World Update 7 features a handcrafted… Batman Bridge?

A plane over Australia in a Microsoft Flight Simulator: World Update 7 screenshot.

World Update 7 has landed in Microsoft Flight Simulator, persevering with efforts to fancy up the globe with more-detailed terrain and handcrafted fashions for landmarks. This time Australia will get the polish, with scanned photogrammetry replacements for 11 cities, handcrafted fashions for 94 landmarks and factors of curiosity, and new native missions. It seems to be fairly! Check out the trailer beneath.

The basis of the Australian refresh is underlying terrain, with new elevation knowledge, aerial imagery, and some tweaks to water edges. Then, downloading the non-compulsory world update provides you with 11 cities, 4 handcrafted airports, 94 handcrafted factors of curiosity, 5 “Bush Trips”, 5 touchdown challenges, and 6 “Discovery Flights”.

I’m glad to see a fancier Australia as a result of, although it is 9000 miles away, it is a nation I really feel weirdly near. Even Australians are sometimes shocked to learn the way a lot of their popular culture unfold to the UK. I grew up watching Neighbours, Heartbreak High, Pugwall, and Round The Twist (and would skip channels when Water Rats, Prisoner: Cell Block H, or Home & Away got here on). This meant we’re additionally primed for Australian pop music from TV stars, like Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, Jason Donovan, Dannii Minogue, and Holly Valance. A bizarre lingering feeling of connection to a spot I seemingly won’t ever go to.

See the v1.22.2.0 patch notes for lists of all the brand new and polished locations.

Yes, Batman Bridge is an actual place however no, its namesake shouldn’t be who you would possibly hope. The Tasmanian bridge is called after John Batman, a founding father of Melbourne, which he had initially named Batmania. It’s certainly one of a number of locations nonetheless bearing his identify, although these are dwindling lately in recognition of his position in massacring Aboriginal Tasmanians within the early nineteenth century. A standard expertise with locations colonised by Britain: even trying up a humorous identify leads you to find one thing dreadful.

Celebrating the launch, a load of third-party Australian add-ons are discounted on the sport’s Marketplace proper now.

MS Flight Sim will add DLSS assist later this 12 months for that zippy Nvidia upscaling.