Adelaide gets overhaul in Microsoft Flight Simulator

written by Adam Thorn | March 23, 2021

An independent Australian developer has given Adelaide an overhaul in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The update from Orbx refreshes 90 city landmarks including the Port of Adelaide, the Oval and St Peter’s Cathedral.

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The business previously put the Harbour Bridge back in Sydney and refreshed Brisbane city centre.

“Take a trip over the famous wine regions and absorb all the beauty of Barossa Valley and the scenic McLaren Vale during the day,” said Orbx. “As the sun sets, watch as the night-lighting fills the metropolitan areas that stretch along the scenic coastlines.

“Escape the hustle of the city and fly low over the quaint St Vincent Gulf shoreline. South Australia’s first state heritage area is just one point of interest that has been included, with intricate detail to fully immerse yourself and discover the historic Port of Adelaide.”

You can view more screenshots on their website, and purchase the upgrade, here.

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Orbx made headlines in October last year when it released an upgrade that replaced 28,000 generic buildings in Sydney with more accurate versions – including the omitted Harbour Bridge.

The business is allowed to release the pack because Microsoft has allowed third-party developers permission to create and sell upgrades.

The original version of the game featured some cities that were poor imitations, due to designs being artificially recreated from Microsoft’s rival to Google Maps, Bing, rather than being built from scratch.

Last month, World of Aviation reported how the sim’s original creators have transformed the UK and Ireland.

The much anticipated third ‘World Update 3’ download, which is now available, includes recreated versions of more than 70 points of interest, along with five new “hand-crafted” airports.

The sim received gushing reviews from some of the world’s most prestigious computer game websites and newspapers after its release in August 2020.

Eurogamer rated the new version ‘Essential’ and said it was a “technical marvel” that demonstrated the “joys of flight”; IGN said it had “never seen anything close to this level of accuracy in a flight simulation before”; while The Guardian gave it five stars and said it “captures the wonder of flight, and the spiritual and emotional rush of seeing the world in a different way”.

Previously, Microsoft confirmed to Australian Aviation that the game allows players to take off and land at 613 airports in Australia and 37,000 globally.

Players can fly around this world in up to 30 aircraft ranging from the A320neo to a Cessna 152 and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. All feature accurate cockpits with realistic controls and instrumentation.

The sim comes in three versions, ranging from US$60–US$120, with the Deluxe and Premium editions including more planes and airports.

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