Microsoft’s latest edition of Flight Simulator touts single shard multiplayer features

    
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Well, here’s a game we weren’t expecting to have on our radar, but these are strange times indeed. So with that in mind, let’s take a moment to talk about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its multiplayer features, shall we? Because, if they work out the way they’re intended, it’s actually pretty interesting.

The latest installment in the venerable flight sim series will feature three different multiplayer modes, with the primary mode known as Live Players mode letting players fly across the globe in a single shared universe. The game will stream in real-time weather effects, time, and even live air traffic data to further flesh out the experience, though the tech will limit how many planes you can see based on your machine’s specs and within a certain distance and number. This mode is mostly for those who value simulation and realism, demanding that players follow guidelines and rules.

All Players mode, meanwhile, is a mode that’s less about realism and more about simply enjoying flight. Players can adjust various features in this mode, selecting weather, time of day, and whether air traffic will be included or not. For a further customized experience, there is a Groups mode, which basically lets players create their own private shard and adjust features like weather and time.

The video embedded below provides a closer look at these multiplayer features as well as a few moments to explain how the single shard tech works. As for Microsoft Flight Sim itself, the game is still in alpha testing, with no planned release date beyond some time this year.

sources: YouTube, official site, cheers Agemyth!

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Phaserlight

MFS is one of those games where I would love to get out of the plane after landing, walk around, watch others fly…

Pretty interesting, indeed.

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Armsbend

In the online portion of FSX you can play as the ATC – air traffic controller.

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Armsbend

This is my most anticipated game by a huge margin. I really see myself getting into this one for the long term.

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Loopy

I’m currently going through the phase of checking out every half decent flight sim currently available, but for some reason i always keep coming back to FSX. Well.. when it doesn’t decide to crash 45 minutes into a flight..

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Armsbend

I played a few hours of MS Flight and was enjoying it. I was really taken aback how it just vanished.

I’m hoping this is MS’s first party return to gaming in a real way (Xbox/RARE/Minecraft aside). They used to make some fantastic stuff. Hmmm now that I think about it I guess they are kinda way into it still.

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Loopy

FSX is mainly kept alive by the community and the modders. It’s pretty unreal how pretty you can get the game to look with the texture/graphics packs, since the underlying flight engine is so solid.

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Oleg Chebeneev

amazing how they could achieve such detalization on a planetary scale

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Jack Pipsam

My dad has been playing Flight Sim X since its launch, it’s going to be great to get him onto this new one once it releases.

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Armsbend

I remember I’d go over to my cousin’s house in the 80s where he played the first iteration on what then – was a cutting edge IBM rig. He was a aviation nut. I was much younger and never got why’d you’d play this over say Mario – but now I totes get it.

I have an uncracked case of X on steam right now I may just have to run to get prepped.

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Loopy

Keep in mind that X-Plane is a totally different beast from FSX. It’s a lot less casual-friendly and the game does not hold your hand. It’s mainly for people who want to get their flight sim experience to as close to real life as they can.

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Armsbend

Sorry I meant FSX.

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agemyth 😩

I’ve never gotten into a flight sim or even a flight combat sim, but I’m excited this game is coming out. I won’t even play it really, but I’m happy it exists.

This game also might be the best looking game. THE BEST.

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Louie

Excited for this game. Might be silly, but I’m really hoping that there will be an option for co-piloting/being in the same plane for MP.

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Skardon

Not silly, that would be fun

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Skardon

So ready for this to release

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Hikari Kenzaki

The system they describe for only showing the information near you sounds similar to Star Citizen’s SSOCS system.

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zoward

I’m looking forward to trying this out.