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Published on January 4th, 2012 | by Dan


Microsoft Flight Simulator Reboot will be Free

Microsoft is rebooting their legendary flight simulator series this year as Microsoft Flight and it will be free-to-play. It should look amazing and, if the old games are something to go by, be as realistic as possible. The old games could actually earn you some credits towards a pilot license and were accredited to do so. Middle-aged men with a lot of money built the first multi-monitor setups and spent thousands on peripherals just to play this game.

It will have DLC and other purchasable add-ons as Microsoft explains here:

After downloading Microsoft Flight for free, players can jump into hours of exciting gameplay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In addition, players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account automatically receive additional free content, including the legendary Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile. Those looking to deepen their experience can purchase and download additional content that adds new aircraft, regions and customization options. The frequently released new content for “Microsoft Flight” includes daily aerocache challenges and updates that make every flight unique and fun.

Sounds like the main drawback is that Games for Windows will be involved, causing you to navigate through 30-40 windows before playing. The full pay model hasn’t yet been fleshed out, so let’s hope it is more Team Fortress 2 style and we don’t get ripped off with $15 DLC. The control scheme and depth are unknown, but I feel that Microsoft will stay faithful to what made the original great. If you want to fly, this would be the game for you.

Sign up for beta here.

Watch the trailer: 

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5 Responses to Microsoft Flight Simulator Reboot will be Free

  1. DavidTorrelio says:

    Microsoft Flight Sim got me to where I am today. Shamefully or not, it’s as realistic as it gets without having a FAA approved Level D Full Motion Simulator in your garage.(if you can afford one let me know i could always use some money) The instrument layout, the operations of controls, and the environment are as close as possible. I had a joystick with simulated feel which never felt quite right so i always stuck with the keyboard. It’s definitely a great tool for anyone one looking to get their instrument rating. It can give a great overall experience, sure as hell fun to crank up the winds to 200 kts and hover above the ground in a 777. I might actually try to download it just to see, hope this laptop can handle.

    Keep up the awesome job Dan!

  2. Dan nipnops says:

    I’m definitely going to play it.

  3. ASoggySandal says:

    I’m actually excited for this… I’m supposed to be taking my PPL theory exams this summer. Then I’ll get to do some real flying, so this sort of thing would be some good practice.

  4. toanjo says:

    We need this in Frostbite 2.0

    • Stefan says:

      my thoughts exactly

      Although it already looks a lot better than flight sim x it’s still nowhere near jizz enducing grapics. it looks very static and unnatural, like fake boobs.
      let’s hope for some crazy russian mod that makes it look sweet as balls and also change every building into giant, veiny, throbbing ejaculating members



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