Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets Competitive Multiplayer This Fall

Microsoft Flight Simulator

A new racing mode was announced for Microsoft Flight Simulator at today’s Xbox Gamescom 2021 stream.

Coming this fall, the competitive multiplayer mode dubbed Reno Air Races will bring the STIHL National Championship Air Races into the flight sim. The update marks the first major expansion to the game and will also introduce iconic planes made for racing.

The Reno Air Races expansion launches this fall. You can watch the teaser trailer above.

The announcement comes alongside details for World Update 6, improving the fidelity of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. While the regions get a general facelift with higher-res maps and 3D cities, scenic landmarks such as Neuschwanstein Castle will receive special attention when the free update releases Sep. 7.

World Update 6 will also introduce Local Legends, a DLC program that adds historical planes from around the world digitally recreated down to the millimeter through the help of museums and archival aid. The Junkers JU-52 from Germany will be the inaugural plane in the new hangar.