. Unfortunately, the game is still a no-go for PlayStation users. However, given that it is being developed by Microsoft, this is not surprising.

We don't know of any game editions just yet. However, knowing Microsoft Flight Simulator, premium and deluxe editions with additional aircraft and airports are likely. But that's purely speculation. Aside from that, we'll be sure to provide any updates and news on the game when it sheds. Until then, we'll just have to sit tight before we can take to the skies in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.

So, are you excited about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024? What aviation careers are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts on our socials here.

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.