Microsoft has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to PC next month on August 18th, and is now available for pre-order and pre-install via Xbox Game Pass. Nothing has been mentioned about a release date for the console version/s at the time of writing.

The game will feature live traffic, real-time weather and animals, highly detailed aircraft including accurate cockpits and realistic instrumentation, a new day and night engine, aerodynamic modelling and much more.

It's a far sooner take off than some might have expected, given that developer Asobo Studios only recently announced a closed beta for the game. It's available in Standard, Deluxe and Premium Editions (with varying levels of aircraft and airports) from the Microsoft Store, or you can simply pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) right now.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

Will you be taking off with Microsoft Flight Simulator in August? Let us know in the comments.