Microsoft preps Flight Simulator X for takeoff

Tenth installment of aviation approximation franchise scheduled for arrival at retail by the end of the year.

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates used his Consumer Electronics Show keynote address tonight to officially unveil the latest addition to the company's long-running Flight Simulator series, Flight Simulator X.

The 10th installment in the series, Flight Simulator X is scheduled to touch down with a holiday 2006 release window courtesy of developer Aces Studio. Microsoft is saying that the game will be fully optimized for its upcoming Vista operation system, and promises that it will "set the standard for technological innovation, incredible graphics, and realism for the genre."

Going beyond simply replicating the physics of flight, Flight Simulator X will also attempt to reproduce some of the distractions real-life pilots must deal with every day. For instance, light glaring off of reflective paint, glass, and chrome will hinder players' visibility.

As in Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, Flight Simulator X will include a variety of planes from the de Havilland Beaver to the Cessna 172, as well as more than 24,000 airports. Finally, Microsoft has indicated that the game's online experience will be improved, allowing players to enjoy "a connected world."

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25 comments
Halo2tou2
Halo2tou2

thats the best news i have heard from ms all year

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Wow... reflective paint... So they're improving the game by making it more annoying?

cikame
cikame

i'll have to watch carefully, sounds like 2004 with reflective paint, also i'm not planning on getting vista till xp starts messing up, so i'll probably never get it :P they should just keep improving xp.

n_w95482
n_w95482

Sounds good, I just hope that they release patches for it if it does have issues, unlike what they did with 2004.

doomed51
doomed51

flight sim?? hmmmm...maybe, Windows Vista? not coming out for a while :P

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

20th!! *rolls eyes* Anyways, the game looks nice, haven't played a flight sim in a long, long time, but this one looks sweet.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i've never played flight sim....and i don't plan on starting now ;)

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Cool of Microsoft for being one of the last flagbearers of flight sims.

SonicGamer91
SonicGamer91

I just added it to my Tracked Games and Wish List. I'm really looking forward to this one!

angel_theone
angel_theone

please confirm this for X360 instead of PC

forever_blank
forever_blank

It is not really a game any more, now it is just a serious simulation. Looks like fun...

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

I remember playing flight simulator way back when everything looked like cartoons. Can't imagine how great this game will look. Although being so real is it really still a "game"?

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

Man I really love microsoft.

Maxer9
Maxer9

"A connected world"? Sounds really cool.

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

Am I still cool if I've got 5th? Is it the cutoff? Anyways, these games are always fun... can't wait to play!

davahsa
davahsa

Now I can unoffically enter the mile high club along with my wife! Sweet! I'm 4th! I rule...

fore_runner
fore_runner

Yea, just saw that, watching the LIVE streaming from the keynote address right now