Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting free Japan World Update on September 29

Ruben Fields
September 27, 2020

Allowing Japanese Android users to play Xbox games on their phones could be a big deal for Microsoft as the Xbox console has struggled to compete locally with Sony and Nintendo, but the Android platform is very popular in Japan.

Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio have announced that Japan will be the focus of the first World Update free for all players of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it drops next week.

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The news was revealed during Microsoft's segment of the Tokyo Game Show, with the Microsoft Flight Sim team popping up to give everyone a peep at what's to come. It's now in the top 5 reviewed games of 2020 on Metacritic. The update will see the cities recreated with 3D photographic surveying. These cities are Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, and Yokohama. Six "handcrafted" local airports are also being added along with three new landing challenges. The entirety of Japan has been upgraded with a new digital elevation map, leading to a more true-to-life representation of the nation. Highlights include Mount Fuji, Himeji Castle, Great Seto Bridge, and the Isukushima Shrine. Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now for Steam, Windows 10, and Game Pass for PC. The update is set for a September 29 release and will be free for everyone playing the game.

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