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Microsoft Flight

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Microsoft
Release Date: Feb. 29, 2012

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'Microsoft Flight' Coming This Spring, For Free - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2012 @ 8:11 a.m. PST

Microsoft Flight brings a new perspective to the long-standing franchise, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight. From new game play elements and enhanced scenery and terrain to new aircraft and integrated content marketplace, it is an entirely new breed of virtual flight.

Microsoft Flight approaches the virtual flight genre from the ground up, with the focus on the universal appeal of the experience of Flight. The simplicity of Microsoft Flight perfectly captures that vision while welcoming the millions of existing Flight Simulator fans. The new “Microsoft Flight” retains the full fidelity simulation longtime fans have come to expect while offering all players a whole new look and feel, a wide range of new game play and challenges, persistent experiences and social connectivity.

Whether players want to fly freely or choose to master real instruments and controls, “Microsoft Flight” is easy for a beginner while challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots. The game immerses players in the flying experience with realistic graphics and accurate physics, and will continually evolve with new terrain, aircraft and challenges that can be downloaded via expansion packs.

“Microsoft Flight” will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.

In “Microsoft Flight,” players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Players can choose to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures, or simply use their mouse and keyboard to control the plane in an exterior view. More experienced players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making “Microsoft Flight” easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.

“Many people dream of flying, but few have the chance to experience the fun of exploring the world from above. ‘Microsoft Flight’ provides players the opportunity to explore that curiosity and interest,” said Joshua Howard, executive producer of “Microsoft Flight.” “Aviation can be incredibly technical, but we’ve taken great care to build an experience that makes taking to the skies thrilling and accessible for everyone.”

After downloading “Microsoft Flight” for free, players can jump into hours of exciting gameplay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In addition, players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account automatically receive additional free content, including the legendary Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile. Those looking to deepen their experience can purchase and download additional content that adds new aircraft, regions and customization options. The frequently released new content for “Microsoft Flight” includes daily aerocache challenges and updates that make every flight unique and fun.

Microsoft Studios worked with the personal airplane manufacturing team at ICON Aircraft to give aviation fans the exclusive opportunity to fly the all-new ICON A5 before real-world production starts at the end of 2012. Designed by the world-class aeronautical engineers behind the Voyager spaceship, X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo, the ICON A5 is the “jet ski for the skies,” a high-wing amphibious monoplane with a carbon fiber airframe and a comfortable, automobile-inspired cockpit with space for two. The ICON A5 will be the first aircraft available to players for free in “Microsoft Flight.”

“ICON Aircraft and ‘Microsoft Flight’ both share the goal of making the fun of flying accessible to everyone who’s ever dreamed about it. ICON does this by fusing world-class product design with the very best engineering, and Microsoft by combining the excitement of a great gaming experience with the authenticity of a top notch flight simulator,” said ICON Aircraft CEO Kirk Hawkins.


  • You’re at the Controls. “Microsoft Flight” offers hours of exciting gameplay for free with the initial download. Set the pace by choosing to turn on flight aids or use the cockpit controls to perform authentic piloting procedures. Choose how to play, whether it’s completing missions, finishing challenges, exploring the sky or finding aerocaches.  Players looking to deepen their experience can download additional packs that add new aircraft, regions and customization options. As a player’s experience grows, so too does “Microsoft Flight,” with frequently released new content like daily aerocache challenges and regular mission updates designed to keep the experience fresh.
  • If You Can Use a Mouse, You Can Fly. With “Microsoft Flight,” players can jump into the challenge and fun of flying with no special hardware or past experience. At the push of a button players can see all available missions, be transported to specific locations, view the airplanes in their hangar, or track and share accomplishments. After a brief tutorial, they’ll be soaring past the lush, breathtaking cliffs of the historic Waipio Valley or witnessing the vast crevices of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a view from above.
  • Stunning Realism. “Microsoft Flight” features a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth with region-specific weather patterns, foliage and terrain, landmarks and flight physics. Players can explore the world in highly rendered, accurate cockpits of airplanes, or fly with a view of the airplane from the outside.

System Requirements:

  • Minimum:
    • Dual Core Processor 2.0 GHz
    • 256MB graphics card, DirectX 9.0c compliant
    • 10GB hard drive space
    • WinXP SP3 or newer
    • 2GB RAM
  • Recommended
    • Dual Core Processor 3.0 GHz
    • 1024MB graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5670 or nVidia GeForce 9800T or equivalent
    • 30 GB hard drive space
    • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
    • 6GB Ram 

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