Microsoft have announced that Microsoft Flight, the free-to-play follow up to the acclaimed Flight Simulator series, will be available to download on PC this spring.
“Many people dream of flying, but few have the chance to experience the fun of exploring the world from above. Microsoft Flight provides players the opportunity to explore that curiosity and interest,” said Joshua Howard, executive producer of Microsoft Flight. “Aviation can be incredibly technical, but we’ve taken great care to build an experience that makes taking to the skies thrilling and accessible for everyone.”
Set over the Big Island of Hawaii, Microsoft Flight will reportedly feature sublime visuals, region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Additionally, if you've got a Games For Windows LIVE account you'll automatically receive additional free content, including a Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile. On top of that, there'll be daily challenges and the option to purchase DLC such as new aircraft, regions and customization options.
Microsoft Flight will also allow players to get in the cockpit of the 'jet-ski of the skies' - the ICON A5, an amphibious plane so futuristic that it's not even gone into production yet.
“ICON Aircraft and Microsoft Flight both share the goal of making the fun of flying accessible to everyone who’s ever dreamed about it. ICON does this by fusing world-class product design with the very best engineering, and Microsoft by combining the excitement of a great gaming experience with the authenticity of a top notch flight simulator,” said ICON Aircraft CEO Kirk Hawkins.
Remember you can still sign up for the beta here.
Microsoft's move away from pure simulation has been met with some scepticism...to put it mildly. We'd be interested to hear what you guys make of it, especially if you plump for some beta action.