It's official, the release date for Microsoft's "Flight" simulation package for PC will be February 29th, 2012. Along with this announcement, they have also released 5 additional screenshots demonstrating some more features you can expect from Flight.
You can view the 5 new screenshots here and all of the Microsoft Flight videos here at the new consolidated URL:
The official announcement from the Microsoft website is below:
Prepare for takeoff! On the heels of a successful beta, we're excited to announce that "Microsoft Flight" will be available to download worldwide for free starting February 29, 2012, right here. In addition, the Hawaiian Adventure Pack - which includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, a new plane and 20 new missions - will be available to purchase the same day through Games for Windows-LIVE.
Microsoft Flight lets players jump into the fun, freedom, and adventure of flight with no special hardware or past experience. If you have a mouse and a PC, you can fly!
Explore the Hawaiian Islands From Above
In addition to exploring the Big Island of Hawaii for free, you can unlock access to the skies over the remaining Hawaiian Islands by purchasing the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, the first in a series of expansions for Microsoft Flight, which includes:
- Hundreds of miles to explore
- Stunning recreations of landmark features, from the breathtaking Waimea Canyon in Kaua'i to the high-rise hotels of Waikiki
- New challenges
- 20 new missions
- The Vans RV-6A, a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt airplane made famous for its speed and maneuverability.
The Hawaiian Adventure Pack will be available via Games for Windows -LIVE for 1600 Microsoft Points.
Tour the Skies in Two All-New Planes
At launch, players will have the ability to purchase two new planes that offer entirely different flying experiences:
The Maule M-7-260C is a rugged utility aircraft that is especially adept at handling take-offs and landings on rough, unprepared surfaces. Players can find out what makes the Maule the plane of choice for adventurous bush pilots by trying tricky landing challenges that push the aircraft's ability to land on rough airstrips. They can enter the Maule's cockpit and take the controls to transport people and cargo to complete jobs and advance their pilot career.
The Maule M-7-260C including a richly detailed external model and a beautifully created cockpit will be available via Games for Windows_LIVE for 1200 Microsoft Points.
The North American P-51 Mustang is a historical fighter plane with strong performance characteristics, maneuverability and sharp looks. Stripped of guns and some weight, this version represents a restored Mustang that might be found at airshows today. The Mustang's superb agility makes it a great option to choose to complete hoops courses and master many other skilled challenges and missions found in the game.
The North American P-51 Mustang flyable from the outside will be available via Games for Windows_LIVE for 640 Microsoft Points.
All the aircraft have been created with detailed graphics and accurate physics: Some models allow players to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate cockpits and master authentic piloting procedures, or they can simply use their mouse and keyboard to control any plane in an exterior view. Players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making Microsoft Flight easy for beginners while still challenging the most accomplished PC pilots.
Thank you to our Beta Testers
We'd also like to thank our beta testers for their invaluable help in getting Microsoft Flight ready for takeoff.
Our executive producer, Joshua Howard, had this to say: "There was an overwhelming demand for access to the 'Microsoft Flight' beta and the number of requests was far more than what we initially planned for. We received amazing feedback from the beta participants and it's great to see this level of excitement from fans as we move toward the release of Microsoft Flight."
We hope you'll come fly with us on February 29th!
The Microsoft Flight Team