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Remember back when it was confirmed that the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 would feature every airport on Earth? Well, we've got good news and bad news. The good news is that the upcoming aviation sim will fulfill that promise. The bad news? The enhanced versions of major airports like Heathrow will be locked behind the premium edition of the game.
Developer Asobo explained some time ago that the airports in the game essentially fell into different categories, in terms of detail. 37,000 airports have been manually edited by the studio. Of those 37,000, 80 of the busiest airports on the planet have been given extra attention to detail. Things like surface definition, and more detailed signs dotted around the airport.
There was also talk of a "top level category" which essentially promised to deliver yet-more detailed versions of some of the most "iconic" airports in the world. These enhanced locations have been given unique buildings, props and terrain, and will look pretty much just like their real-life counterparts.
What we weren't aware of at the time was that many of these enhanced airports would be hidden behind various editions of the game. In an announcement, Microsoft shared a chart explaining which editions of the game gets which airports. You know, because we all love it when a publisher has to pull out a chart to explain its approach to content.
There are three versions of the game. The Standard Edition is £59.99, and comes with 30 enhanced airports. This is also the version of the game you'll get with Xbox Game Pass. The Deluxe Edition is £79.99, and comes with an extra five enhanced airports for a total of 35.
Finally, the eye-watering Premium Deluxe Edition is £109.99, and boasts a total of 40 enhanced airports. If you want to see a perfect recreation of Heathrow, this is the version for you. I should also point out that the Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions come with other extras, such as extra planes and unique flight models.
Take a look at the full chart below to see if your favourite airport is in the version you want to buy. Also maybe have a word with yourself about having a favourite airport.
Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that the hotly anticipated title will come to PC on August 18th. It's available to pre-order now via Windows 10, or you can pre-install it with Xbox Game Pass for PC. I'll leave it up to you if you want to spend over £100 on seeing Heathrow.
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