A third party development team is creating an F-15 Eagle add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator. DC designs lists a January release window on its website; YouTuber Obsidian Ant has already tried it and says it could be ready for consumers as early as Jan. 18. You can see his test flight embedded over and on YouTube.
The F-15 add-on comes with four variants of the legendary fourth generation tactical fighter jet, including the F-15C (air superiority), D (combat-ready trailer), E (Strike Eagle), and I (a variant of the Israel Defense Forces). While virtual pilots are able to select and load ordnance, it’s not clear if they are actually able to fire the weapons or release other types of payloads. Since the game doesn’t even show a crash animation, I wouldn’t be holding my breath.
While the F-15 is capable of Mach 2.5 (roughly 2,000 mph), developers of the add-on say so Microsoft Flight Simulator There is currently a barrier to prevent this from happening. Polygon reached out to Asobo Studio to find out more. Regardless, developers say there is nothing stopping players from achieving these speeds once this barrier is removed, but if my virtual reality experience is any indication – it was on an Intel Core i7 laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and 32 GB of RAM nausea – it is best only at high altitudes.
I mentioned how Microsoft Flight Simulator creates a very different kind of landscape in the air. It uses real-time weather data to simulate cloud formations and the results are simply breathtaking. In an F-15 you can explore the clouds much more effectively.
While Microsoft Flight Simulator On the way to Xbox Series X this summer, it’s still not clear how such third-party add-ons will get onto the new console. Obsidian Ant adds that this will not be a study-level simulation of what it is like to actually fly the fighter jet. Flight simulation fans will want to stay with platforms like this DCS World.