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||Atlanta, Georgia||United States|
|China Beijing Capital International Airport||Chaoyang-Shunyi, Beijing||China|
|United States Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles, California||United States|
|Japan Tokyo Haneda Airport||Ota, Tokyo||Japan|
|United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport||Garhoud, Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|United States O'Hare International Airport||Chicago, Illinois||United States|
|United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport||Hillingdon, London||United Kingdom|
|China Shanghai Pudong International Airport||Pudong, Shanghai||China|
|Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport||Chek Lap Kok, Islands, New Territories||Hong Kong SAR, China|
|France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport||Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France||France|
|United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas||United States|
|China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport||Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong||China|
|South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport||Incheon||Republic of Korea|
|Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol||Haarlemmermeer, North Holland||The Netherlands|
|Germany Frankfurt Airport||Frankfurt, Hesse||Germany|
|Singapore Singapore Changi Airport||Changi, East Region||Singapore|
|Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport||Bang Phli, Samut Prakan||Thailand|
|United States Denver International Airport||Denver, Colorado||United States|
|India Indira Gandhi International Airport||Delhi||India|
|Indonesia Soekarno–Hatta International Airport||Tangerang, Banten||Indonesia|
|United States John F. Kennedy International Airport||Queens, New York, New York||United States|
|Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport||Sepang, Selangor||Malaysia|
|Spain Madrid Barajas Airport||Barajas, Madrid||Spain|
|United States San Francisco International Airport||San Mateo County, California||United States|
|China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport||Shuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, Sichuan||China|
|China Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport||Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong||China|
|United States Orlando International Airport||Orlando, Florida||United States|
|United States McCarran International Airport||Las Vegas, Nevada||United States|
|Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport||Barcelona||Spain|
|Canada Toronto Pearson International Airport||Mississauga, Ontario||Canada|
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.