Ready for takeoff: Microsoft’s iconic Flight Simulator revived, coming to Steam

Photo via Microsoft.

Photo via Microsoft.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is making a comeback — but Microsoft won’t be doing any of the work to make it happen.

Dovetail Games, makers of the Train Simulator franchise, has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft for Flight Simulator and plans on releasing a new game in 2015 based on Microsoft’s popular flight sim.

In addition, UK-based Dovetail Games will also re-distribute the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition — the final installment of the Flight Simulator series released eight years ago — on Valve’s Steam digital distribution platform later this year.

“I am delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft as part of this agreement,” Dovetail Games CEO Paul Jackson said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be exploring new flight simulation opportunities using Microsoft’s technology, and look forward to using our extensive expertise of Steam publishing to successfully bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to a broad new audience on the Steam platform.”

Kevin Perry, an executive producer at Microsoft, called Dovetail Games the “obvious choice for us to work with.”

“We respect their approach in terms of delivering premium quality simulation games and look forward to seeing their vision of the next chapter in flight simulations unfold,” Perry said in a statement.

Microsoft Flight Simulator was one of the most popular and well-known franchises for the PC, but was discontinued in 2009. In 2012, Microsoft developed a free-to-play follow-up title called Microsoft Flight, but the game didn’t catch on with a wide audience and was shut down within six months after launch.

Flight, which will end support for its multiplayer servers later this year, was criticized heavily by fans of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which said it fell short of a true simulation and didn’t live up to the legacy of Flight Sim.

  • Clinton H Davis

    Yeah, I hope they learn from “flight’s” mistakes. I don’t want “free to play”. I don’t want “online only”. I don’t want to pay for each little chunk of the map. I don’t want to buy airplanes that don’t have cockpits.
    I want the whole world and enough aircraft to enjoy it in the initial purchase.
    I want what we have always gotten, plus updated graphics and interface options. Give us that, and we’ll buy it.

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  • Jeff

    @Clinton +1
    Couldn’t agree more! Enough with the “in app purchase” model. It makes games fragmented and sucks for consumers.

    • carbonated_turtle

      I can understand maybe wanting to make a couple bucks if they’re going to release a free game, but I remember the price they were asking for the DLC was ridiculous. Something like 30 bucks for a new plane and a few new missions in a small area.

  • Jeff

    What about MS’s Combat Flight Simulator? I really enjoyed both the European CFS and the Pacific CFS. Too bad it dwindled as well.

    • guest

      CFS was considered a failure. Sales paled in comparison to FS.

  • Umbrella Pogo

    The closing down of the ACES studio in 2009 was totally idiotic – thankfully nearly all of the executives responsible for that decision have been flushed from MS.

    I’d vote to bring back Combat Flight Simulator, also.

  • http://pfoct.blogspot.com/ James Knauer

    In the meantime, X Plane 10 has developed quite a following.

    • http://www.matthewshobe.com/ mshobe

      No kidding. Thriving third party ecosystem for mods, terrain, aircraft, you-name-it. Exactly what Microsoft had done a decent (albeit aloof) job of encouraging through the 2000s for MSFS – until they killed the product line. Very interesting to see this legacy rebooted. (Bruce Artwick is smiling somewhere, I hope.)

      • http://pfoct.blogspot.com/ James Knauer

        Completely different airfoil simulation, too. It’s what they use in flight sims for pilot trainers. The TrainSim people are awesome, though, so the product is in good hands. Be well, Bruce!

  • Teebor

    Man, m$ has been on QUITE a roll with bad decisions….

    • Lata

      Negative vote just because of “$”, unless you like to work for free.

  • Lata

    Please, use GPU this time, don’t want to buy an Intel Xeon just to run FSX.