Free Microsoft Flight hits the skies this spring

Game download takes players to Big Island of Hawaii for "hours" of free play; additional items and missions available for purchase.

After more than five years on the ground, last month Microsoft announced that its flight simulator series would take to the skies again in the form of Microsoft Flight. Now, the tech giant has revealed more about the game, announcing it will be a free download and is slated to be released this spring.

Microsoft Flight takes to the skies when the ice thaws from the runways.

After downloading the complimentary core component of Microsoft Flight, gamers can partake in "hours" of activities on the Big Island of Hawaii. Microsoft also mentioned that those who sign in to Microsoft Flight via their Games for Windows monikers will receive free content and other perks. The content and perks up for grabs include an in-game Boeing Stearman aircraft and additional missions to partake in.

Gamers looking to fly further in Microsoft Flight will also be able to purchase additional content in the form of new planes, regions, and "customization options." Microsoft also noted that it plans to release additional content "frequently" via daily challenges and updates. Microsoft did not mention what any of the purchasable items will cost.

Microsoft Flight's perks don't end there, however. Developer Microsoft Studios partnered with airplane manufacturing team ICON Aircraft to include the ICON A5 airplane--which does not go into real-world production until the end of the year--in Microsoft Flight.

Gamers eager to get their hands on Microsoft Flight can sign up to enter the closed beta test for the game today. The game will also be shown at Microsoft's booth at the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, which runs January 10-13 in Las Vegas.

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zeta
zeta

@y3ivan can't tell if sarcastic or serious. anyway, anyone actually bothering to read the comments should know that FLIGHT just became a GAME. I think the famous saying among users in System Wars calls it consolization. This is quite a slap to not only a simmers face, but the 3rd party developers that made the simulators even better than the default stuff that MS provided. Senseless, this move is WRONG because MS decided not to compromise with the 3rd party developers in order to maximize profit. They missed out in an opportunity to cash in on all the money developers like PMDG, VRS, and Aerosoft (to name very few) were making because their demands were too much for these independent creators. So now they have junk (and it is junk because I seen better sims that were free i.e Seven-G) and people get what they pay for (obviously nothing in this case).

mrsqwid
mrsqwid

free it Mack's sens if you lick my by jumbo jets you can buy them or if you lick gliders you can buy gliders if you lick...

y3ivan
y3ivan

for once. MS flight isnt a GAME. its a simulator.

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

Probably the smartest decision from microsoft. They made it free so no one will pirate it and they charges for DLC so that the game can still be profitable. I think thats a learning from social free to play games.

ronan1966
ronan1966

Battyonbench...it is free!, they said that already, and yes, there will be DLC, what's wrong with that, most games have DLC now, how is this different?, and don't forget there giving you the base game free, don't see many developers doing that....do you, top marks to Microsoft on this one.

BattyOnBench
BattyOnBench

Free?.....yea right. There most likely going to have tons of DLC and make us pay for more planes and ish.

nhall00195
nhall00195

looks like a pile of dog excrement to me. I want a REAL sim, not a kiddie play thing

jamyskis
jamyskis

He who thinks that Flight will really be free is kidding himself. It will be financed similarly to the pathetically bad Age of Empires Online, although I suspect the spectacular commercial failure of that game may encourage Microsoft to broaden the F2P element of the game somewhat so as to encourage more players to stay with it.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@y3ivan Ya, that was the point I was trying to get across. I just didn't want to say 100% that it wasn't going to be on Xbox when I wasn't sure because they could always pull some sort of surprise, but I agree we most likely will not be seeing this anywhere but PC.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Wait wait wait... Microsoft + Free :o The Mayans were right.. the end is nigh!

y3ivan
y3ivan

@Toysoldier34 dont think it will and i dont think its even designed for the gaming community. The last flight simulator was so complicated that you need a few monitors to display all the necessary information and a joystick. It was a really hardcore flying sim, that even calculate the fuel usage and weather and turbulence. I think theres a option to dumb it down. I do believe it demanded hardware to run it.

Evenios
Evenios

Lets say a ..friend i hear coudnt even get it to run because it has a Games for WIndows Live error......ugh. and no offence but the game doesnt look all that much of a step above FSX graphics wise.. We'll see....

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Justforfun44 This is the new flight sim that has been a PC thing for a long time. Many people have quite nice set ups to play flight sims. I am not sure it will be on Xbox.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@Evenios You can purchase new planes and regions just as it is stated in the article. Only the core game is free and limited to one region.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

It's F2P so it must suck? Yeah right! Screw that ridiculous theory. This is a smart move to introduce new players at no cost. F2P is just as profitable as any other play type games when done right. Looks a lot like Pilotwings which I loved on the SNES.

namdar
namdar

I would love to fly with some mates and dick around :D Oh wait there is bf3 for that :D

daabulls23
daabulls23

"Hours of activities on the big island of Hawaii" As opposed to hours on the whole world? Will each continent be DLC? I am confused.

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

i hope it has at least flight sim X engine :)

Henoch
Henoch

Bad news for sim fans, mediocre news for arcade flying fans. it will be boring quick for them.

hobotech64
hobotech64

I own a flight stick and haven't played a flight sim in like...ever. I'll try it out.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@Evenios I don't see how making the world smaller would appeal to the "general public".

Evenios
Evenios

oh they may add more. i hope they add the entire world and also have options for mods and such maybe a package for like 50 bucks or so that you can buy all the content or what :-p.

Evenios
Evenios

Meh its just one island? The previous flight sims had the entire world. that was the fun of it and all the cool addons and what people have made. Sounds like they might have dumbed it down....i know most flight sim fans will be dissipointed if its just one island. but i guess thats the nature these days instead of adding more features some games are just dumbed down for the "general public"

jcbullen
jcbullen

Apparently you can start a game mid flight. Try doing this on your first time playing the game without any assists on and see if you can land the plane with no prior experience, like in the movies.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Great news for flight sim fans, personally I've always liked the space flight games like Freelancer......