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
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.
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
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.