Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is one of the most ambitious and anticipated games of the year. There’s plenty of confusion surrounding its editions and premium airports, but that hasn’t stopped fans from being excited. And, if you can’t wait to begin your journey as a pilot, here you’ll discover the release time for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 so you can begin downloading it as soon as possible from Steam or the Microsoft store.

Complete and in-progress reviews for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have begun to surface. PC Gamer have dubbed it a fantastic landmark with a few issues, whereas others have described it as the “ultimate escapist fantasy in quarantine“.

Most of the impressions and reviews have been exceedingly positive, so it appears that fans needn’t be worried about the overall quality. For those of you who are ready to begin piloting almost every aircraft in existence, below you’ll discover the game’s release time for Steam and the Microsoft store.

What is the download size for Microsoft Flight Simulator?

Per the Microsoft store, the approximate download size for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is 127.01 GB.

While the download size isn’t noted on Steam, the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 system requirements do recommend at least 150 GB of available space.

It’s noted by the developers that you can begin downloading the title from either digital store when it releases in your timezone.

However, rather than a simultaneous launch on both platforms, the launch hours for both stores differ.

What time does Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 come out?

The release time for when Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will come out on Steam is 05:00 BST on August 18th.

As for the Microsoft store, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 should come out on the same date but at the release time of 00:00 BST.

In regard to elsewhere, the universal launch hour for the game on Steam is 04:00 UTC on August 18th. This means the game should be available to download at 00:00 ET.

Meanwhile, for the Microsoft store, there is no universal release time but it should be available at 00:00 ET also.

You can find out everything you need to know about the release times in other regions by visiting the developer’s official blog post.