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Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox Series X release date is July – with Top Gun DLC to come


Microsoft Flight Simulator – now with added Tom Cruise (pic: Microsoft)

It may not be a game exactly, but Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to become one of the few Xbox Series X exclusives when it takes flight next month.

After much speculation developer Asobo has finally announced a date for Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X and S, of July 27.

Although at first it was implied to also be coming to Xbox One that no longer seems to be the case, which is no surprise given the quality and complexity of the graphics.

The console version is set to include everything that fans love about the PC version, including realistic weather effects and cloud simulation, but there’s also a new feature for both versions: Top Gun themed DLC.

The new DLC will be a free expansion released this autumn, as a tie-in to new movie Top Gun: Maverick.

It’s not clear whether you’re going to be able to shoot anything but at the very least you seem to be able to fly the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

Aircraft carrier landings also seem to be a thing, which is pretty thrilling stuff whether anyone’s shooting at you at the time or not.

The PC version of the game was a major hit for Microsoft, after the series fell out of the limelight for a number of years, and now boasts over 37,000 simulated airports, 2 million cities, and 1.5 billion buildings.

Although it’s worth bearing in mind that flying an aircraft and, especially, landing it is really hard, so it’s not necessarily as calm and gentle as it seems.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now on PC and will be released on Xbox Series X/S on July 27.

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