Last week, Microsoft Flight Simulator's first public SDK was made available, and a new Partnership Series update involving Bing Maps was unveiled alongside the first episode of the Around the World Tour. In today's development update, the list of items being addressed is not as diverse; however, release notes for the upcoming patch have been revealed.
The following components are to be addressed in the upcoming patch, with crashing and installing issues being specifically highlighted:
- STABILITY ISSUES
- The title will no longer crash when different input devices/peripherals are disconnected
- The title will no longer crash when the TBM 930 package is deleted
- INSTALLATION ISSUES
- The install process will no longer be blocked after a partial decompression of a package
- The install process will no longer be blocked when a local user account includes non-ASCII characters
- The install process will no longer be blocked after a failed connection to servers
- The install process will no longer display an empty onboarding screen under certain conditions
- The title will download a critical missing/deleted package to access the main menu even if the save data preference is set to offline (when an internet connection is available)
- CONTENT MANAGER
- The title will no longer automatically download packages that have been deleted through the content manager
- The content manager will no longer get stuck in an infinite loading state when checked offline
- The Creator name of the packages should now be properly updated
- Significant FPS drop when using Simconnect should no longer affect the experience
- The performance of the title has been improved when the Display name plate option is set to active
- The correct currency is now properly updated in the marketplace
To install this patch, users will simply have to close the game and then relaunch it.
As far as further deliverables for Microsoft Flight Simulator are concerned, the latest Feedback Snapshot iteration and an updated development roadmap are being prepared for a release in the following weeks. Version 8.01 for the former was made available a couple of weeks back, while the latter should showcase news on upcoming deliverables for September through November, as per previous updates.
The latest patch will be arriving to users within the next seven days, presumably lining up with next Thursday's development update - exactly a week from now. Before the game's release though, Alpha updates were regularly released one day before the regularly weekly news was unveiled, so users should keep an eye out for earlier availability as well.