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Flight Sim World: New Flight Simulator Announced by DTG

Last updated Sun, 26 May 2019 15:48:25 GMT
Originally posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 15:54:03 GMT

So far, it looks like 2017 might be the year that flight simulation was revolutionized. Having already seen the latest release of X-Plane 11 hit the market, we now have the latest simulator from Dovetail Games. Given they have taken on the Microsoft Flight Simulator license already, we’re pretty confident that this is going to absolutely rock!

This program is, at the moment, en route to being released on the gaming platform Steam. While still in development, Dovetail Games are taking the same approach as many developers: they are releasing it on Early Access. This means that you can be an active part of the development and improvement of the software package as time passes. This latest release is going to allow fans to use it as it changes and improves, using their feedback to implement the best and most important additions to how the simulator handles itself.

Official FSW release artwork.
Official FSW release artwork.

What is Flight Sim World?

This latest simulator, then, introduces a new and rather unique insight to the world of flight simulation. Based upon ‘benchmark flight simulation technology’ this latest release is going to be all about mimicking realism as best they can. While realism is always something simulators strive for, Dovetail has made it clear that this is aiming to be the modern pinnacle of realistic aviation simulation.  After all, they have X-Plane 11 to compete with.

One of the most impressive parts of this new release stems from the GA aircraft. Officially licensed and made to follow the exact look and specs of the real aircraft, this will make learning and manipulation of real-life aircraft easier than ever before. The aim is to try and get that elite level of implementation available in every aircraft that is created. By basing it exactly on their genuine counterparts, this includes every gauge, every knob and each feature that can realistically be installed.

Greater Accuracy Than Ever Before

As the latest in a long line of simulation programs, this is bringing a whole new look and feel to the table. Not only do the aircraft included carry off the look and style of their authentic counterpart, it’s accentuated by the impressive detail going on under the hood. These may look and style themselves on the real aircraft with accuracy and craft, but they also fly like their real versions. With painstaking volumes of detail being put into aircraft that you can fly around with, you’ll get to see all of those features and formats come to life in the most dramatic way.

Screenshot from the Early Access Footage that shows a Mirage in FSW.
Screenshot from the Early Access Footage that shows a Mirage in FSW.

A delightful combination of effects from various different disciplines, this provides greater accuracy than it ever has in the past. From behind-the-scenes aviation mechanics to atmospheric mechanic management, these aircraft are going to feel far more challenging – and rewarding – to master. Not only will this help to create a deep and engrossing simulation experience, but it helps to improve the level of detail and learning that you can ascertain from every usage.

From watching the rain hit the windscreen and bounce off as it does in reality to witnesses amazing storms rage in front of you, this makes the world you inhabit feel more authentic. One of the major adjustments and improvements made here, though, stems from the physics engine. Now, aircraft behaves as it should in accordance with our own world rules and views.

From stalling to spins, it sounds like this new simulator is going to go above and beyond the norm to create that unique and engaging atmosphere both in and outside the cockpit.

A New Kind of Aviation Experience

One of the first things that stand out when looking at Flight Sim World’ release, though, is the level of variety it provides. While some will be more than happy to fire up FSW and enjoy a basic flight without much nuance or challenge, the opportunity to add parameters exists in abundance. Whether you just want to enjoy a simple, easy flight across a pristine and tranquil sky, or you want to put yourself in life-or-death situations, the opportunities exist in abundance.

Seneca V in FSW.
Seneca V in FSW.

You can set the weather to be as challenging as you like, as well as the condition of the aircraft and the skies above you. From flying into storms with a blown engine to trying to stop a rapid descent with very little wiggle room, this allows you to really push the realms of experimentation and excitement. You also get access to a new Flight Planner system that allows you to have total control over the whole experience.

From managing the weather that you are about to fly headlong into, to changing the location and the time of day, you have all the controls you need to make the experience your own. You can even add in randomized events that will take place during the flight to make your flight more unpredictable and even more challenging.

Set Your Own Rules

For those who would rather put their time and effort into mastering the world of creativity entirely, too, there is the option to do just that. The flight simulation community is known for being artistic and creative when it comes to making new content for other users to enjoy. Flight Sim World looks like it is going to be providing the same artistic license and creative flair to all users, through its extensive and exciting new Pro Mission Editor.

A highly detailed 3D virtual cockpit.
A highly detailed 3D virtual cockpit.

This allows you to set up customized scenarios that fit any kind of rules or demands that you would like to take on. This is a professional level of tool that can help you make flights that are of a minimal challenge, or to help you put together aviation experiences that are all about avoiding the most complex and minimal of challenges.

Whatever you feel is missing from your own mission logs, you can find all the help that you need to bring that to life and make it stand out once and for all. Set your own rules and make the chance of your success dependent on the choices and scenarios you implement!

A Modern Environment

For those who are involved in other strands of the simulation and gaming industry, FSW will be a godsend. Now, we have a software platform that allows us to really push our hardware to the very limits of performance!

This new 64-bit, modernized environment runs with a smoothness and a depth of performance that never existed. Now, this platform could be the basis of new release that allows for greater levels of graphical implementation and for more risks to be taken with features and inclusions. Thanks to this, then, a new and modernized environment is in the process of being created – in a manner that everyone can enjoy being a part of.

An example of the ground textures we can expect to find within the sim.
An example of the ground textures we can expect to find within the sim.

If you despair at the graphical gap between simulation and mainstream gaming, then this might be just what you were waiting for.

As the brainchild of the work of some of the finest simulation developers in the industry, FSW promises something totally different to what many of us are used to at present. Partnerships are expected in the future to help bring add-on DLC and premium content to help further expand the official hanger-list that we can pick from.

What about Freeware Add-ons and Downloads?

It has been confirmed that users will be able to generate their own content - that's definite.  What is still slightly unknown is whether enthusiasts and hobbyists will be able to create third-party freeware add-on packages such as aircraft, scenery, and missions like we have been doing for FSX for decades.  And if they are able to create them, will they have to be released via Dovetail's channels such as an in-app UGC browser or will they be allowed to be distributed over the Internet freely such as on this site, FlightSim, Avsim, Simviation... etc?  We are all hopeful.  We still have no information yet as to an official SDK.

We should have some more information on freeware add-ons next week.

Staying Involved

So, we’re not too far away from the release on Early Access. We’ll be bringing regular content updates about the latest changes and improvements that we have found about this wonderful new piece of kit.

As time passes and we draw closer to the full release date, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. Until then, be sure to download Steam and subscribe to the Flight Sim World page. Flight Sim World has now been discontinued, you can read the announcement here. Then, you can join the Early Access drive as soon as the opportunity comes to sign up and take to the skies in a wonderful, richly enhanced new world!

Last but not least, we have opened our Flight Sim World forum where you can join in on the discussion.

This is a hot topic, and we would love to hear your comments, opinions, and rambles in the comments section below!

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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jamesThu, 04 May 2017 17:35:58 GMT

I have always been passionate about FLIGHT! I have been a STRONG fan of Microsoft Flight Simulator from its inception and earlier versions ALL THE WAY to FSX. I CAN'T WAIT for the release of FSW. I'M SO EXCITED!!!

Hector Partidas RThu, 04 May 2017 17:57:02 GMT

Sounds good. Let´s wait and see. So far I stick to my FSX

alberto aldana Thu, 04 May 2017 18:25:05 GMT

ok referent to that x plane has otained the license of microsoft FSX - I'll be waiting for your news about it thanks aldana

mowingmadThu, 04 May 2017 18:52:00 GMT

Looking forward to it,do we get a discount seeing they robbed The last one from me. Gov a lot to love up to!

Roy HarperThu, 04 May 2017 19:20:47 GMT

as a 2000 hour pilot no longer able to fly for medical reasons. I fly fsx steam edition almost daily, and look forward to the release of flight sim world. I will be an early adopter. Though living in california now, I flew many hours from Manston, so know your area very well.


André BELVISOThu, 04 May 2017 19:23:10 GMT

Sorry !! Je ne comprends pas suffisamment l'Anglais (écrit et parlé) pour apprécier votre e-mail et donner un avis. Je ne suis pas certain d’avoir bien compris de quoi il s'agit.


ThemtonThu, 04 May 2017 19:24:00 GMT

I think all of you will Revolutionize Flight Simulation to the Next Level if its done Right. Many thanks and just couldn't wait for something New. Best Wishes.

OzzieThu, 04 May 2017 19:25:28 GMT

Finally. It's been long over due. I am from the very first generation of FS users and went through all the updates up and until FXS. Welcome Dovetail and Tks. Now all I need to know are the hardware requirements for the FS Dovetail version so I can shop for a new computer. Tks in advance.

Darin Thu, 04 May 2017 19:29:17 GMT

Will there be older airplanes like beechcrft skipper.

FernThu, 04 May 2017 19:44:19 GMT

What I want to know is if these "new" simulators will work with the PC completely off line or they want to go "register" with the vendor - to prevent piracy. The reason why I ask is because I bought FSX from Steam and, when the phone company changed something, Steam would no longer recognize my FS. When I contacted them they, in not so many words, told me to go fly a kite. I will not buy anything that only works on line, no matter how pretty.

SteveThu, 04 May 2017 20:02:21 GMT

I asked and they advised it is only for general aviation aircraft i fly the buss for my virtual airline a320 a319. They will be working on it. I plan to get it anyway. Sounds exciting and 64 bit

Stevie WonderThu, 04 May 2017 20:04:41 GMT

Looks awesome! Looks like I may have to make another PC upgrade though! May stick to FSX for a little longer.

PaulThu, 04 May 2017 20:17:52 GMT

Like so many other comments above, I too look forward with great anticipation for this new title....:)

MichaelThu, 04 May 2017 21:04:11 GMT

Welcome. Hope that addons inclusive scenery of fsx can be transferred. Welcome are also military planes with missions as DCS and also dvd version as not everyone has top internet speeds to download steam.It looks promising.

Cliff HargraveThu, 04 May 2017 21:37:17 GMT

Having been a long term FSX user I am looking forward to FSW

john stirzakerThu, 04 May 2017 21:42:37 GMT

just what i`ve been waiting for!

TimThu, 04 May 2017 21:44:07 GMT

Not wanting to rain on the parade but heard the same thing from MS about their "Flight" release which got so much ridicule people made "Hitler" you tube video's about it. Their display at CES in Las Vegas got them almost laughed out of the convention center.

One thing hardcore flight simulator enthusiasts will not tolerate is a "video game" platform.

Anything "new" must have at the minimum: ability to support multiple monitor set ups and scenery with actual landmarks a pilot can navigate with. I remember my first X-Plane 9 experience... yikes! Las Vegas looked like Pittsburgh with factories everywhere and green as can be..... nothing even closely resembling the real world area.

While "flight dynamics" has always been a hot topic, I have found with a little patience and tweaking, almost any FSX model can be made to fly pretty realistically. I think it is more important that all the knobs, buttons, dials and "gizmo's" work in the simulator as they would in the real plane. Simulator training is more about getting comfortable with a new aircraft type layout than it is "feel" as a static simulator will never feel like the real plane.

Other than all that negativity, I'd love to see something new bring new sim pilots into a world I have enjoyed for a long long time.

I just hope they take their time to make a "stable initial release" so they don't turn customers off with a product so far from completion the average sim pilot cannot see the value in the new system.

William O'NeillThu, 04 May 2017 23:49:17 GMT

Screw Steam. I've had more problems with them than anything. I (like an idiot) bought and downloaded the Steam Edition of FSX. It was no different except for the endless add-ons for $25-$50 a piece and when they didn't work and started crashing my Sim.....Steam offered no support. When I canceled payment on a Piper Archer add-on that never worked from day one, they locked up my entire Steam account even though I'd probably bought over $200.00 in other things. It's a gimmick that offers NO customer service whatsoever.

Buy the program direct.

Pro MemberFemiThomasThu, 04 May 2017 23:54:41 GMT

Will really appreciate updates to the FSX and Vpilot. It sometimes makes my system crash/hang and trust me, I use the top range "Alienware" computer.

Robert Vertalics SRFri, 05 May 2017 03:25:46 GMT

Hi ALL! Have waited for this for some time. I have a good system(AMD FX8350 @ 4.6, Radeon R9 280X, DDR3 Mem high Res Monitor(1080) with all the best tested tweaks & even with this,I only get good performance. With other games I get high frame rates,this should do well. :-))

Pasquale MarrulliFri, 05 May 2017 06:28:13 GMT

Sicuramente il fattore 64 bit mi sembra molto valido per la simulazione, ma mi chiedo, tutti gli scenari che noi sviluppatori abbiamo creato per FSX saranno compatibili per X Plane 11?, la Lockheed Martin con il suo P3D versione 3 e 4 lo ha reso possibile, attendiamo anche l'uscita di P3D a 64 bit. Buon volo a tutti

Eric RoweFri, 05 May 2017 07:02:07 GMT

Have been caught out with Steam before. Download is not up to it and would have to be a stand alone CD or its no go for me....specially as FSX is really zinging along fantastically at present, thanks to many hours of tweaking.

Pro MemberSkyscorpion71Fri, 05 May 2017 10:03:17 GMT

It´s nice to hear, there´s is the second line of flight sims (Microsoft-Line vs. Xplane-Line) back in compatition. I ask myself, if the ton´s of payware aircraft will also run in the new FSW or if there will be at least a conversion tool. Nevertheless - its fine to have companies dealing with aviation simulations. I will go on supporting those developers in buying FSW as soon as its available on the market (e.g. steam). I´m tensed what airplanes will come with the basepack. I have seen a Seneca V and a Piper Malibu I guess...

Derek RobertsonFri, 05 May 2017 12:48:55 GMT

I would like more details on this simulator

Eugene SlabbertFri, 05 May 2017 13:53:45 GMT

i am a pilot and have used Microsoft's FSim plus Accelerator as well as all previous versions since inception. When Microsoft ceased supporting the program I switched to MS Flight Simulator Steam. TheSteam program is obviously a copy of the original Microsoft version except for the following: In selecting long flights and flying normal speed, operation of the program is normal but as soon as higher speeds are selected , the screen goes into a wobble when selecting outside view . I never experienced this problem in the DVD version of Fsim and hope this problem has been removed in FSW version. Because I feel comfortable with FS Steam I prefer it to XPlane 10. Don't know what XPlane 11 is like though, have not tried it yet.

Eugene SlabbertFri, 05 May 2017 14:09:35 GMT

When will FSW become available for test download, how will this affect my existing FS Steam program and will you notify us when download is available ?

David BeckettFri, 05 May 2017 15:07:54 GMT

Will any of my Go-Flight and Saitek panels and instruments work with this new Flight Sim World?

AviatorMZFri, 05 May 2017 15:30:35 GMT

As an avid user of FSX and over 20k hours on sims as well as over 2k hours as an instructor, I used fsx heavily to refine my ifr procedures and so did my students. Now with FSW, I am hoping that we can now play at max resolution and that pur hardware today can make game play smoothe as silk. If they are successful people will now be able to create 3d environments with low budget projectors ;)

HeikkiFri, 05 May 2017 21:28:15 GMT

I truly have no respect for Dove tail. They made a dreadful excuse at prior flight sim, sold it on Steam, and left people shafted quite literally. The name of that awful sim was Flight school. It clearly wasn't based on any form of real stunk! They knew full well they would never do anything more with it, but they still shoved it out there for unwitting consumers to buy.

Their track record of previous sims is also awful. I am no fans of trains, and its that they should stick with because it's only that they have a real clue about. They are out of their depth when it comes to flying.

People are going to be sorely dissappointed in this dreadful company's offering. While FSX might no longer be the best, it's something Dovetail will get nowhere near on quality. They don't comprehend bugger all when it comes to flying, they demonstrated as such in their last terrible flying schoolr release!

Added to all of this, every single dlc for FSX has never received a single update, now this might not be dovetail's fault...but its going to be the exact same format they plan to take.. so they rake in the money grab on fsx, and then do it again by trying to clone thanks. I would rather stay with FSX because it will still be more than any developer who has no clue about flying sims will ever have.

Glen BohnkeSat, 06 May 2017 00:06:31 GMT

I want the flight sim software to reside on my computer. I am willing to pay for the package. I do not want internet dependence to run the program.

Douglas E HillSat, 06 May 2017 04:00:57 GMT

I'll give it some time to hear some comments. Now that I have added scenery and favorite planes to my FSX/S the only complaint I have is that some planes, the panel is so dark I cannot read them. I fly from the cockpit, and enjoy the scenery from "outside view" during instant "replay" I have been flying Microsoft since FS 95. My health and age prevent me from "real" flying any more. This is my real joy in life...

MartinSat, 06 May 2017 06:04:28 GMT

Yes, after so many years we now eventually have a passionate group of people who is going to provide us with hopefully the ultimate in Flight Simulation, well done FSW team, well done.

William DennisonSat, 06 May 2017 10:38:20 GMT

Noticed GA aircraft. Anything in there for passenger jetliners?

Benjamin Waid Meeker SrSun, 07 May 2017 04:23:37 GMT

Finally, glad I waited to build my next flight sim computer.

Can you guys please please please include the Lockheed Constellation with all of the working features like the freeware plan. You can control fuel valves, tanks, prop pitch, rpm, different supercharger modes, and so much more. The free one was amazing. The paid one just looked better but you could not control all the things like the free one. This is by far the most fun prop plane to fly. I fly the wing tank tip version. I would gladly pay 100 for this add-on at the stores if you can make it functionally detailed like the free one.

hurricaneSun, 07 May 2017 10:36:20 GMT

really excited cannot wait

Robert Lee Wicker, JrSun, 07 May 2017 11:12:51 GMT

I don't get all the worry about the Steam version being on the local system. I just bought FSX Steam and, I guarantee it's locally installed. I can fire it up with no internet service and it runs just fine.

FlyboyMon, 08 May 2017 11:49:59 GMT

Good news, will it run on a average PC windows 10?

KevinTue, 09 May 2017 02:23:50 GMT

I urge you to not hold your breath on this release. Dovetail games are the same developers that created Train-Sim World, which pardon the pun is an absolute train-wreck of game. Poorly optimized, lacking in detail and content. If Dovetail purchased the MFS license, that in my opinion i can guarantee the pioneering franchise of Microsoft Flight Simulator is as good as dead. My advice to anyone looking for a new FS, try XPLANE 11, i don't mean to sound like a promoter, but ever since i got, i cannot stop playing. It has brought new life into flight simulation an absolute marvel, trust me you would not be disappointed, i uninstalled my FSX several days after and haven't looked back since.

RichardFri, 12 May 2017 23:52:56 GMT

Does anyone know of the system hardware minimum and recommended requirements for this new product?

LennieWed, 26 Jul 2017 08:49:02 GMT

Am guessing, but I think they will make it that you buy different aircraft and scenery so they can keep the money rolling. Just like other games.

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