[Official Discussion] gamescom 2022 announcements

Earlier today at gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the team was proud to make some new announcements about Microsoft Flight Simulator. See below for details:

Local Legend VI: Junkers F 13. The world’s first all-metal transport plane, this innovative and highly infuential aircraft is available now from the in-sim Marketplace for USD $14.99.

City Update 1 (CU1): a collection of five new photogrammetry cities from Germany: Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne. CU1 is available now for free from the in-sim Marketplace.

New 40th Anniversary Edition details: we announced some more content that will be included when this free update releases in November. This is in addition to all the content that we previously unveiled at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase in June. Today’s new announcements for the 40th Anniversary Edition are:

  • Three new planes: Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, Grumman G-21 Goose, and Hughes H-4 Hercules (aka the “Spruce Goose”)
  • Four classic airports, including Chicago’s Meigs Field, the long-time default starting location in many previous editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Twenty missions from the franchise’s past

In the US, I woke up early just to watch. Great job MS and Asobo.

City Updates sound awesome!


Really looking forward to the JN Jenny!


I wasn’t expecting Canada since the Beaver got moved to the anniversary update, but Germany again…?


It’s linked to the City Update 1


Jorg mentioned “we’re bringing back missions” in the 40th anniv. Thoughts?

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To celebrate the return of Gamescom, Microsoft Flight Simulator has released its first-ever City Update today featuring five brand-new photogrammetry German cities: Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne. Simmers will even be able to spot the famous Koelnmesse, home to the renowned gamescom show. This free update can be downloaded from the in-sim marketplace right now.

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Furthermore, the Microsoft Flight Simulator team revealed additional details about the upcoming release of the exciting 40th Anniversary Edition. It will be available for free on November 11, 2022 to those who own Microsoft Flight Simulator or Xbox Game Pass members and will feature, for the first time since 2006, helicopters and gliders, the most requested enhancements by our community. In addition to the helicopters and gliders, we will introduce another highly-requested community feature: a true-to-life airliner, the sophisticated Airbus A-310 where nearly every single button works just as expected.

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We are also celebrating the storied history of aviation with seven famous historical aircraft in the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition. These aircraft include the 1903 Wright Flyer, the 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the 1935 Douglas DC-3, the beautiful 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose, the 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, and the famous 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules (the largest seaplane and largest wooden plane ever made), also known as the Spruce Goose.

We are also adding four classic airports, including the Meigs Field in Chicago which is a traditional starting airport for the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise. It is an exciting update full of aviation history to celebrate our community and the beauty of aviation!

In summary, the 40th Anniversary Edition will bring:

  • 4 classic commercial airports
  • 10 glider airports
  • 12 new aircraft
  • 14 heliports
  • 20 classic missions from the franchise’s past

We hope you’ll check out the City Update 01 (German cities) available today and follow along as we get ready to bring you the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition on November 11. The sky is calling!

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Awesome. Thank you!!!

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Yeah, was like “Germany again?” As well… but it makes sense since they’re at gamescom

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Here’s the official news with screenshots and info: Microsoft Flight Simulator Celebrates gamescom with Its First-Ever City Update and Shares New Details for Its 40th Anniversary Edition - Xbox Wire


My high spot? The guy running with the wingtip of a glider at the launch point. I’m really hoping this indicates a high fidelity gliding experience is planned…


(13) Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition - Coming November 11 - YouTube


Thought that was a nice touch, too.

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There was a whole marketplace update…

Yepp, just hope they do the rest of it as well…

its one of the new aircraft

I wish this Goose was a modern turboprop conversion to differentiate it from the existing Big Radials’ Goose.


Aint nothing like too much radials