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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 might just be the best-looking video game of all time. I think I've said this before? But with each new piece of information, screenshot, or scrap of footage that gets thrown our way, I become more convinced: this game is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life.
In this week's edition of Ewan Gets Unreasonably Excited Over Granular Details, we take a look at clouds. Seriously, the clouds in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2019 are ridiculous. I've seen my fair share of clouds in real life (not to brag), but these virtual fluffy white tufts of heaven are, without doubt, the best video game clouds around.
Look, I don't pretend to fully understand what Volumetric Clouds means, but the results speak for themselves. Just take a look at some footage of planes weaving in and out of the clouds below (thanks PC Gamer). Look at the way they move and cause condensation. Look at how you can actually see the rain pouring out the bottom of some of them. I'm in awe.
I can't. I just... can't deal with how pretty this game is. If you want to brush up on all the latest footage and images from the game's closed alpha, you can do so over on its website. On that, let's not forget that this footage is from an alpha. There's still work to be done on this game, meaning there's a chance this isn't even the game's final form, visually speaking.
Even beyond the clouds, there's a stunning level of detail and work that's clearly gone into this game so far. Environments, aircraft interiors, and exteriors, are all really something to look at. As someone who hates flying but still absolutely loves the view from high up in the air, I'm super excited to get my hands on this one.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 doesn't have a set release date just yet, but the current expectation is that it'll be available for Xbox One and PC by the end of the year. Based on everything we've seen and heard so far, this is shaping up to be the most detailed and accurate simulation game to date.
If you've had flights and holidays cancelled this year and want to scratch that travel itch, or even if you just want to soar through the air and gawp at clouds like me, this is definitely one to watch.
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