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Microsoft Flight: The Return of Flight Simulator?

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Flight Sim is back!

Flight simulations just aren't selling anymore. Maybe that's because no one is making them, or is it that no one is buying them? Is it like the question of the chicken or egg? (Scientists now say that the chicken came first.)

Either way, Microsoft is plotting to release another flying game, but this one won't have the long title of "Microsoft Flight Simulator," instead simplify things with just "Microsoft Flight."

We don't know if it'll be a hardcore or casual affair yet, but hang on to those flight sticks and throttles!

Twenty-eight years after the debut of "Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0," Microsoft Game Studios also announced the internal development of "Microsoft Flight," a new Windows exclusive. "Microsoft Flight" will bring a new perspective to the long-standing genre, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight.

A teaser of the future of Flight on the Windows-based PC is available at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight

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    huron , August 18, 2010 11:12 AM
    I always wondered what happened to flight simulators...I love FPS as much as the next person, but there were some great simulator games - still would love to see a remake of X-Wing or TIE fighter with similar/same gameplay, but better graphics.
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    ZEPd3Z , August 18, 2010 11:50 AM
    Eyefinity full cockpit view, that would be sweet! :D 
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    huron , August 18, 2010 11:12 AM
    I always wondered what happened to flight simulators...I love FPS as much as the next person, but there were some great simulator games - still would love to see a remake of X-Wing or TIE fighter with similar/same gameplay, but better graphics.
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    chickenhoagie , August 18, 2010 11:13 AM
    hey, they make it with the upmost superb graphics and im sure that plenty of people will buy it. (just as long as the graphics can be toned down for lower end gfx cards as well)
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    welshmousepk , August 18, 2010 11:21 AM
    I'v never actually tried a flight sim. they seem far too mundane and to require a lot of time. perhaps i may take a chance with this new one though, if its a good reboot.

    i would much prefer an tie fighter remake though. i prefer flying games when i can shoot at stuff....
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    adikos , August 18, 2010 11:21 AM
    i remember playing the original MS Flight Simulator on an old black and white tandy. back then it was cooler than sliced bread, iirc since it was black and white it was hard to know what terrain you were under so that when you did crash land it would either say 'crashed', or 'splashed' depending on if you crashed into land or water.

    eitherway ive never been much of a flight sim guy, one of my old buds has a pilots license and he loves the game since he doesnt get a chance to go up anymore. so im glad they are keeping the title alive, im sure there is a niche market for it, just not a huge niche.
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    skykaptain , August 18, 2010 11:27 AM
    Where's my combat flight sim? I want to have my dogfights with P-51's with FSX graphics, or even better, make it with F-22's instead.
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    cmartin011 , August 18, 2010 11:34 AM
    how about a fighters anthology remake??? please i would die to be able to bring a game that caliber to come out i would so buy it for me and my son!
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    COLGeek , August 18, 2010 11:36 AM
    My father-in-law is in a holding pattern in anticipation of the release. As a former pilot who can no longer afford (nor is healthy enough) to fly, he gets incredible pleasure from the previous FS programs. Every time we visit,he "flys" me to a different airport he used to fly to. Good on MS (I am not their biggest fan) for bringing flight back to the masses.
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    irh_1974 , August 18, 2010 11:36 AM
    Great idea for a flight sim, link it to Google Maps to get a true representation of the world. Fly a 747 over your own house.
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    moomooman , August 18, 2010 11:38 AM
    I think there is a big market for this, when I supported flight sim I was dealing with everyone from kids to airline pilots, regular joes to retired pilots.

    I was talking to WW2 pilots (particularly with the combat FS) who could talk about what they got right or wrong about flight models and behaviour of ww2 aircraft, right down to ground handling with force feedback enabled.

    Pretty amazing talking to a guy about his experiences flying a Spitfire in the battle of britain.

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    drethon , August 18, 2010 11:38 AM
    They made the sim with the F-22 and F-23 about fifteen or twenty years ago, now about those graphics...
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    ZEPd3Z , August 18, 2010 11:50 AM
    Eyefinity full cockpit view, that would be sweet! :D 
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    Usersname , August 18, 2010 11:52 AM
    YAAAAWWWNNN!
    Waking... "Have we landed yet?"
    Adjacent passenger. "No, the landing gear folded up whilst we were sat on the runway"
    Looking around..."Nice Steward"
    Adjacent passenger. "Yeah. Cute bum"
    To adjacent passenger."Think he's gay"
    Adjacent passenger. "Probably."
    Applying lipstick..."Oh, well. We girls get left with the dross"
    ZZZZzzzzzzzz
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    gtvr , August 18, 2010 12:06 PM
    My favorite was MS Combat Flight Sim 1. They lost something with the 2nd & 3rd of that series - 3 was so boring I barely played it. Too much time attacking ground targets, and worrying about theater strategy stuff.

    An updated CFS, running on big monitors or even multiple monitors would be great. I want a LCD behind me that I have to crane my neck to see who's on my tail! Eyefinity with 3 in front for a panoramic view!

    I don't have all those monitors, but it would be a good excuse :D 
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    phych , August 18, 2010 12:10 PM
    I need Descent: Freespace 3!!!!!
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , August 18, 2010 12:13 PM
    Quote:
    (Scientists now say that the chicken came first.)


    Scientists are stupid, dinosaur eggs pre-date chickens, duh
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    JimmiG , August 18, 2010 12:16 PM
    This makes me very happy. I got into flight sims during the "golden era" of the late 90's, when we had Fly!, Pro Pilot, Flight Unlimited, Flight Simulator and X-Plane at the same time. Then they died away one after the other...

    X-Plane is still around and actively developed however. It's available for OSX, Windows, Linux, iOS and soon Android.

    Hopefully the new version of MSFS (sorry, MSF) will feature a more up to date graphics engine, better physics (lookup tables is so 1987) and incorporate more "gameplay" in the form of lessons, challenges and adventures. I was never a fan of flying a jet on auto pilot for 10 hours straight, but I did enjoy bush flying and flying older planes without any navigational aid, just a map, ruler and stop watch. Since it will be Windows exclusive, it should be more of a serious flight simulator than a "game".
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    dimar , August 18, 2010 12:43 PM
    I'll definitely but it :-)
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    distanted , August 18, 2010 12:44 PM
    Might be interesting to see Meigs Field in stereo...
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    Onus , August 18, 2010 1:03 PM
    Once upon a time, there were no chickens. Something that was not a chicken laid an egg, but that egg hatched into a chicken. So, the egg came first.

    Anyway, I no longer own a joystick. Hopefully this will be good enough that I'll want to buy one, but I'm not holding my breath.
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