Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Top Gun: Maverick Expansion Out Now

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Xbox and Microsoft Flight Simulator are partnering with the upcoming movie Top Gun: Maverick to give gamers a chance to be their own Mavericks through a new expansion to the renowned flying game.

This free Top Gun: Maverick expansion isn’t exactly new, as the project was approved last year, but was eventually pushed back due to the movie itself being delayed a year before releasing now. The new expansion to the game, named Top Gun: Maverick Expansion, allows players to experience what it’s like for actual Top Gun pilots to develop some of the skills necessary for piloting a jet.

The expansion comes with a Maverick Edition livery for the F/A-18E Super Hornet vehicle, special training missions that will introduce players to the various radical flight maneuvers, five high-speed, low-level challenges through mountains and canyons, a special, never-before-seen hypersonic aircraft, and a mission that lets players soar up and through the stratosphere.

While Microsoft Flight Simulator is no stranger to partnerships, this is one of the few times that the game has branched outside of the aerospace world and partnered up with an entertainment product. Past partnerships have included one with Aerosoft to release a highly-complex fighter plane into the game. Xbox itself is also hosting a giveaway for a special, limited-edition Top Gun: Maverick Xbox Series S for the next three weeks as well.

Top Gun: Maverick is set in a world of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters, and explores the end of the generation of dogfighting. Maverick is now a flight instructor, who takes Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late partner Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, under his wing.


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