Microsoft held a press event at their Game Studios at Redmond, Washington in December 2011, to enable members of the community and press to discuss "Flight" in detail and have any questions answered. With Fly Away Simulation being one of the attendees at the event, they have covered the event and discussed the topics raised in detail on their website.
About Microsoft Flight
Microsoft Flight is the next flight simulator release from Microsoft following on from Microsoft Flight Simulator X. In this release, they dropped the "Simulator" part of the product name in order to open the market up to users who were a bit weary at the realism of a simulation package - giving the fun of flight to everyone, not just the educated virtual aviators.
Upon release, Microsoft Flight will include the default scenery for Hawaii only. The release will be free-of-charge and will be available as a digital download directly from the Microsoft website.
After the release, the game will feature a marketplace within it that enables users to download additional aircraft and scenery from Microsoft - expanding the simulation package. These enhancements will come with a price tag attached. This differs from previous versions of Microsoft's simulation packages that always included global scenery out-of-the-box. Microsoft also announced that the game will have a closed marketplace - which means that third party developers will have no access to a Software Development Kit and hence no third party content. Many members of the community were outraged by this decision, because they were always able to download add-ons from many of the flight simulator community websites such as Fly Away Simulation that provided thousands of free aircraft, scenery enhancements and utilities with easy installation.
In a lengthy editorial by Fly Away Simulation editor William Luxton, he discusses all of the topics raised at the event in detail and also provides his opinion of "Flight". There have been over 100 comments on the article already, with many members very angry and disappointed at the detailing of "Flight".
You can view the original article here:
About Fly Away Simulation
Fly Away Simulation are publishers of flight simulation industry news as well as providing a "home base" for a large community following. Established for over 10 years, Fly Away Simulation has become a hub for flight simulator enthusiasts worldwide. While their focus has been primarily based on the Microsoft Flight Simulator range of products, they have slowly changed focus to more exotic simulation packages such as X-Plane or FlightGear. The Fly Away Simulation website provides a huge downloads and add-on database for many simulator packages as well as a busy discussion forum and media gallery.
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