Releasing a trailer (which you can view above) along with the announcement, Microsoft Flight Simulator has showcased an upcoming “major expansion” that’ll bring into the game an eight-player racing mode based on the Stihl National Championship Air Races. Players will get to fly various World War II-era planes through objective points, whizzing through the sky to outpace their fellow pilots while avoiding collisions.
Aside from a competitive multiplayer mode, Microsoft will also be adding additional content and planes into the game’s upcoming update. A Local Legends series will introduce planes famous to specific regions — which to begin with will focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland and involve the Junkers JU-52 — while a new futuristic eVTOL will also join the simulator, coming in the form of Volocopter’s VoloCity air taxi.
All three updates will arrive from September through to November.
Elsewhere in gaming, here’s a recap of the rest of Xbox’s Gamescom 2021 event.