COVID-19 delays news updates for MS Flight Simulator 2020

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Microsoft’s upcoming next-generation Flight Simulator has received a good chunk of steady news updates over the past few weeks. The team over at Asobo has been adamant about keeping the passionate fan community abreast of new details and taking them through the building process of the shiny new simulator. But, like a flight suffering maintenance issues or a bad day of weather, news updates surrounding Microsoft Flight Simulator is going to be delayed.

The team made the announcement via an official news update dated for March 5, 2020. In it, Asobo apologies “for the impact this decision has on our community.” Why was it made? Well, we can thank the outbreak of the COVID-10 (coronavirus) for that.

According to the aforementioned update, the development team has been asked to “focus on their health and well-being.” This has resulted in the regular updates being “scaled back over the next few weeks as we continue to monitor the situation.”

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Looking beyond the horizon

Of course, this isn’t good news. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, thankfully.

The developers have provided a list of what we can expect from the next Flight Simulator update. And, there’s certainly a lot of important tidbits that have been mentioned.

A timeline update will come that relates to pre-release Flight Simulator build testing. A new alpha build of the game is also going to be released for existing testers. If you haven’t gotten into the closed alpha yet, be ready for an update on the next round of alpha invitations. There will also be a preview to an update for the Feedback Snapshot (the gorgeous screengrabs you’ve been seeing), along with an update for the Partnership Series, Feature Discovery Series (behind-the-scenes documentaries) and SDK update. The team will also show a preview for the DR Roadmap update that includes April/May. Interestingly enough, it’s being teased that “this is going to be worth paying attention to”.

The last bit of good news is that the next episode of the Feature Discovery Series (#8) will still release on March 12, 2020, as planned. So, we’ll get our next look at Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 in a week’s time.

A.K Rahming
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