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Eurogamer reports that the 2020 version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is scheduled to be released simultaneously worldwide for Windows 10 on August 18, will also be available in a packaged version that includes 10 DVDs for Europe. The packaged version will only be available for this European market. In North America and Asia, the downloadable version will only be available.
Flight Simulator 2020 is available in three editions, depending on the number of aircraft and airports to be included: the Standard edition includes 20 models and 30 airports, the Deluxe edition includes 25 models and 35 airports, and the Premium Deluxe edition includes 30 models and 40 airports.
The physical package version will be available in two versions: the Standard edition (70 Euros) and the Premium Deluxe edition (130 Euros). Both of these editions will be delivered in a package that unfolds like a folding screen with 10 DVDs (about 90 GB) and a manual booklet.
The physical package includes the program code itself and "optional downloadable streaming content, etc.", but does not include the content portion, which is generated on a case-by-case basis from object data, including 3D photogrammetry data from Bing Maps, according to the packaged version's distributor Aerosoft.
According to developer Asobo Studios, the content portion of the game is 2PB (petabytes) in size, and even if the game were to be offered on Blu-ray disc, it would require about 20,000 copies (Perhaps that's why 50 Mbps internet bandwidth is shown as "ideal" during Flight Simulator 2020's gameplay. And the storage requirement is 150GB).
Simply in terms of the number of physical media, we've seen some games and apps sold on dozens of floppy disks and CDs in the past. And while it's understandable that a BD would require less, it's not hard to understand the idea that if you're going to sell it in a physical package anyway, choose a DVD that can be used by more people.
However, if you have the PC specs recommended by the Microsoft Flight Simulator, it's unlikely that you can't get an extra BD drive...
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