Microsoft Flight Simulator has teased a partnership with the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network, or VATSIM (opens in new tab), for the release of the upcoming new edition of the simulator (opens in new tab) on August 18. VATSIM is a long-standing institution in the flight simulation community, a nonprofit organization that provides a network where users either fly as pilots or direct air traffic as controllers to produce a simulation of real-world air traffic. VATSIM has confirmed (opens in new tab) that their network will be compatible with Flight Simulator at launch.
The teaser is composed of beautiful panorama shots of planes alongside detailed radar screens as crackling radio chatter from those planes and air traffic controllers plays over the music. It's more of the beautiful views you're used to seeing from this game. Speaking of which, you can already preinstall Flight Simulator, and you can get it via Xbox Game Pass.
You can learn more about VATSIM on their website (opens in new tab). If you're interested, learning how VATSIM works is a process that you can start well before Flight Simulator (opens in new tab) releases on August 18th. For more on the new Flight Simulator, you can check out everything we know about it. (opens in new tab)