Browsing: Flight

October14th 2014 is the day planned by Microsoft to shutdown the servers of Flight. In facts, the multiplayer mode and various features of the game that was still for sale two years ago won’t be accessible anymore. Only the offline single player mode will remain, for its most part, working. After a short FAQ, Microsoft say thanks to its millions of Flight Simulator series customers, wishing them to land smoothly. That’s their way to leave the flight simulation users.

We have now heard directly from reliable sources, who have requested to remain undisclosed, that the ‘franchise’ sold recently by Microsoft is not that of FSX, but rather that of the newer “MSFlight”. We also learned that an official annoucement is to be expected soon, from the purchaser of the license. This entity, which we are not yet at freedom to divulge, is no stranger to the simulation market. We will, of course, keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.

Not many will mourn its passing, but when the XBox.com PC Marketplace closes next Thursday, users of Microsoft’s Flight sim will no longer be able to purchase new cockpitless aircraft to fly, or the add-on packs to fly them over Hawaii or Alaska. On their Facebook page, the Flight “community team” stated “Although you will no longer be able to purchase any MS Flight content after August 22nd, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows LIVE client software even if it was purchased through Steam.” We doubt many people will actually…

The MS Flight forum over at Avsim has come to life again – not with complaints about content this time, but rather with some good news, in the form of “Flight Tools”, which allow users to repaint the MS Flight aircraft in colours of their choosing. Right now, the liveries sticky at the top of the page is empty, but as the screenshot above, from Luis Feliz Tirado, shows – it certainly works in its current public beta form. The developer hopes that injecting liveries is only the beginning, so those who haven’t completely abandoned Flight might want to keep…

The dead sim that isn’t quite dead, apparently, would like to give its users a twist in the tail of the tale. And extract some more money from them, for preference. Some of you might be aware that following the demise of Flight as a live project, Microsoft have actually appointed someone to be a visible face of the sim and he has been posting blogs every few days on a variety of topics. Today’s post is slightly out of the norm, in that it sort of gives a final breath from the dead horse – one that could have…

Microsoft announced on Facebook that Flight development has ceased. Anyway, Flight will remain available for free download and the additional content for sale will be found in the same places, to cover a part of Alaska or Hawaii islands for example. The few people that purchased addons are not limited in use. For its five short months of life, I haven’t seen great enthusiasm and a massive community either behind this PC game. The most obvious and repeated criticism towards Microsoft has been to miss a Flight Simulator sequel : realistic, global, opened to third party developers. Will Microsoft listen,…

We’ll recycle the Alaska picture again to go with the latest announcement from Microsoft’s Flight’s team, I think. After all, they haven’t provided any new ones yet. “COMING SOON: DELUXE CARBON CUB! This classic plane just got even better with the addition of a full virtual cockpit! The deluxe Carbon Cub will be available 7/25/12.” So, as most predicted, Flight gets another two-seater – albeit one with a VC so you can fly it properly. We do have to wonder how well it will sell compared to the cockpitless warbirds, though!

See that little picture? It has apparently achieved the impossible – a post from the MS Flight team on their Facebook page that has more people pressing “Like” than complaining about what it is lacking. As usual, the image has been posted in the form of a teaser to try and get people guessing what the next release will be. That didn’t take very long, in that it’s pretty much certainly the “Deluxe” version of the Carbon Cub included with the Alaska package. They are touting this as a “new aircraft”, which a number of people have pointed out might…

Apparently you’ve seen that image once too often recently, but now it’s back for the right reasons – Microsoft have released their Alaska expansion for Flight through all the proper channels rather than Monday’s minor mess-up “due to a bug in the release testing process”. The package costs 1200 Microsoft Points inside Flight, or for $14.99 from the XBox Live store. Thanks to Boerries for letting us know.

Microsoft have announced a small amount of further detail regarding what will be included as part of their Alaska expansion for Flight. In a news article posted yesterday, they announced: “Prepare for takeoff! While exploring over 600,000 square miles of new scenery, 565 airports and 137 seaplane bases in the Land of the Midnight Sun, you’ll encounter new Gold Rushes, Challenge Courses and Landing Challenges. You’ll also receive a basic version of the Carbon Cub. Get ready to tackle the Alaskan wilderness, coming soon on Games for Windows—LIVE and Steam.”

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