Microsoft Flight Beta invites go out to users

Today, Microsoft announced that their highly anticipated re-entry into the flight simulator market -- Microsoft Flight -- will be a "freemium" game, in which it's free to play but some additional content can be purchased. They also announced that it'll be available in the Spring of 2012.

It now appears the company has begun sending out invitations to the private beta of the game, but it appears they're being highly secretive about it. The screenshots sent to us show that the terms and conditions state that you won't leave the game unattended, nor will you play it when others are in the room. Harsh.

More as we hear it, hopefully with screenshots of actual gameplay.

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Hmm this would be interesting to setup a flight simulation chair, joystick and a comp just for this in say a constructed box and stuff for some fun... hmm *thinks blue prints and planning*

"DO NOT forward or discuss this e-mail with anyone"

And then you put a watermarked screenshot of that entire e-mail in your article. Does Neowin enjoy living on the edge or something?

As for actual gameplay and screenshots, I'm pretty sure the video in the previous (linked) article on this showed actual gameplay. No screenshots, but it's telling of the graphics. And they look much like the level of Flight Simulator X to me. Detailed surface and building textures, plane models, etc.

KingCrimson said,
Remember the late 80s when Microsoft was cool with "Flight Simulator"?

Yup, I still have that game in my storage.

KingCrimson said,
Remember the late 80s when Microsoft was cool with "Flight Simulator"?

I remember it being pretty much the only flight simulator.

There was another one called something like Red Baron that I'm pretty sure I toyed with at one point, but everything came back to MS's offering. It's been a dead genre for such a long time.

Considering how many genres have died from production cost alone (there was always a market for them), it's nice to see a strong franchise getting some love again.

Now if only adventure games could get some love--and none of that Thief-inspired stealth and combat crap.

/I think we've lost something from the days of rapidly accelerating hardware capabilities. When 3D was still growing by leaps and bounds, there was something magical about just having the freedom to explore and feel immersed. When CD-ROM was just getting its footing, high-color high-resolution hand-painted graphics were an eyegasm and fun just to scroll through. Now it's all old hat and buried under mountains of gameplay mechanics.

Edited by Joshie, Jan 5 2012, 9:51am :

Joshie said,

I remember it being pretty much the only flight simulator.

There was another one called something like Red Baron that I'm pretty sure I toyed with at one point, but everything came back to MS's offering. It's been a dead genre for such a long time.


Don't forget the great IL-2 Sturmovik!

Here's a screenshot from the latest incarnation - Cliffs of Dover.

http://www.tothegame.com/res/g...011-01-20/screen3_large.jpg

It was released... in 2011.

nekrosoft13 said,
number 3, you can't describe the alpha software, but everyone can talk about beta

Well thats a bit of an oversight!

Open Minded said,
MS did make some of the best for a long while. Really looking forward to this. A LOT!

X-Plane 10 is much better!

Raa said,
Lol@Someone breaking the rules and posting them online.

Indeed, and Neowin feeling the need to take ownership of the screenshots by slapping a watermark on them. They can hardly claim they didn't leak them now.

warwagon said,
A friend can't even watch me play? LOL

Boringly standard NDA stuff you'd find from any company anywhere, ever.