MS Flight to launch as free-to-play this spring

Microsoft is relaunching its long-running Flight Simulator series this year as a free-play game entitled Microsoft Flight. The company boasts that the game's been “reconceived from the ground up," which is pretty impressive when you consider how these are games all about getting as far above the ground as possible.

The rebooted Flight's free-play portion will center around a detailed model of Hawaii's Big Island, fitted out with missions, challenges and hidden content for players to seek out. Further areas will be available for purchase. Microsoft promises the sim will deliver “a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks.” The company also offers detailed interior/exterior models for a range of craft, again determined by how much players are willing to shell out for extra airplanes and customization extras.

While the game's set to feature in a playable demo at the Las Vegas CES later this month, Flight's website also offers in-game webisodes from the development team and the opportunity to sign up for the closed beta that will precede the game's Spring launch.


  • DannyMB - January 5, 2012 4:01 a.m.

    Sounds like a very fancy version of Pilotwings. Id rather have a reboot of Combat Flight Simulator, that was a brilliant game.
  • BIGMercenary - January 4, 2012 7:12 p.m.

    It might not be a real game, but you have to admit that it looks good.
  • DevonOO7 - January 4, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Cool trailer, I've been to some of those places in Hawaii. I wish this game wasn't free to play. I imagine they will charge too much and I would rather just pay $50 and have all of the content.

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