Microsoft released the Top Gun: Maverick expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Thursday. This update is 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 real Top Gun pilots. According to reports, the update was originally scheduled to launch alongside Top Gun: Maverick in November 2021. However, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases at the time, the film’s release was delayed by Paramount Pictures.
With Top Gun: Maverick Expansion, Microsoft Flight Simulator gets three training missions for the Super Hornet, where players can test their skills as they attempt unlimited takeoffs, split-S maneuvers, and low-altitude, high-speed flights across complex terrain. There’s also a new mission that lets players fly into the stratosphere, the second-lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere.
This expansion adds five new challenges, including high-speed, low-altitude flight challenges over mountains and canyons. It also comes with carrier deck landing challenges. Additionally, the expansion pack adds a new hypersonic aircraft to the game, capable of reaching speeds of Mach 10 and flying at altitudes of 150,000 feet. This free expansion pack also includes the Top Gun: Maverick livery for the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
As mentioned, this update has been delayed due to the delay of Top Gun: Maverick. The film is now out Friday. It featured Tom Cruise reprising his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell after more than two decades. The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski of Tron: Legacy fame.
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Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is available on Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows Store, and Steam for Xbox Series S/X and PC. Players on Xbox One, low-end PCs, and supported smartphones can get this update through Xbox Cloud Gaming.