Microsoft Flight Simulator’s latest video explains how the development team have recreated every airport in the entire world. Sven Mestas, Lead Game Designer from Asobo Studios, guides us through the process which includes recreating everything from taxiways to parking spaces.
Fans of airports will be pleased to know that eighty of them have been given special attention and an extra bit of polish, and a couple of really, really sexy airports have been treated with a level of attention that can only be usually gained if you start waving hundred dollar bills around a strip club. These airports have unique buildings and extra terraforming to make the simulation as close as possible to real life.
Microsoft recently released ten very short videos for the game which hop around globe, featuring different aircraft, different scenarios, and different times of day and of year. Flight Simulator is built off impressive new cloud-based technology, streaming data to your computer or console in real time, with AI used to extrapolate geometry from a blend of satellite and flyover imagery. Combine that with real time lighting effects and dynamic weather, and you’ve got a truly stunning looking game.
To get the sounds for the game Asobo captured the aircraft sounds in real life by working with the plane manufacturers and recording on-site. This included capturing the engine sounds as well as the acoustics of each individual cockpit. Audio has also been created for aircraft traffic and ground vehicles. The sound will also be affected by different forces and effects including the doppler effect occurring and aerodynamics having an impact too. The whole world has biome specific soundscapes too, with this alternating between night and day. Weather sounds will be dynamic including the rain and storms.
Stefan previewed Microsoft Flight Simulator and wrote:
Needless to say, I came away from Flight Simulator very impressed. The series evolved a great deal from its humble beginnings in the 80s through to Flight Simulator X in 2006, and that style of flight sim continued with games like X-Plane and Aerofly, but Flight Simulator is something else entirely with its worldwide scope. This is absolutely one to keep an eye on in 2020.