MSFS Development Update (04.02)

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team, have posted another development update informing of their progress thus far with the next World Update.

As indicated in previous posts, there has been some delays with this current update to the simulator. However, the developers now seem confident that they will be able to release the World Update on February 11th.

In the meantime the developers have shared some more screenshots of the forthcoming update. Those interested in the north of the UK will be glad to see Scotland well represented.

As expected, the developers have also posted their usual developer roadmap, feedback bug fixes, and feedback wish lists, which can be found below.

Third Party Update

From the many exciting 3rd party announcements and updates from last week, these stood out for us and has all of us buzzing:

  • Aerosoft’s announcement that the Airbus series is coming to the platform
  • The Stearman biplane announcement from DC Designs
  • The great T-45C Goshawk preview by Indiafoxtecho and
  • The hint that the SR-71 from Milviz might be coming to the platform!
  • We have a total of 110 approved payware partners (+5 from last week) and 156 products (+20 from last week) live in the in-sim store.
  • 594 products (+49) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 249 products (+3) from 3rd party developers are in production (129 announced, 120 unannounced). In total, over 843 3rd party add-ons (+50) are either released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 544 airports (+22) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 383 airports (+22) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
        • 12 airports (+19) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 59 airports (+1) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 102 airports (-1) are not announced, but the dev let us know that the airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 104 aircraft (+3) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 20 aircraft (+2) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
        • 9 aircraft (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 66 aircraft (+1) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 18 aircraft (+0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that the aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 182 sceneries (+25) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 178 sceneries (+23) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
        • 13 sceneries (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 4 sceneries (+1) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
  • Missions:
    • 13 missions (+1) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 13 missions (+1) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
        • 0 missions (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 missions (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.

SDK Update

  • DevMode:We fixed Jetway & Control Tower translation issues.
  • Children items of Projected Mesh and Control Tower can no longer be displayed on screen if their parent item is hidden.
  • FX in-game are coming soon: contrails and landing effect will be available for our aircraft in one of the next few updates. The editor is still being reviewed and improved.
  • We added customizable key shortcuts.
  • WebAssembly:The MouseAircraft left gauge has been reworked to provide clearer information.


Author: Ray

I have been an avid aviation enthusiast for about eight years since I first started using FSX. Apart from flying in the sims (now X-Plane 11 and MSFS) I enjoy reading about aviation through the many periodicals and books available. I live in South Yorkshire in the northern half of the UK.

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