Could Flight Simulator take off again?

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There was a time when Microsoft Flight Simulator was one of the most well known and respected names in digital aviation. In 2009 the company that made the games bearing the name, ACES, was shut down by Microsoft in a series of studio closures by the company. That came much to the dismay of the thousands of people who sat at their PCs pretending to fly planes. It looks like Flight Simulator could soar once again.

Microsoft has signed a licencing agreement with Dovetail Games to to develop and publish a series of games "based on Microsoft’s genre-defining flight technology." Dovetail Games is responsible for one of the few simulator games that isn’t out to take the piss: Train Simulator.

Their new games won’t be branded as Microsoft Flight Simulator, but they’ll be just that, in spirit. The licencing deal also gives Dovetail the rights to publish 2006’s Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition on Steam later this year. It’ll feature that game’s expansions.

"We are thrilled to be exploring new flight simulation opportunities using Microsoft’s technology, and look forward to using our extensive expertise of Steam publishing to successfully bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to a broad new audience on the Steam platform," says Dovetail CEO Paul Jackson.

Flight Simulator got a more casual, free-to-play reboot in 2012 as Microsoft Flight, but the entire endeavour was ill-fated; it’s servers are set to shut down in October.

Last Updated: July 10, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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