This morning, we were invited to a LIVE Press organized by Microsoft and Asobo Studio for a preview of the fourth update “World” of Microsoft Flight Simulator dedicated to France and the Benelux. In the presence of Titouan (Hoversmash), host at Xbox France, Ina Gelbert, director of Xbox France, David Dedeine and Martial Bossard respectively co-director and executive producer at Asobo Studio, we were able to have some information on this new update.
Microsoft Flight Simulator: France and Benelux seen from the sky
The “World” updates are intended to bring points of interest that are added. We find new data through several technologies that make Microsoft Flight Simulator environments more realistic and detailed. From the Dune of Pilat, passing by the Eiffel Tower, the Château d’If, Fort Boyard or even Notre Dame de Paris, these are just a short list of examples among the many cult places that are arriving with this update. by Microsoft Flight Simulator. Of course, the mythical points of interest in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will also be there.
All of this is made possible by photogrammetry, a system that scans reliefs to reproduce environments using satellite images. For some buildings and monuments, the Asobo teams called on artists to reproduce them by hand in Microsoft Flight Simulator. During this presentation, we were able to have a rather impressive guided tour of Paris.
Amsterdam is also one of the cities that have received an improvement in its photogrammetry with Brussels. Of course, Microsoft Azure cloud technology is still used to procedurally generate the game map (via artificial intelligence). Funny little statistic given by Asobo Studio: if the map of the game (the entire Earth at 1: 1 scale) was not generated by the Cloud, it would take more than 1.7 million DVDs to make it fit in its entirety in the game. Completely crazy.
Asobo Studio was able to access IGN data (the benchmark public operator for geographic and forest information) in order to have much more precise figures to improve relief (as in Mont-Blanc). Many airports have been redesigned even more precisely, such as Nice, Rotterdam or Megève. In total, it’s a hundred new points of interest that arrive in this update of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
© Asobo (screenshot during a presentation stream, quality not representative of the final rendering)[/caption]
Asobo Studio confirms that other “world” content is in preparation for the coming months. The studio is also actively working on the console version of the game which is still scheduled for release this summer, although at the moment they can’t tell us more. The France-Benelux update for Microsoft Flight Simulator is available from tonight.