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The Drone Racing League Simulator (2017) is a simulation game where you build and race drones. Developed by the official Drone Racing League (DRL), it offers incredibly realistic physics, weather, flight controls, and drone creation. It takes a lot of learning to master, but offers a great way to learn how to build and fly competitive drones in real life.

You create drones using a multitude of different parts, all of which affect your drone's weight and manoeuvrability. You can then choose to race against other players or AI opponents in various locations and weather conditions (which affect how well your drone flies), or simply fly about and get to grips with how your drone controls.

Learning how to move your drone well, and what parts work best, takes hours of time and commitment, as the game is designed to mirror real drone flying and racing as closely as possible. You can use a console controller or, for the most true-to-life recreation, a real drone controller via a USB connection.

The result is an experience that's less a game and more a virtualisation of real drone racing that's so accurate you could learn how to fly them in real life. That said, there's still plenty of fun to be had improving your skills, racing against other players, and experimenting with ambitious drone designs.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Drone Racing League Simulator 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Race and Simulation game with Creative and Sports elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game. You can compete against other players in races or watch other players' fastest times around different circuits to learn the best strategies.

Cross-Play: Play across all platforms.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 100 hours to complete. There's a very steep learning curve to get to grips with the basics, but once you understand the nuances of the controls and physics you can spend countless hours improving and refining your skills and racing against other players.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a complicated game that's designed more for realistic drone flight than simple fun, requiring mastery of complex controls and a deep understanding of how each part of your drone affects its physics and movement.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


The Drone Racing League Simulator usually costs £7.19 to £7.99.

The Drone Racing League Simulator

Steam Store PC £7.19
Steam Store Mac £7.19
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/06/2017, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (6 online)

Genres: Action, Race, Simulation (Creative and Sports)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Developer: Drone Race League (@DroneRaceLeague)

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