Microsoft Flight Simulator 10-Disc Physical Release Might Be A Record
Microsoft Flight Simulator is rather big, and its newly announced physical release reflects that. A return to a franchise that’s been around since the start of Microsoft’s computing efforts, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the eleventh major game in the series, bringing the realistic depictions of planes and airports into the era of 4K gaming. Releasing first on PC this August 18th, many fans are already securing their copies digitally on Windows 10 and Steam. The result? A game requiring 10 DVDs and a lot of disc swapping during installation.
Yes, you read that right. 10 dual-layer DVDs which, in total, would hold an average of 100GB of data. That speaks volumes (slight pun intended) of how big the game will be. You don’t even have to guess because, fortunately, game developer Aerosoft breaks it down for us.
Developer Mathijs Kok reveals that there are four parts to the game. The mandatory code for the game itself is pretty small and the dozens of third-party and online content are pretty much optional. The bulk of the game, however, is mostly comprised of assets amounting to roughly 90GB. The Flight Simulator physical edition contains all of that (plus the small code, of course).
Is 10 discs a record for a video game? It might be. Roberta Williams’ 1995 point-and-click Phantasmagoria came on seven discs. 1998 point-and-click Black Dahlia came on eight discs. 2004 MMO EverQuest 2 came on nine discs (with one bonus disc included). I remember The Secret of Monkey Island 2 came on 11 floppy disks for the Amiga, but that was diskettes, not discs. Different ball game.
the retail version of Microsoft Flight Simulator contains the simulator code itself (which is relatively small in terms of data), and the virtual world it’s set in, which, according to Aerosoft, is around 90GB. There’s also “optional online streamed content”, and optional third-party files.
The DVDs in the box contain all of the game world apart from the updates Microsoft and developer Asobo release between the moment the discs are pressed and release. So, when you install, you’ll get an update from the server.
“… the boxed version makes it possible for people on a slower internet connection to get the sim installed without downloading the ‘content’,” Kok explained.
“So the simulator is in every way, 100 per cent the same. The boxed retail version just gets you a nice box, printed manual and about 90GB you do not have to download. There is no difference between boxed retail and the version MS sells directly.”
The standard edition costs €69.99, and the premium edition costs €129.99. Both come on 10 discs.
Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available on PC on August 18, 2020.