Microsoft Flight Simulator returns, heading to Steam on December 18

Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most enduring titles in PC gaming, despite being axed back in 2009. Eighteen months after facing the chop, Microsoft resurrected the genre with a new free-to-play game called 'Flight', which launched in February 2012. Months later, it too was binned, due to a lack of consumer interest.

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But in July of this year, Microsoft licensed the rights for the Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games - a development house with experience in the field, thanks to its work on the popular Train Simulator series - and the first product from that deal will go on sale on December 18.

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Designed for Windows 8.1, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition features over 20 aircraft, 80 missions, 24,000 airports, and an updated multiplayer mode. It comes with both Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack, and Dovetail says that it will go on sale for a "spectacular introductory price".

Dovetail said in July that it was "investigating new concepts [for the gaming series]... and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015", following the rollout of the new Steam Edition pack later this month. The company reiterated today that it is "working on its own original titles based on Microsoft's flight technology", and said that it will also offer new add-on packs for the Steam Edition release next year.

Source: Dovetail Games

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