• Microsoft Flight Simulator Developer Interview

    Microsoft Flight Simulator

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Developer Interview

    (Jorg Neumann & Sebastian Wloch)

    Conducted by Dominic Smith

    A few days ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to two members of the Microsoft Flight Simulator team, Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Sebastian Wloch, CEO, Co-Founder, Asobo Studio.

    During our 40 minute interview, Jorg and Sebastian provided an incredible insight as to what we (the community) can expect to see in Microsoft's latest version of Flight Simulator.

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    Some of the areas touched upon were:

    • Lessons learned from previous versions, for example Microsoft Flight...
    • The freedom to fly to any part of the world...
    • Multiplayer usage...
    • Flight model improvements...
    • The new graphics engine...
    • The weather engine (this looks incredible)...
    • Regional ATC improvements...
    • Hardware requirements (always an important one)...
    • 3rd party content (payware and freeware), plus the tools required to make such content...
    • Streaming content and offline use...
    • Simulator updates...

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    At the end of the interview, and after seeing the incredibly realistic screen shots, I came away with a sense of excitement that I had not felt for quite some time. The passion and enthusiasm on offer from both Jorg and Sebastian was plain to see, and I for one can't wait until release day!

    Many thanks to Jim Reilly for arranging this interview, and also to Cristian Delgado for his invaluable help.

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    27 Comments
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      A great interview with a lot of information, this really has raised to bar for ALL current simulators.
      World-wide VFR!!
      Dimmable cockpit lighting
      3D cockpits (no2D)

      Far better aerodynanics & stall effects among others.

      Also exciting is that we are told that the sim will be an ongoing product (similar to Windows 10), with ongoing updates.

      Now the wait begins..
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      It really does sound promising! You mentioned the aerodynamics and ongoing product scheme, which reminded me a lot of how X-Plane works. They've been looking at the competition.
    1. heavylander's Avatar
      heavylander -
      Looks fantastic .... I hope the final product blows everybody away
    1. Alex Dickinson's Avatar
      Alex Dickinson -
      Can't wait until this comes out. Sounds great!!!
    1. otaviodoido's Avatar
      otaviodoido -
      Hi Jorg Neumann & Sebastian Wloch,

      First of all I am extremely excited about the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, I have loved FlightSim since the 2002 release and would like to thank you very much for your efforts, time and all the work you have done in creating this beautiful new version.
      I'm an amateur scenario developer and the big question we ask is what will future designers look like with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator?

      Seeing such beautiful images, is it possible for amateur developers like me to customize my own scenarios like these?

      In the interview you mentioned that will include the SDK, you can advance more information on scenario creation, many like me are counting the days to buy mine and be able to explore the possibilities of scenario development, could you tell us a little more about tools and techniques for scenario developers?

      wish you much success with the New Microsoft Flight Simulator !!!
      thank you guys!

      Otavio Bonomi,
      Brazil.
    1. SWM1968's Avatar
      SWM1968 -
      Great interview! Exciting times ahead!
    1. ifrfun's Avatar
      ifrfun -
      Great interview Dominic! Thank you all at Flightsim for giving us this window into the new product.

      This product will be the most advanced increment ever announced due to the new live wx dynamic PBR rendering engine, the aerodynamics flight modeling, and earth/sky realism taking full advantage of modern multi-gpu video capabilities like other rendering engines.

      Continued SDK support for developers is certainly key to ever expanding products so that is comforting to hear.

      Really looking forward to all it has to offer.

      Thanks again Flightsim and Dominic Smith for the interview. Great stuff!

      Milton Shupe
      Freeware Always
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Well said, Milton...
      I hope you are girding your loins, & getting your team together for this...
    1. LowTransition's Avatar
      LowTransition -
      Fascinating interview, Dom! Anticipation is high for this one, especially considering Xbox One compatibility.
    1. anaismith's Avatar
      anaismith -
      It will be interesting to see how Austin Meyer responds once this gets released. Competition is good for us all.
    1. Carob's Avatar
      Carob -
      How many Super Computers will it take to run this thing?
    1. flightsimg's Avatar
      flightsimg -
      Much appetizing! The sole question I have is about seasons. Read and heard other interviews and didn't get a neat answer: how seasons will be rendered in terms of how landscape will look? Yes, the weather is real-time or themed. But how will the date of the flight translate into the color of trees (fall, winter, spring, etc.), snow, freezing of water areas, etc ?
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      The force is strong with this one!
    1. kalizzi's Avatar
      kalizzi -
      Again no reference to the way it will be marketed? Monthly subscription of course?
    1. PaulMort's Avatar
      PaulMort -
      Great interview Dom. Will be very interesting to see if this is the future of Flight Sim or not.

      Regards Paul.
    1. loki's Avatar
      loki -
      Quote Originally Posted by kalizzi View Post
      Again no reference to the way it will be marketed? Monthly subscription of course?
      They have said no subscription required.
    1. lavochkin's Avatar
      lavochkin -
      Wait until it comes out on the market. Then lets see what everyone says. Should be interesting.
    1. Clipper707's Avatar
      Clipper707 -
      Excellent interview, the enthusiasm comes through as does the commitment to make this a truely leading simulator plus the desire to embrace the third-party community. Bring it on, can't wait!
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      This looks like an amazing product...I'm left wondering about flight controls hardware, medium on which it can be used, portability.
    1. kalizzi's Avatar
      kalizzi -
      Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
      They have said no subscription required.
      Then that is INDEED good news, if it is a one-off purchase.
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