Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Top Gun: Maverick Expansion released as free update

Microsoft on Thursday released Top Gun: Maverick Expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This update is available for free to all players on the Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, PC, and supported smartphones. It brings new missions and challenges to the game which are inspired by the stunts performed by real top gun pilots. This update was reportedly scheduled to arrive in November 2021 with Top Gun: Maverick. However, the film’s release was postponed by Paramount Pictures due to the rising COVID-19 cases at the time.

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

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

As mentioned earlier, this was the update late due to the postponement of Top Gun: Maverick, The film will now come on Friday. It features Tom Cruise reprising his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell after more than two decades. The film is being 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, the Windows Store and on 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.


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