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Microsoft Flight Simulator developers share details on the high-fidelity ATR 72/42 and plans for future updates

Microsoft Flight Simulator developers share details on the high-fidelity ATR 72/42 and plans for future updates

Today, Microsoft and Asobo Studio hosted a live stream showcasing upcoming plans for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

As usual, we heard from Microsoft Flight Simulator boss Jorg Neumann, Asobo CEO Sebastian Wlock, and executive producer Martial Bossard.

We hear Sim updates may be slowed down a bit to increase stability and the ability to publicly beta test them for longer. It can also affect global updates.

The sim is getting an experimental option in Sim Update 10 called “Low Power Mode” to reduce CPU and GPU usage (while sacrificing frame rate). It will be available in developer mode. Based on feedback, this may become a basic option (in standard menus) in Sim Update 11.

Microsoft is planning a “Marketplace 3.0” with new features in 2023, possibly later in the year.

We finally heard more details from developer Hans Hartmann about the ATR. The project is on schedule, but it’s “a little early” to talk about a release date. It should also come to the Xbox version.

The project will include the freighter version ATR 42-600, ATR 72-600 and ATR 72-600F.

The aircraft will be a high-fidelity aircraft with a state-of-the-art exterior model. Everything is animated, including the doors. New LED landing lights are also implemented.

The interior model has the same level of detail as the exterior and a fully walkable cabin will be included, along with the cargo area for the cargo version. Everything that opens or closes is live and usable, including sun visors and armrests, and even the briefcase on the captain’s side.

An EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) tablet will be implemented and all controls will be available via LocalVars, which will help those who like to build cockpits for their simulators.

The plane will have a high-quality flight and engine model by Alexander Metzger (who worked alongside Hartmann on the acclaimed Flight1 ATR for Flight Simulator X). The modeled engine is the PW127M with realistic ITT behavior and fuel flow.

The systems are modeled after the latest ATR standard (STD3), with full checklist system, NAMS pressurization system, Thales FMS 220 with 2 MCDU, TAWS and weather radar.

The latest flight dynamics, propeller physics and soft body simulation will be included.

The aircraft is based on the full documentation of ATR.

We then hear more general information, including the fact that Asobo will implement (or better, improve, since it’s already implemented but not noticeable) the landing camera shake in sim 10 update.

Other features planned for sim update 10 are multi-monitor support, DLSS support, improved DirectX12 implementation, new cloud logic that will improve resolution near the ground, jungle travel improvements, better UI accessibility (including a screen reader), a hotkey to remove dog tags on the fly, VFR map improvements, and an option to turn ghosting on or off in multiplayer . Implementation of these features depends on the results of beta testing, which will begin very soon. The release of the update could come a few weeks later than expected to allow for more extensive testing.

Real-time wind gusts are also being tested and planned for Sim Update 10 along with the first stage of ground handling improvements.

The performance degradation on long flights is still being investigated and the developers believe it may be due to the VFR map. They are also investigating if this is affected by 3rd party bundles.

Asobo is working on improving ATC vectoring along with several layers of ATC improvement in general.

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If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the Asobo Studio game.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.

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