The Return of Microsoft Flight Simulator

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based Dovetail Games announced that it has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft to develop and publish all-new games based on Microsoft’s popular flight simulation technology. The company said in a press release today that it is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015.

Dovetail Games also announced that it acquired the rights to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition via Steam. The new release on Steam will be sold under the name, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.

“I am delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft as part of this agreement,” said Paul Jackson, CEO of Dovetail Games. “We are thrilled to be exploring new flight simulation opportunities using Microsoft’s technology, and look forward to using our extensive expertise of Steam publishing to successfully bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to a broad new audience on the Steam platform. This partnership is perfectly timed to support our expansion into new areas of simulation.”

You can learn more about the company's plans for the franchise by visiting www.dovetailgames.com.


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Re: The Return of Microsoft Flight Simulator

Considering the advancements in satellite imaging technology, I wonder how long before we could fly around the actual world virtually with representations of the various cities, landscapes, etc below. Even cooler if the next game included Oculus Rift support to boot.

Re: The Return of Microsoft Flight Simulator

I should be excited about this, but considering the price Dovetail charges for their Train Simulator DLC I'm not really that excited.

Re: The Return of Microsoft Flight Simulator

True, but given that FSX is nearly 10 years old I really can't see them charging anything beyond $20 for it, especially on Steam. And even if they do go to like $30+, Steam has those frequent sales and due to the way the game was designed they can't nickel and dime you to death with skins for different planes.

I'd gotten this for my dad (or FS2004, can't recall right now) a while back when I was still doing end user QA stuff for Microsoft a number of years ago, but he's since misplaced the discs. So this should be quite a good thing in his eyes (once I explain how Steam and digital distribution works obviously).

 
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