Microsoft Flight Simulator will finally launch on August 18th 2020 for PC and a new pre-order launch trailer has been uploaded to hype up its arrival. If you’re eager to play the pilot simulator as soon as possible, here you’ll discover everything you must know about the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 editions including the bonuses they contain and their pre-order prices.

In addition to its full release in August, there will also be a closed beta landing on July 30th. You should automatically be granted access to the closed beta provided you’re already an Alpha tester, but a fresh wave of invitations should also be sent so hopefully you’ll be one of the lucky few to be able to get your piloting license early.

However, if you don’t get an invitation, you needn’t pull your hair out as the full game will launch mere weeks afterwards. And, if you’re ready to pre-order, below you’ll discover all you need to know about the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 editions.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 editions

There are three editions available to pre-order for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020:

  • Standard (£59.99)
  • Deluxe (£79.99)
  • Premium Deluxe (£109.99)

The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Standard Edition boasts “20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 handcrafted airports”.

Meanwhile, the Deluxe version features all of the Standard content plus an extra five highly accurate planes. This version also comes with five additional handcrafted international airports.

Lastly, the Premium package contains all of the above along with ten additional handcrafted international airports and an extra ten planes.

Eurogamer has received clarification about the different editions. Standard Edition players should still be able to fly from all airports in the game, but handcrafted elements in different editions will somehow improve the experience.

“Microsoft Flight Simulator includes nearly every airport around that globe that is represented in Bing Maps, which is roughly 37,000,” says a Microsoft statement.

“However, of those 37,000 airports, we have specifically hand-crafted 40 of them (depending on the edition – 30 for Standard Edition, 35 for Deluxe Edition, 40 for Premium Deluxe Edition) for the most realistic and immersive simulation experience.”

With the above statement in mind, an example cited by Eurogamer is Standard and Deluxe players still being able to fly from Heathrow airport despite Premium players boasting a unique handcrafted element.

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