Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Released as Free Update

On Thursday, Microsoft released “Top Gun: Maverick Expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator.” This update is available for free to all players on Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, PC, and supported smartphones. It brings new missions and challenges to the game inspired by the stunts performed by the actual Top Gun pilots. This update was reportedly scheduled to arrive alongside Top Gun: Maverick in November 2021. However, the release of the film by Paramount Pictures was postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases at the time.

With Top Gun: Maverick Expansion, Microsoft Flight Simulator gets three Super Hornet training missions that will allow players to test their skills while attempting unrestricted takeoffs, S-split maneuvers, low altitude, and high-speed flights across complex terrain. There is also a new mission that will allow players to fly into the stratosphere, the second lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere.

This expansion adds five new challenges featuring high-speed, low-level flights over mountains and through canyons. It also comes with an aircraft carrier landing challenge. Furthermore, this expansion adds a new hypersonic aircraft to the game that can achieve speeds of up to Mach 10 and fly 150,000 feet above sea level. This free expansion also includes Top Gun: Maverick livery for the F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter plane.

As mentioned earlier, this update has been delayed due to the postponement of Top Gun: Maverick. The movie now arrives on Friday. It shows Tom Cruise reprising his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell more than two decades later. This movie is directed by Joseph Kosinski of Tron: Legacy fame.

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The Top Gun: Maverick Expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows Store and Steam for Xbox Series S/X and PC. Gamers on Xbox One, low-cost PCs, and supported smartphones can get this update via Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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