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Microsoft Flight Takes to the Skies

Last updated Thu, 02 Aug 2018 21:06:54 GMT
Originally posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:00 GMT

In a press release we received for publication today entitled "Microsoft Flight" Takes to the Skies, Microsoft announce more details and official documentation regarding "Flight".  We have published it here for your viewing pleasure.

Microsoft Studios reveals details on new PC game designed to bring flight to the masses


Today, Microsoft Studios premiered “Microsoft Flight,” a new PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight. “Microsoft Flight” will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.

In “Microsoft Flight,” players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Players can choose to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures, or simply use their mouse and keyboard to control the plane in an exterior view. More experienced players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making “Microsoft Flight” easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.

“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.”

Start Exploring For Free

After downloading “Microsoft Flight” for free, players can jump into hours of exciting gameplay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Boeing Steerman.

Boeing Steerman.

In addition, players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account automatically receive additional free content, including the legendary Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile. Those looking to deepen their experience can purchase and download additional content that adds new aircraft, regions and customization options. The frequently released new content for “Microsoft Flight” includes daily aerocache challenges and updates that make every flight unique and fun.

Be the First to Fly the Definitive Light Sport Aircraft ICON A5

Microsoft Studios worked with the personal airplane manufacturing team at ICON Aircraft to give aviation fans the exclusive opportunity to fly the all-new ICON A5 before real-world production starts at the end of 2012. Designed by the world-class aeronautical engineers behind the Voyager spaceship, X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo, the ICON A5 is the “jet ski for the skies,” a high-wing amphibious monoplane with a carbon fiber airframe and a comfortable, automobile-inspired cockpit with space for two. The ICON A5 will be the first aircraft available to players for free in “Microsoft Flight.”

Icon A5 Taking off

Icon A5 aircraft taking off in Microsoft Flight.

“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.

Official Release Video

Be the First to Experience “Microsoft Flight”

Today the team behind “Microsoft Flight” released an exclusive video that features all-new footage of “Microsoft Flight.”  Additionally, the launch sequence has begun!

The voyage continues at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 10 – 13. Those that attend will have the chance to play “Microsoft Flight” before it releases this spring at the Microsoft booth, located in the Central Hall.

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Pro MemberGreg WoodsWed, 04 Jan 2012 15:12:10 GMT

Yep, just as I said in my blog. Free and set in Hawaii.

Ken GarnerThu, 05 Jan 2012 10:19:31 GMT

Can't wait! I used to fly the Lincoln and Canberra with 617 Squadron at RAF Binbrook in the fifties. Did my national Service in the Royal Artillery in 1948/50. A glutton for punishment!


Ken JThu, 05 Jan 2012 21:30:38 GMT

Not very impressed feel that it is more of a money spinner. I had 2002 2004 and now FSX of them all I thought 2004 was more user friendly. Scenery is what most people would like to see improved and more Aircraft like the Steerman and WWII aircraft like the B25.I can understand that once a Disc is purchase it is not a money spinner but gives a lot of people Old and New much pleasure. Best of Luck but I think you will not impress regular FSim users

Hiro OkudaFri, 06 Jan 2012 07:21:44 GMT

Subject: The sun sets on Microsoft

I'm disgusted with Microsoft for their abandonment of the continuance of MS FS business. I deem the most important morale of business is the customer's satisfaction. MS looks to wish to get a new customer discontinuing the loyalty to the old friend. If MS wishes to create a new product(Microsoft Flight), they should carry on the MS FS along side the new product. They should be remind that their payroll have been paid by old friends, not by potential future customer.

If MS believe this is the way of MS or American business, there would be no future in their business.

Goodbye Microsoft!

Best Regards, Hiro Okuda, Old friend since MS FS ver.2.0

David GrimesFri, 06 Jan 2012 16:03:57 GMT

You are so correct Mr. Hiro Okuda, Microsoft seems to be wandering away from a good product and the loyal user base again with its flight simulation software. The MS developing and marketing dept. should look at building on the FSX platform and retain an already hard to attain new customer base.

Pro MembermoondawgThu, 12 Jan 2012 05:51:55 GMT

With all the hype about XPlane 10 and all the hype about Flight, FSX with it's many great addons is still the best we've got going. The scenery in XPlane is the pretty much the same where ever you fly. Even the cities look the same, so far from what I've seen. I live in New Mexico and took a flight in XPlane from the local airport and there were lakes where there should have been desert and the city looked like one big housing development. Now flight looks like a game I've already got on my Wii. And if you haven't heard, MS is basically pushing out the developers like PMDG, Aerosoft etc. with it's licensing requirements. So there probably wont be much other than what MS gives us.

MarkWed, 15 Feb 2012 13:26:36 GMT

I have not flown since FS9 (FSX was too much for my system to handle, besides I had everything in FS9 backdated to the 50s, 60s and 70s-where I liked it). Sounds to me that Flight is just a 'game' now, not a true flight simulator...where you have to buy to get more content, or win contests and 'games' to open more content. It is a sad excuse, in my opinion, and targeted toward those who like to play console games, and not targeted toward the faithful simmers who made it all possible for MS in the first place. true flight simming ended with FS9...and sadly does not seem to be coming back.

DonSun, 20 May 2012 17:04:24 GMT

I have been flying MSFS since it's inception. That goes way back for me. I was thrilled beyond belief that they were coming back with a new version and couldn't wait to try it out. IT ROCKED! Or at least it has rocked, except for the price gouging of course, up until all of a sudden it continually crashes. I bought the expansion pack, another plane, planned on getting another plane, but no. I can't fly it anymore. It doesn't even get past the intro video before it loses it. Kaput! I've worked with Nvidia now for two straight weeks, have reloaded my OS now three times, and lost one whole hard drive because of the frequent blue screens of death caused by this game.

I'm done. If the kiddies want to "play" zoom zoom with this "flight game", fine. Load it up on their xbox JOKES, zoom around for five minutes and then get bored and go onto another "game". NO problem.

But, if they want to play it on a PC, they'd best get old mommy and daddy to drop 500 bucks on a video card that will play the game, IF it doesn't destroy your whole system, as it HAS done REPEATEDLY to me, and it will do no more. Microsoft, it's no wonder Bill handed over the controls. Whoever the brain child was behind this nosedive deserves his rear stabilizer aligned! PERMANENTLY. You've got me for 30 bucks, fine. I'm CUTTING MY LOSES, and turning off the transponder on MS PERMANENTLY. ENOUGH of this abuse. DB6617...OUT.

R.D.WYLIEFri, 23 Feb 2018 01:36:16 GMT

Microsoft you really screwed the pooch when you closed ACES STUDIO you sold out your gravy train because someone in ''MANGEMENT'' thought the holes in his feet were GOLD and his stupid ass could walk on water. EVERYTHING after FSX was a flop except STEAM and its a mirror of FSX. WHAT THE HELL WHERE YOU THINKING OH THATS RIGHT YOU WEREN'T!!!!

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