Microsoft Flight beta registration opens

Successor to flight simulation series to enter beta in January; applications now being accepted.

Microsoft's PC flight simulation series has been grounded since 2006's Flight Sim X. The company is finally ready to reboot the series with Microsoft Flight, but it needs a few test pilots first.

Flight's beta will take to the skies next year.

Microsoft is now accepting registrations for a beta program starting in January. The team says it will be sifting through submissions over the next couple of months and responding to qualifying participants throughout the beta phase.

Microsoft Flight will have players running various missions, ranging from waypoint challenges to aerobatic routines. Light, story-based missions will also have players finding missing persons, carrying cargo or passengers, and other similar scenarios.

Recent promotional videos for the game have used terms like "fly free" and a quote from Shakespeare, "My soul is in the sky," backed by wispy music and scenes of open air. Released screenshots also primarily feature smaller propeller planes, rather than jumbo jets or Cessnas.

Microsoft Flight is built using Games for Windows Live and will include both single and multiplayer modes. No release window has been announced for the game.

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aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

hopefully this time they use satellite imagery instead of lame 'generated' terrain

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@collingtonuk Depends where you're from. "Dreamt" is old English.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Don't get angry at me. The decision was made YEARS ago. Do the research.

anthonycg
anthonycg

In case you didn't know, this is no longer a simulator. There were complaints to Microsoft about it and they had to take the word "simulator" out of the name. It's more like Grid for planes now.

marrecar
marrecar

It seems that I can't make a gamertag... Whenever I fill in all the information needed and click on I agree, it gives me "You found a glitch in the system". I tried couple of days ago and today and still the same thing shows up. Because of Gamertag, I can't participate in the beta or even try to. Any help!??!

xs_paine
xs_paine

@CUDGEdave: The first couple of times I glanced over the name "Gardening Simulator", I thought you were joking. I really should've known better by now... :P

Atladica
Atladica

Well... you dreamed you could fly. I dream of flight simulators with good graphics.

008Zulu
008Zulu

I wonder how much Microsoft will charge for the planes like they did with the train simulator.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@PC_Otter It is. The game runs perfect. I'm using a Intel 2500K and HD 6950 2GB CF. These games are real CPU hogs because of the physics. My Intel Q9550 and 4870 had problems with it.

PC_Otter
PC_Otter

Hopefully this will be fully multithreaded and multicore enabled because FSX still runs like pooh on my Phenom II x4 and Radeon 5850 which is utterly ridiculous.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@CUDGEdave I own the game and I see nothing wrong with the visuals and they're at full. Is your graphics cards DX11 compatible? The graphics look pretty awesome on my system. Edit: I read on the forums that the game will reset to the default settings on some systems but an update fixed that problem. The default is very low resolution.

packers91
packers91

why are so many of you opposed to the CFS series?

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

Happy for the possible return of flight sim on current technology. Get to dust off my flight yoke

larkin540
larkin540

@ wildsduelpack dude its a PC games PC is already next gen

flashn00b
flashn00b

I wonder if they'll also bring back Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Bet this is a next gen game, have to try the beta sometime

bigbowen1559
bigbowen1559

might consider playing this if they make decent crash physics

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

@namdar What about 'Gardening Simulator'? Now that is a lazy mans classic!

nnaatthhaannx2
nnaatthhaannx2

Hope this game is a real good one. They need to make combat missions for online so it can compete with Battlefield, cause no one would play otherwise!

xs_paine
xs_paine

@namdar: Are you crazy? NOTHING is better than Street Cleaning Simulator, although it is definite that Flight Simulator X stands on the podium for second, with Oil Platform Simulator and City Bus Simulator 2010 tied for third.

zulwalks
zulwalks

They should make this on xbox. it looks promising for kinect and also show full use of that wireless wheel they just launched

UKFX
UKFX

Signed up. Love flight sims, not played one for a while though. Now I just need to find a relatively compact joystick with good buttons and control. Sold PC got Laptop. Any suggestions for a joystick folks? :D Fingers crossed I get to join the beta.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Looking forward to the new incarnated series! Just played a session of MS FS9 to get the wings up again.

skipper847
skipper847

Just to say thanks to Gamespot for posting the link for the beta sign up..

rahul247rocks
rahul247rocks

I really hope they Improve the FPS rate so that normal machines can run the game and get good graphics

packers91
packers91

You'd think at some point they'd be able to bundle this with CFS. Sometimes you just want to carry a few hundred people across the Atlantic, sometimes you just want to shoot some nazis/commies out of the sky

wlfoster
wlfoster

Amazing news! I havent played a flight sim for a while, i think my last one was MS Flight Sim X. Can't wait MS!

Tauu
Tauu

A great series comes back. Another dead series that I'd like to see revived is Railroad Tycoon.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@emmanuel123 real flight dynamics + porting old planes???? If its using true flight dynamics then its going to be a huge process to move an older gen plane to this game, theres no way to port an older flight model plane if its going to be completely redone. Sure someone could completely remake them but that wouldnt be porting : )

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Used to love flight simulator as a kid. Sadly, things just haven't been the same without my MS Sidewinder.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

sweet i always had a liking to flight sims and this looks cool cant wait to try it out. so many memories in flight sim X ahhh

Prometheus
Prometheus

Awesome, flight simulators are one of the reasons why I'm a pc gamer.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Excellent! Just signed up...BTW anyone played the Take on Helicopters demo? I have but the GFX are awful even on full.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

So when is Fox News gonna say this is 4 terrorist training.....Cuz we all they will

skipper847
skipper847

Just sent of mine to microsoft. Hope i get threw. Carnt wait for this.

mutley89
mutley89

Looks beautiful, when aces studios got laid off I thought we would never see another flight simulator. It would be an honor to help test this title, hope I get accepted!!

zpluffy
zpluffy

ABout time, sooo stoke for this

Pete5506
Pete5506

Pretty neat, would love to see this series come back

NightFox313
NightFox313

Ahh - the sweet days of Flight Simulator... I remember the first time I played it was at a Science Fair. It was glorious... Really looking forward to this installment! :D

Mar044
Mar044

dcs blackshark and a10 forever that and the first IL

emmanuel123
emmanuel123

I just hope it has real flight dynamics & that we can port our planes from older versions.

mrsqwid
mrsqwid

il-2 sturmovick is rather realistic

Rattler
Rattler

Whatever happend to COMBAT FLIGHT SIMLATOR??? Where is FIGHTER ACE? Doggone I loved flying those aiplanes shooting each other down to pieces? They're both gone. What happened? Don't tell me IL sturmovick is any kinda fighter plane combat game. Why doesnt somebody come up with a good rootintootin shoot you to pieces with my mustang or fockewulf on your 6, your done combat fighter plane game again??

mikey1611
mikey1611

Can't wait! I enjoyed Flight Sim X way too much! @brok It's a flight sim, it's not grand theft auto. This is more about being a Pilot, how a plane works and how to handle it.

brok
brok

Can you land your plane and get out and walk around? If you can't, then the game is already totally obsolete. Oh well, looks like they're at least expanding the plane roster, I guess.