The Top Gun: Maverick DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been delayed. Developed in partnership with Paramount Pictures, the themed planes and content will be held back to release alongside the film, which was recently shifted back to 27th May 2022.
Asobo Studio published a brief message to explain the situation:
Paramount Pictures recently shifted the release date of Top Gun: Maverick to Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 2022. As we have previously announced, the Top Gun: Maverick expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Game Pass will be released alongside the movie. We look forward to sharing more information in the future.
It shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that this is the case. The movie tie in will obvious work best and have the biggest mutual benefit if it launches around the time of the movie, but where video games have thrived over the last year and a half of lockdowns and pandemics, film releases have not as cinemas around the world have shut down for long periods and then only opened with limited capacities.
Paramount has decided that, where other studios are happy to do a mixed theatrical and home streaming release, they need to launch their film in as many theatres as possible to make back the money on the big budget sequel. Especially with the Covid-19 Delta variant prevalent through many parts of the US, they couldn’t bank on that happening this year.
Here’s the DLC’s announcement trailer:
So the delay has hit one of the big Flight Simulator announcements made at E3 2021 – the other being the release of the game for Xbox Series X|S – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for Flight Sim fans to look forward to. Far from it. Next week on 7th September, World Update VI will launch with a focus on updating Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the game. There will also be two new “local legends” added to the game, the Junkers JU-52 and futuristic Volocopter.
Asobo has also announced that they’re adding competitive multiplayer to the game. The Reno Air Racing Association has been brought in to help recreate the StIhl national Championship Air Races within the simulation, which will allow players to actually race against their friends and other pilots when this update arrives later in 2021.
Asobo has been very busy through 2021, building up to the game’s release on Xbox Series X. We reviewed Flight Simulator on console, with great things to say:
“Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S is a remarkable achievement, and one which brings the flight simulator experience into your living room with emphatic effect. There’s no sense that this is a cut-back console port, but one that widens the genre’s influence into places it’s never conquered before.”
Source: Flight Simulator