Microsoft Flight takes to the skies February 29

Free-to-play installment in long-running flight simulator cleared for launch at month's end; $20 Hawaiian Adventure Pack due on launch date.

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Microsoft Flight has its landing gear deployed and is eyeing the runway. Today, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Flight will arrive for the PC on February 29.

Microsoft Flight is ready to take off.

A free-to-play flight simulator, the game is the first in the series since Microsoft Flight Simulator: X, which was released in 2006. Microsoft Flight puts players on the Big Island of Hawaii and features "hours" of free missions and other activities 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.

The first expansion pack for Microsoft Flight will be the $20 Hawaiian Adventure Pack, which includes new challenges, 20 new missions, and the RV-6A aircraft. Also available at launch will be two new aircraft, the Maule M-7-260C ($15) and the North American P-51 Mustang ($8).

Discussion

26 comments
SirChuckalot
SirChuckalot

Hmmmm. I don't think I want to buy planes to fly. Sounds like a flight sim mmo. If I have to pay for content, I'll keep flying FSX and sign up to a site that gives me unlimited content (planes and scenery) annually for much less. FSX still looks pretty good. Just sayin'...

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

[quote="Evenios"]lets hope i can actually play it . gave me a games for windows live error everytime i tried to pull up the beta......[/quote] GFW is the worst ms software ever written. even worse than W95.

Wavory
Wavory

I have seen the ''free'' in age of empires. These people just ruin series.

Wavory
Wavory

I will cut my arm of if they had put more than five people working on it.

Zverugin
Zverugin

Is this a joke? 15 USD for one plane? We are not Xbox players you know, we are not going to pay that much. Go to hell M$!

nhall00195
nhall00195

Old games were awesome...this looks horrible

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

Great job. They just turned one of the best flight sims into an all out kiddy arcade game. Microsoft can't do ANYTHING right anymore :(

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

meh.. ill just play pilotwings from nintendo..

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Oh look another simulation game turned arcade. Even the videos of gameplay look like a joke, they even say it was BUILT for keyboard users .... yet works with a joystick TOO. Thats wonderful ... not,

thienturd
thienturd

I'm worried there may be a reason "Simulator" was removed from the title.

agpickle
agpickle

I'd rather just have FS11. T-T

RadView
RadView

@Ronaldo27 yikes, but not surprised M$ always gets you somewhere

NicAgent
NicAgent

Major red flag at 0:23 in the video... sad to know that it has indeed turned into an arcade game.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

These prices are about the same for content from F2P MMO's so it's nothing bad. Beats a monthly fee on something you already paid for. The game can also easily be updated for advanced players. Being free will allow people to try the game before they commit to purchasing anything, and having simplistic controls will make it more accessible to a wider range of players with amateur piloting skills.

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

@RadView: The initial package is free but have you seen how much they are charging for the DLC? Fifteen bucks for one plane?

Evenios
Evenios

lets hope i can actually play it . gave me a games for windows live error everytime i tried to pull up the beta.......

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

I wish they would have just made another retail Flight Sim personally but I guess it is good for those who never tried Flight Sim and want to for free.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Are there any chances for a retail release with some of the paid content and extras?

daabulls23
daabulls23

I'll play it, but I'll probably skip the DLC and stick to FSX

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

The video makes it seem somewhat arcade like. I'm hoping the physics are as real as possible.