Fly ‘Dune’s Ornithopter in ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’

The 'Dune' expansion launches on PC and Xbox in November 2023.

Today, during the Xbox Games Showcase, publisher Xbox Game Studios and developer Asobo Studios announced an official Dune expansion to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The announce trailer features a lifelike House Atreides ornithopter flying across the deserts of Arrakis. Microsoft Flight Simulator – Dune Expansion takes off on November 3, 2023—same day that the Dune: Part Two movie premieres in domestic theaters.

The video game’s creators partnered with Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment to bring an authentic Dune experience—realizing the already iconic design of the ornithopters from Villeneuve’s movie—into their long-running flight simulator series. Players will learn to pilot the sophisticated aircraft and soar over the film’s majestic landscapes.

The developers described Microsoft Flight Simulator – Dune Expansion and their licensing partnership as follows:

We worked closely with the team at Legendary, Warner Bros., and a key member of the Dune design team to create an incredibly detailed Atreides Ornithopter. Every system and control of the cockpit has been authentically recreated and the unique aspects of the flight model have been captured. Master the complex controls of one of the most dynamic aircrafts ever conceived, as you pilot your ornithopter through awe-inspiring locations across the mysterious desert planet of Arrakis.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition is available now on both Xbox Series X|S and PC, the latter via Steam or Microsoft Store. The Dune expansion will be included, from day of launch, for Game Pass subscribers. This content will also be accessible through Xbox Cloud Gaming on the Xbox One and other supported devices.