The sky's the limit as Microsoft Flight Simulator returns!

One of the most enduring titles of PC gaming came to an end in 2009, as Microsoft shut down the studio responsible for development of the Flight Simulator series. However, 18 months later, the company announced that it was destined to live again as a free-to-play game with a new name - Microsoft Flight - which eventually launched in February 2012

Sadly, just months after in July 2012, Flight was grounded and its development team disbanded. But now, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been cleared for take-off once more, as the company has signed a global licensing deal for its development, which will soon see the game sold on Steam for the first time. 


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Dovetail Games has licensed the rights to the Flight Simulator series from Microsoft, and says that it is "currently investigating new concepts... and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015." Before then, Dovetail will bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition to Valve's Steam platform later this year. Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will include both the Deluxe Edition release and the Acceleration Expansion Pack. 

Dovetail already has experience in simulations through the popular Train Simulator series, and Microsoft's Kevin Perry said that the development house "is the obvious choice for us to work with. We respect their approach in terms of delivering premium quality simulation games and look forward to seeing their vision of the next chapter in flight simulations unfold." 

He added that Dovetail has "repeatedly demonstrated the ability to launch simulation products successfully via online platforms" - which has no doubt been a crucial factor in the licensing arrangement, given the declining popularity of the Flight Simulator series in its latter incarnations. 

Source: Dovetail Games | Via: Venture Beat

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They should remove the Microsoft name in it. Because what people think about Microsoft Flight Simulator is : Microsoft -> not cool

Should have been renamed to Xbox Flight, or Xbox Flight Simulator, or just Flight Simulator would be nice. Just sayin

Alvin Nukman said,
They should remove the Microsoft name in it. Because what people think about Microsoft Flight Simulator is : Microsoft -> not cool

Should have been renamed to Xbox Flight, or Xbox Flight Simulator, or just Flight Simulator would be nice. Just sayin

People don't play flight simulator because it's "cool" either...

I wonder if we will be able to build our own airplanes and add them to the game... I never played the latest editions of FS so I donĀ“t know if it was possible in those...

Sounds interesting, but I'd be one of the last to Pay to Play Flight Sim if they go that route on Steam. I'd rather keep it on my PC and use Mulitplayer for free with some friends. They say they will bring FSX to Steam by end of year.. then something new possibly in 2015. We'll see..

which will soon see the game sold on Steam for the first time.

Soooo -- MS isn't even confident in their app store? LMAO! Maybe the new management at MS truly realizes that they need to get back to what they are good at -- writing operating systems for PCs. Leave the tablets / app store / phones to someone else.

My first experience was with Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0, on a Mac (circa 1991). I managed to work out the controls without a manual!

I've been playing FS since the first version on a x386. At the time the box had big books and tons of charts. Oh, and one floppy (I think) :-)
Good old days...

It's it Flight Simulator or that "arcade" game they put on Games for Windows live to replace Flight Simulator. They already dissolved the original team, I wonder if it will re-form or have some people from the original team.

Reviving old classics is good but that's not enough commitment from Microsoft for PC games. Kill the Xbone and make Windows the premiere and only gaming platform.

UXGaurav said,
Reviving old classics is good but that's not enough commitment from Microsoft for PC games. Kill the Xbone and make Windows the premiere and only gaming platform.

Wow, really? How much money do you think the Xbox division brings in to Microsoft, compared with their own games? The difference is probably a few orders of magnitude.

As for Flight Sim...great. But I'll be impressed when it integrates with the 3D Bing Maps.

Specially since this is not a commitment at all. This is far from an official announcement of a proper FS sequel. It could be Flight 2. It could be nothing. When it comes to PC gaming Ms talks a lot but deliver nothing. Like i said above i'll believe it when i see the final product running on my PC.

How about a really good combat flight sim (that's not a history lesson)? Something where dogfights are fast with slightly non-realistic arcade-style physics?

What aims were there in Flight Simulator X? Was one to get people from one place of the world to another? (Where's the excitement in that?)

I remember playing version 1 on my original IBMPC around 1982 or so. As I recall they were able to produce more colors than the color monitor could officially display using some software tricks. Very cutting edge at the time.

streetw0lf said,
I remember playing version 1 on my original IBMPC around 1982 or so. As I recall they were able to produce more colors than the color monitor could officially display using some software tricks. Very cutting edge at the time.

Yes. In fact the original Flight Simulator was seen as a benchmark test for IBM PC "clones". If the clone could run FS it was "PC compatible" otherwise, don't buy. This was because FS went around the OS and worked directly with the video hardware. Also, FS was one of the first pieces of software to be granted a patent.

Yesssssssss. Hopefully they improve upon the engine, and do something with it quicker than Lockheed Martin have done with P3D.

That's actually some awesome news even in spite of me not being heavily involved with FS for over a decade. Nice to see someone at Microsoft realized that while FS may never have been a major monster moneymaker, that doesn't mean it's not a project worth continuing.

Fingers crossed this is a return to form for the series. Please just use the bing maps data for the terrain textures

"Dovetail has already worked with Microsoft on its popular Train Simulator series"

1: I followed TS during it's development and never heard of them, unless it's Kuju renamed?

2: TS was popular? There was only one version actually released and a second cancelled fairly early in development!

Sorry, you're absolutely right - that was an error on my part. It hasn't worked with Microsoft on MS Train Simulator (which was, as you say, cancelled after one game), but Dovetail developed its own train simulator as part of the RailSimulator.com series. I've now amended that paragraph to begin: "Dovetail already has experience in simulations through the popular Train Simulator series..."

Thanks for pointing out my mistake! :)

It's kind of complicated. Kuju made a game called Rail Simulator to follow up on Train Simulator, but it didn't do too well and they disbanded the team who made it. The team then reformed independently as RailSimulator.com (yeah, that was their official company name) and continued to develop Rail Simulator, eventually renaming it RailWorks, and then back to Train Simulator. They only recently renamed themselves to the much better sounding Dovetail Games.

Anyone remember Space Simulator for MS-DOS? Think it was 3 floppies from memory.

Big bulky beige joystick with red buttons in hand!

Jared- said,

!! Yes! It ran great on my 486\DX2 66mhz :D!


I recall that game as well, yup it sure did run great