As a kid and teenager, I really enjoyed “playing” with the Microsoft Flight Simulator. I know technically it wasn’t really a game per se, but there was just something about putting my hand around the joystick yoke and maneuvering a huge aircraft on the computer screen. I loved watching the aircraft get up to speed before eventually taking off and then soaring through the sky without following any sort of flight plan whatsoever. Unfortunately I never really mastered the landing thing, so most of my planes crashed and burned. Sadly, that’s kind of what happened with the once-popular simulator programs.
The studio responsible for bringing the world the Microsoft Flight Simulator games shut down in 2009 (it tried again a couple years later but closed once more) leaving a void in the simulator market. But now, thanks to a new deal with Microsoft and Dovetail Games, the popular flight simulator will be taking to the skies once again.
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The first release will actually be a suped up “re-release” of Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. (The other titles did not offer Steam availability). It will include the deluxe edition of the game as well as the Accelerate Expansion Pack. They hope to release it sometime later this year.
Apart from the re-release, they’re also hard at work creating a totally new flight simulator to be offered to the world at a later date in time.
What do you think? Did you ever mess around with any of the Microsoft Flight Simulator programs? Will you be picking up the new version once it’s released? Let us know in the comments section below!
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