Following the Press Event to which we were invited at the end of last year, we told you that at some point early in the new year, we would be told and be able to tell you more about the new sim. Well, today, Microsoft have made available more detailed information about it’s upcoming title in the flight simulaton series: Flight.
With an expected release date set in Spring 2012, Flight will be distributed via download only … no word for now about any boxed version:
“The starter pack is free to play and includes the Icon A5 and the Big Island of Hawaii. Pricing for game add-ons will vary.”
Further details on future add-ons were not revealed other then that ‘pricing for game add-ons will vary’.
“Microsoft Flight is an entirely new PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight with no special hardware or past experience. 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.“
More and product specifications after the jump…..
“Features: Top features include the following:
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 region-specific weather patterns, foliage and terrain, landmarks and flight physics. Players can explore in highly rendered, accurate cockpits of airplanes, or fly with a view of the airplane from the outside.”
Product Specifications: Microsoft Flight is optimized for the average PC user, with no special hardware required.
- Dual Core Processor 2.0 GHz
- 256MB graphics card, DirectX 9.0c compliant
- 10GB hard drive space
- WinXP SP3 or newer
- 2GB RAM
- 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
For the moment, we’ll leave you to make of that what you will, without further comment from us. We’d welcome your feedback, though, either via the comments box below, or via the Microsoft Flight forum, if you’d rather have more characters available!