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Microsoft Flight release date pinned down

by Steven Williamson on 7 February 2012, 12:41

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Following a successful beta phase, Microsoft Flight will be available to download worldwide for free starting 29th February, 2012.

The free version of Microsoft Flight gives players the freedom to fly the skies over the volcanic island of a Hawaii in a variety of aircraft, completing a variety of missions, testing skills in flying challenges and finding hidden aero-caches.

In addition, the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, which includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, a new plane and 20 new missions, will be available to purchase from day one with more new content promised on a regular basis.

In Microsoft Flight we’re promised realistic foliage, terrain and landmarks designed on actual locations around the world, as well as region-specific weather patterns. All aircraft have been designed with accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures.



In addition to daily aerocache challenges and regular updates throughout the life cycle of its flight sim, Microsoft has confirmed that aviation fans will be able to fly the new ICON A5, a high-wing amphibious monoplane with a carbon fiber airframe and an automobile-inspired cockpit with space for two. Real-world production of the new plane, which has been designed by the aeronautical engineers behind the Voyager spaceship, begins later this year.

For further details check out the Microsoft Flight website.


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As a long-time Flight Simulator fan, I'd love to be excited about this, but I just fail to see who this game is marketed at.

Too realistic for the "make it crash!" casual gamers, yet too much of a game for Flight Simulator enthusiasts like myself - talk about a no-mans-land!

I suspect it will perform poorly, unfortunately.
Having tried the Beta, quickly came to the conclusion it was grossly dumbed-down and made for idiots. It even defaults to 3rd person view. Everything about it looks like a flying game rather than a flight sim. If it can't be modded or expanded it is doomed. I guess that will boost sales for the mac loving X-Plane creator. Flight sim fans will stick with FSX and the various expansions. The only thing I liked about the new game was the slight increase in texture detail (some of the textures, others were straight out of default FSX).
AlexKitch
As a long-time Flight Simulator fan, I'd love to be excited about this, but I just fail to see who this game is marketed at.

Too realistic for the "make it crash!" casual gamers, yet too much of a game for Flight Simulator enthusiasts like myself - talk about a no-mans-land!

Agreed, at least they didnt give 'Flight Simulator' a bad name and have put the franchise to one side.

One problem is the term Free. All these 'free to play' games are indeed free to play, but if you want to enjoy it and progress you will need to put some hard earned £££ towards it, otherwise you'll get small amounts of updates and very little progrssion.