After a small delay, the third World Update has been released - Version 18.104.22.168. With this update, the UK and Ireland get loads of new points of interests as well as some handcrafted airports and some photogrammetry for several cities. As always, we'll quickly go over some things to keep in mind when updating the game regarding your addons. You can watch the YouTube launch trailer here.
IMPORTANT: As with any of the previous world updates, the overhauled UK & Ireland won't be turned on by default. If you want to use the overhaul, you have to "purchase" it (for free) via the in-game marketplace. After you have "purchased" and downloaded the content, you'll find it in your content manager where it will automatically be enabled.
Do I need to do anything with add-ons in the community folder?
Asobo notes that there are a couple of steps you should take after downloading the update:
- If you are using the manual cache feature, please make sure to delete it via the in-game menu and create an updated version as we performed some backend technical updates.
- Some packages in your community folder may not have been updated and, as a result, may have an unexpected impact on the title’s performance and behavior. Please move your community package(s) to another folder before relaunching the title if you suffer from stability issues or long loading times.
- After you download the newest update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, head to the Marketplace to download the free World Update.
You should be fine leaving your addons in your community folder. However, if you run into any issues when running the game, you might want to try removing your addons first to see if that has resolved the issues. Also keep in mind that any UK or Ireland scenery previously downloaded might conflict with the new update and scenery, so we'd recommend removing any UK/Ireland content at first and then adding them back in to see if there are conflicts.
What is the file size of the update?
The main app update is approximately 300 MB and the downloadable content in-game is approximately 22 GB. As always, the download size may vary depending on what version of the game you have purchased. The World Update III: UK & Ireland package in the marketplace is approximately 5 GB.
The forum post with these patch notes can be found here.