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Microsoft Flight going free-to-play
Posted: 04.01.2012 16:44 by Comments: 21
The latest generation of the Flight Simulator series will be going free-to-play, according to a new announcement by Microsoft regarding their upcoming sim Microsoft Flight. The simulation will be released sometime in the Spring.

The game will be available as a freee download, which will include the main island of Hawaii and the ICON A5, a new real-life monoplane that has just gone into production for 2012. Players who sign in through Games for Windows Live will also get some more free content, including the Boeing Stearman, additional missions, and Achievements, along with daily flight challenges.

Of course, Microsoft Flight will also include premium DLC which will add new aircraft, regions and customization options.

A new teaser trailer was also released by Microsoft. Check it out in the video below.

Source: Cinemablend
Related games: Microsoft Flight (PC)
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Comments

By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jan 04, 2012
unsilviu
Yay...?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 04, 2012
herodotus
I'll be playing. Passed on "FS X" as "FS 2004" was enough for me, with all their free add-ons and mods.
Hopefully this will be like a combination of "FS" and it's one time competitor "Pro Pilot". There are just so many free flight sims on the market at present, "Just Flight" being a good one for beginners.
Cannot recommend the "FS" series highly enough, particularly if you are learning to fly for real. Helped me heaps.

I'm surprised that Hawaii and the ICON A5 are the first selectables, as New York with the C.172 has been the default start for "FS" way back to "Flight Simulator 5.0" when I first started playing.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 04, 2012
JonahFalcon
The ICON A5 is the newest consumer plane, so I'm sure some licensing was worked out.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 04, 2012
SirRoderick
I've never gotten into the flight sim thing. While you and your kind (that sounded derisive, it's not) were stuffing your head with endless acronyms, designations and abbreviations, I was adicted to strategy gaming and bringing my armies to bear on my enemies.

Although I can get some fun out of the more combat-oriented semi-arcade flight games.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 04, 2012
JonahFalcon
It's called "Microsoft Flight" and not "Microsoft Flight Simulator" for a reason.

This time, you can be as hardcore sim as you want, with reality turned up to max, etc - or you can play in an arcade mode in which you perform tricks, grab rings, etc.

So, you can go the hardcore sim route or the arcade fun route. It's up to you.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 04, 2012
SirRoderick
But there will not be P-51's I can shoot down for the glory of the Rising Sun. Nor will my Spitfire descend on the heads of most unfortunate Teutonic bombers.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 05, 2012
herodotus
That's just what I wax about to say, Roderick.
The arcade flier needs to "blow shit up", otherwise the brain shuts down and the dribbling on the chin starts.
When I first started gaming I loved, and still do, Flight Sims and Strategy games equally. I remember guys in stores arguing: "Blue sky, green earth...how can that be fun?". I guess FS's are an acquired taste, but they do require a lot of strategic thinking and planning a flight route is as time consuming and addictive as working out a good strategy. You just kill anything at the end of it, though.
First thing I always do in a new FS is crash my plane (same thing anyone does with any vehicle sim). Because of 09/11/01 this was removed from "FS 2004", much to my chagrin. I trust that is restored here.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2012
JonahFalcon
Anyway, it's free-to-play, and one plane and one area? That's how I played the original FS :D
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2012
SirRoderick
I'm sorry...they removed crashing planes from a realism-oriented flight sim?

O_o
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jan 05, 2012
unsilviu
Well, the fact that it's F2P is great, but that one propeller-engine plane doesn't look that attractive. I still remember flying across the English Channel instruments only in FSX as one of my greatest gaming achievments, I wonder if they'll keep the missions here. Maybe as part of the premium kits?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 05, 2012
herodotus
It'd be good if they implement a "Race around Hawaii", as Cathay Pacific pilots do in the real flight simualtors when doing their annual checks. Then again, they do it in 777's and a380's:)
Roderick they dropped the crashes as the first thing most simmers did was crash their plane into a skyscraper (well I and many others did anyway). After September 11th, this of course was "just not on".
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2012
SirRoderick
...I see what they did there...still don't agree.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2012
JonahFalcon
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2012
SirRoderick
Looks like a concept car that thing. What's the little red thing on top?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 05, 2012
herodotus
You mean the propellor?
It does look like a concept vehicle. Very much like a combo between an Ultralight and a small fixed wing.
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Jan 06, 2012
noobst3R
I find the MS Flight Simulator series very interesting, but I just never managed to play it, simply because I couldn't get my plane to lift off. :D
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 06, 2012
SirRoderick
Lol, even I got that far with a friend's copy...I then promtly proceeded to roll over instead of turning gently :P
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jan 06, 2012
unsilviu
It's really the kind of game you can't play with a mouse and a keyboard. It's best you use a joystick or, as I do, an R/C plane controller :D
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 06, 2012
herodotus
Joystick , while now an essential was just not a financial option for me in the early days. I played "Jetfighter" and "Aces of the Pacific" with keyboard only and being used to it was wary of spending the dough on a joystick. Once getting a joystick howver yopu never look back.
If you guys want a REAL challenge, try out the FREE download of "Rise of Flight". There you'll get to choose from several WWI scouts/two-seaters and the big buggers (Gotha and HP 0-400). With full realism if you can get the plane actually in the air you're doing well. No complex switches, just old radial combustion engines, oil in your face and wings that tear off if you pull too steeply into a turn.
Number one challenge: fly under a bridge, any bridge - inverted!
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 06, 2012
SirRoderick
Radials? Lols, that would be entertaining indeed. Try to pull up, go right instead :P (...or did I get that reversed)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 07, 2012
herodotus
The Fokkers were often Radials, however there was limited torque from them. The Allies flew with basic fuel/air mix engines the latter regulated with an open-close radiator. With the latter you have to be careful when dogfighting (as they use the "boom-n'-zoom" tactic) is to shut the radiator when diving to chase an enemy's tail as the engine will freeze. Trying to restart by diving with the radiator closed, fuel mixture rich and keeping your wings on can be a dicey manoeuvre and I've seen many a Camel spin, or S.E.5a lose it's wings in MP. Fokker D.VIIF is the best to fly for beginners. A stable firing platform for twin 7.62mm MG's, excellent turning circle and forgiving of the new pilot. The Sopwith Camel, an old favourite is more like the Spitfire. A thoroughbred at heart and very unforgiving of rookie errors. It's a spin merchant too, from which there is no recovery.
Naturally this is with all aids turned off, but in the game you can make it as simple and easy to fly as you want. It's free, it has the niche to almost to itself, is continuously evolving and getting better with each upgrade (far more than just patches) with a strong, friendly and mature community. They have just added searchlights for night missions, and they can make a night patrol quite hairy.
If you fly MP, and get on Teamspeak old hands are only too ready to talk you through the basics of handling the kites. I've been playing the game since it first came out and I'm still learning. It's also fun to create your own private server in MP and learn to fly and fight in full realism against the AI.
Very little else I fly these days in terms of simulators (the new Career Mode is absolutely brilliant), and I've played just about all of them.

Sorry guys, I'll stop banging on....but you really should check out the game's site. Might see you over Flanders one day:

http://riseofflight.com/