Microsoft Flight Simulator is back! Less the 'Simulator'

It’s been a day full of gaming news from Microsoft, but perhaps the most exciting – at least to your grandfather, or plane-obsessed uncle – was the announcement that marks the return of the longest running game franchise of all time. Yes folks, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is back, contrary to reports that it may have died when Microsoft closed down the studio responsible for updating it some time back.

 

Microsoft Flight's logo, as seen on the game's website.

Yet upon this release, Flight Simulator has a new name: Microsoft Flight. The game’s website claims that it was ‘inspired’ by the original Flight Simulator series that first launched in 1980 (on Apple’s II), with the last version (Flight Simulator X) being released in 2006.

 

Microsoft’s original “Flight Simulator”. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Details are scarce at the moment, and the website is live, but has limited information with the exception of a press release and a video. The game is set to appear on Games For Windows Live later this year.

Source: Liveside.net

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Very interesting, it is going to be on PC right?

Will be good to see the quality improvements, the removal of "Simulator" hopefully means it will be a bit more interesting and allow to just relax with a decent flight game.

Sweet. I like what they are doing with their franchises (probably with this one too) where they create the sim for hardcore but have a more accessible mode for others. Forza did a really good job with this in their last installment.

WV2MJR said,
Hopefully it will be coming to Steam.

ROFL

Games for windows Live! will become its own media distribution network. If they can't get it right, they will buy valve/steam.

Strawmouth Pete said,
...Microsoft publishing PC games?
this cannot be
Is that supposed to be some kind of sarcasm? I can't tell, because MS have continuously published PC games.

Kirkburn said,
Is that supposed to be some kind of sarcasm? I can't tell, because MS have continuously published PC games.

Publish, of course. They have the Games for Windows Live client. They have a few good items there, but still have a long way to go if they want to rival Steam.

I think the more surprising thing is they still develop PC games with 1st party affiliate studios. They haven't ported some of their obvious blockbuster titles (Fable 2, Halo 3). And the idea that there will be a new game for PC from Microsoft that isn't on Xbox is even more unusual these days. I've heard rumors Fable 3 will be ported, so we'll see.

Firethorne said,

Publish, of course. They have the Games for Windows Live client. They have a few good items there, but still have a long way to go if they want to rival Steam.

I think the more surprising thing is they still develop PC games with 1st party affiliate studios. They haven't ported some of their obvious blockbuster titles (Fable 2, Halo 3). And the idea that there will be a new game for PC from Microsoft that isn't on Xbox is even more unusual these days. I've heard rumors Fable 3 will be ported, so we'll see.

Bioshock?

Sounds great! I think I still have my joystick with feedback stacked somewhere, haha!

I purchased it just for Flight Sim X, back in the days.

I'm still mad that Midtown Madness 3 was never released for PC. I loved all those games though, Motocross Madness and Monster Truck Madness. It would be really nice to see them return.

Faisal Islam said,
i miss Midtown madness

Me too! My whole family had fun driving cars in different cities and trying to hit the pedestrians on the sidewalk (not an easy task).

Please release an Xbox 360 version...I've never been able to play any of the Flight Simulator games on their intended graphics smoothly.

TokyoKiller said,
Please release an Xbox 360 version...I've never been able to play any of the Flight Simulator games on their intended graphics smoothly.

No, we don't want consoles to water down the PC experience. Consoles would choke on a real flight simulator anyway.

But my reaction to this piece of news; HELL YEAH! Bring it on!

TokyoKiller said,
Please release an Xbox 360 version...I've never been able to play any of the Flight Simulator games on their intended graphics smoothly.

Hey if MS licensed it to Sony they could use the Move as the landing strip guys. xP

[/end sad joke]

Sethos said,

No, we don't want consoles to water down the PC experience. Consoles would choke on a real flight simulator anyway.

But my reaction to this piece of news; HELL YEAH! Bring it on!


Come on, with Kinect, you ARE the aeroplane. Doesn't get more real than that. Bonus points for providing your own engine noise.

virtorio said,

Come on, with Kinect, you ARE the aeroplane. Doesn't get more real than that. Bonus points for providing your own engine noise.

lol. that made me spit out my coffee.
yaaay new keyboard

Sethos said,

No, we don't want consoles to water down the PC experience. Consoles would choke on a real flight simulator anyway.

But my reaction to this piece of news; HELL YEAH! Bring it on!

why blame the consoles? blame the lazy game devs instead

TokyoKiller said,
Please release an Xbox 360 version...I've never been able to play any of the Flight Simulator games on their intended graphics smoothly.

If you think that this is because modern day Core I5/I7 PCs with the lastest Nvidia/ATI cards are in any way inferior than an 5 year old Xbox 360, then you seriously need an urgent brain operation.

XerXis said,
that is one ugly logo

Clean and simple. Fire up Photoshop and show us a better logo. I'm curious to see how it could look.

david said,

Clean and simple. Fire up Photoshop and show us a better logo. I'm curious to see how it could look.

seriously now? this has been made by profesionals... Everybody can judge whether something is good or bad even though he has no skills to reproduce something better...

david said,

Clean and simple. Fire up Photoshop and show us a better logo. I'm curious to see how it could look.


De gustibus non est disputandum

XerXis said,
that is one ugly logo
The version on the article (and webpage), or the one in the video? Both look reasonable to me, though it's not entirely clear that the reflection is of a globe. Looks kinda 'dirty' until you realise that.

XerXis said,
that is one ugly logo

i disagree, once you look carefully and see its a globe, the logo makes perfect sense.
i think it is very near, clean and professional. not ugly.

It will be interesting to see the achievements for this game, if they reward you for making successful flights or the not so successful but ever more entertaining 747 barrel-rolls.