Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to release later this year on PC and Xbox, and if the footage from the Alpha testing is anything to go by, one of the most immersive and impressive games of the year.
There is also talk of a later release date on Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X.
However, with ground-breaking cosoles like the Nintendo Switch, more and more developers are looking to release their games across different platforms.
Accessibility is the name of the game, and we've seen some great titles already make their way on the Switch, so will Microsoft follow suit with Flight Simulator?
Let's take a look at what the game has to offer, and what other Flight Simulators have come up against when released on Switch.
Current Simulators on the Switch
ISLAND FLIGHT - As you can see, current simulatorsstruggle to please on the Switch.
The current simulators on the Switch, don’t have the best graphics or gameplay.
Because of this, Flight Simulators get a pretty bad rap. It is possible Microsoft flight Simulator could change the game for the Switch, but it would have to be very well optimised to run on the smaller system.
However, graphics aren’t everything, with a small downgrade, the core gameplay would still be able to keep fans interested without the need to the breath-taking scenery.
Incredible amount of airports
'The devil is the detail' must be the motto of anyone working on Flight Simulator as it is quite frankly mind-blowing as to how true to life they make their games.
One way they're continuing this tradition is by making a whopping 37,000 airports in game!
To honour the team's detail-orientated approach, we've listed some of the airports we think you'd enjoy (as they're the busiest!)
Flight Simulator 2020 airports
United States Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
China Beijing Capital International Airport
United States Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California
Japan Tokyo Haneda Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport
United Arab Emirates
United States O'Hare International Airport
United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport
China Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Chek Lap Kok, Islands, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR, China
France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Republic of Korea
Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, North Holland
Germany Frankfurt Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Changi, East Region
Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
United States Denver International Airport
India Indira Gandhi International Airport
Indonesia Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
United States John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens, New York, New York
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Spain Madrid Barajas Airport
United States San Francisco International Airport
San Mateo County, California
China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Shuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, Sichuan
China Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong
United States Orlando International Airport
United States McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, Nevada
Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Canada Toronto Pearson International Airport
The Future of Switch
The Switch is currently the biggest portable console on the market.
BETTER THAN THE REST - The Switch quickly became one of thefastest-selling consoles of all time.
Nintendo has created a great console for portability and playing with a group. When considering the Flight Simulator, Portability is something it’s lacking. But sociability isn’t something that’s necessary or a selling point of the game.
For now, we will, unfortunately, have to make compromises in some areas.
Will it come to Switch?
The likelihood of seeing the simulator come to Switch is low, but not zero.
BEAUTY IN NATURE - Microsoft Flight simulator is set to release later this year!
As mentioned before, developers are always looking to expand their horizons and one great way to do this is to target as many platforms as possible.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Microsoft are wanting to sell the Flight Simulator outside of the Microsoft Store.
But there is a possibility we’ll see other, more expansive simulators on the Switch in the future.
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