Xbox and Microsoft Flight Simulator are partnering with the upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick to give players a chance to be their own Mavericks through a new expansion to the well-received flying game.
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This free Top Gun: Maverick expansion isn’t exactly new, as the project was confirmed last year, but was eventually pushed back due to the film itself being delayed a full year before releasing now. The latest expansion to the game, aptly 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.
Check out a brief trailer for the expansion below:
The expansion contains 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 collaborations, 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 aircraft 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.
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Top Gun: Maverick is set in a world of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters, and explores the end of the era 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.