Flight Simulator World Update 4 out now – France, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg landmarks feature

The huge World Update 4 for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released today, revamping the world maps across a large part of Western Europe to more accurately represent France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The update is available now for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Steam, the Microsoft Store and via Xbox Game Pass.

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Following the tick-tock pattern to Asobo’s update roadmap – the March Sim Update 3 featured changes to the underlying the simulation – the free update for the game adds 109 landmarks through these four countries, three new handcrafted airports with photogrammetry for a bunch more, as well as photogrammetry updates for Paris and Amsterdam. There’s also three new activities: a Landing Challenge at La Salette and a Bush Trip in the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Here’s all of the new POIs:

POINTS OF INTEREST
Abbey Church of Saint-Savin France
Amiens Cathedral France
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière France
Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette France
Basilica of the Sacred Heart Belgium
Bourges Cathedral France
Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp Belgium
Chartres Cathedral France
Church of Our Lady Bruges Belgium
Notre-Dame de la Garde France
Notre-Dame de Paris France
Oude Kerk Amsterdam Netherlands
Reims Cathedral France
Strasbourg Cathedral France
Tournai Cathedral Belgium
Vézelay Abbey France
Erasmus Bridge Netherlands
Pont de Normandie France
Pont de Wandre Belgium
Python Bridge Netherlands
Saint-Nazaire Bridge France
Afsluitdijk (Dam) Netherlands
Arc de Triomphe France
Arles Monuments (multiple) France
Avenue des Champs-Élysées France
Belfry of Bruges Belgium
Cairn of Barnenez France
Canadian National Vimy Memorial France
Carcassonne France
Caserne Loubere + Lighthouse French Guiana
Château de Chenonceau France
Château de Costaérès France
Château de Pierrefonds France
Château de Quéribus France
Château de Vaux le Vicomte France
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg France
Citadel of Lille France
Citadel of Namur Belgium
Cordouan Lighthouse France
Douaumont Ossuary France
Dreyfus Tower French Guiana
Dune of Pilat France
Etretat Chalk Complex France
Fort Boyard France
Fort Napoléon des Saintes Guadelupe
Grande Arche de la Defense France
Houtribdijk (Dam) Netherlands
Ile Vierge France
La Cavelle Lighthouse Martinique
La Jument France
Maine-Montparnasse Tower France
Maasvlakte Light Netherlands
Millau Viaduct France
Mont Aiguille France
Mudam Luxembourg
Musée Draï Eechelen Luxembourg
Museum aan de Stroom (Antwerp) Belgium
Palace of Fontainebleau France
Palais de Justice Antwerp Belgium
Palais des Festivals France
Palais des Paper France
Panorama of the Battle Waterloo Belgium
Panthéon France
Perret Tower France
Phare d’Eckmühl France
Phare de Gatteville France
Phare du Cap Ferret France
Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory France
Place de la Concorde France
Place Stanislas France
Planier Light France
Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse Sainte Pierre
Provinciaal Hof Belgium
Rham-Plateau (multiple things!) Luxembourg
Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) Netherlands
Roches-Douvres Light France
Royal Palace (Amsterdam) Netherlands
Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans France
Vianden Castle Luxembourg
Windmills at Kinderdijk Netherlands
Allianz Riviera France
d’Coque Sport Center Luxembourg
De Grolsch Veste Netherlands
Johan Cruyff Arena Netherlands
King Baudouin Stadum Belgium
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux France
Parc de Princes France
Parc Olympique Lyonnais France
Philips Stadion Netherlands
Stade de France France
Stade de la Beaujoire France
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard France
Stade Jean-Bouin France
Stade Pieree-Mauroy France
Stade Vélodrome France
Stadium de Toulouse France
Adolphe Bridge Luxembourg
Palais de Justice- Brussels Belgium
CNIT France
Framatome France
Society General Complex France
Tour First France
Tour D2 France
Coeur Defense France
Engie France
Tour Majunga France
Tour Total France
Tour Carpe Diem France
metallic tower of fourvière France

 

HANDCRAFTED AIRPORTS
  • Megève Airport (LFHM)
  • Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN)
  • Rotterdam The Hague Airport (EHRD)
PHOTOGRAMMETRY
  • Paris and Amsterdam
  • Visual and logical improvements for 100 additional airports

This comes alongside patch 1.15.7.0 which does the following:

Microsoft Flight Simulator version 1.15.7.0 patch notes

WORLD

  • Fixed reduction of tree display distance that was caused by smaller tree sizes
  • Water mask has been updated with latest locations

UI

  • Localization has been added for Japanese and Dutch
  • Incorrect fuel weight calculation when switching planes in the “Weight and Balance” screen has been fixed

PLANES

  • S7 Airbus A320neo livery has been added
  • KLM Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner livery has been added
  • Fixed screens not turning on under rare circumstances
  • Fixed black screens for various Aviat Pitts Special S2S liveries
  • Fixed altitude and standard altitude calculations to fix the altimeter behavior (Now correctly calculates altitude based on altimeter pressure setting and outside pressure)
  • Updated Diamond DA40NG speed, ground roll and fuel consumption

INPUT:

  • Honeycomb device 10 degrees heading issue has been fixed

ACTIVITIES

  • Fix sim rate speed change according to the various activity types
  • Autopilot has been fixed in the second tutorial

SDK/DEVMODE

GENERAL:
  • Added a new feature on the DevMode toolbar to let you know when a new release is available for download. It also includes the release notes for this update and the previous ones
  • Improved the DevMode font, which could be blurry on some screens
  • Added an Airport Creation Wizard to ease the creation of new airports
  • New option to flag if a package is designed for Xbox and/or PC. This is mainly in preparation for some transparent changes in the back-end and shouldn’t affect your current work. Simply select this option if you consider releasing your content on Xbox via the in-game marketplace in the future.
DOCUMENTATION:
  • Massive update to the Scenery Editor documentation
  • Added External Installer Sample
  • Added a page about VR for cockpits
  • Added liveries sample
  • Split « Documentation » tab in 2 links, « Open local » which is downloaded with the SDK update or « Open online » which redirects to docs.flightsimulator.com
SCENERY EDITOR:
  • Fixed a bug on TaxiwaySign properties to prevent from typing invalid characters
  • Removed inactive options: Cast shadow & No Snow
  • Fixed a crash when using Importer from AP
  • Fixed a bug that didn’t show object test radius when selected
  • Fixed a bug on taxiway lines that were no longer displayed
  • Fixed a buffer overflow on Display Name
  • Fixed a crash when exiting « one-click placing » with Properties window visible
  • Added a button to remove material from polygons
  • Implemented the Delete Key as a way to delete individual points on polygons-based objects (painted lines, apron, polygons…)
AIRCRAFT EDITOR:
  • The Initial Zoom value in the Camera tab is now capped to 20
WEBASSEMBLY:
  • Fixed execute_calculator_code proxy and added more security to it
SIMCONNECT:
  • Exposed ROTATION_ACCELERATION_BODY_X/Y/Z Simvars

KNOWN ISSUE

  • The cockpit screens can end up in an unresponsive state if the RTC finishes and proceed into flight. Please make sure to click the Fly Now button before the RTC ends. (RTC = Real-Time Cinematic)

It’s another major update for the game, and it’s worth remembering that this is all going to be featured in Microsoft Flight Simulator when it debuts on Xbox Series X|S this summer. Though previously expected for Xbox One, this has not been announced at this time, with the demands of the game engine rather high on PC, let alone a 7 year old console!

Source: Flight Simulator

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