Microsoft Flight : February 29th 2012 – July 26th 2012

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, at least, to the oldest and most faithful community in the PC game and simulator world ever ?

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Michel
Sunday, July 29, 2012 20:55

I just posted a feedback and after posting it noticed that I typed my email incorectly, I apologize…. in that post i was wondering if MS will think about packaging an open source / SDK version and sell it online…

Cheers

Johan
Sunday, July 29, 2012 21:41
Reply to  Michel

Extremely unlikely. At Avsim Kevin “Gibbage” Miller, an early developer of MS Flight who left the project a year ago, writes: “Fourth, will MS release the SDK or code? I doubt this very much. MS is not one to share its hard work with the world for free. Could OrbX, A2A or even REX take it over? I doubt all of them put together could gather enough money to make it worth MS to sell the code or license. I truly wish someone will take over and move the Flight IP out from MS, as the base code and SDK… Read more »

Michel
Monday, July 30, 2012 03:09
Reply to  Johan

Yeah I see, I was just dreaming 🙂

Alexh617
Saturday, July 28, 2012 17:26

Microsoft could have made flight work if they had made a full heated decision. If they had decided to produce an arcade styled combat flight sim, complete with fast jets and weapons, it would have worked. Similarly if they had taken the time and effort to create a fully functional flight simulator to the standards of P3D or acceleration, and allowed 3rd party addons, we could now be talking about the next great flight sim. But we’re not, and why? Because Mocrosoft decided to go half and half. An arcade styled general aviation sim with just one scenery, no big… Read more »

jcomm
Saturday, July 28, 2012 08:22

+1

Ian P’s view.

I am really disappointed – I was really enjoying FLIGHT…

dino
Friday, July 27, 2012 20:42

this was bound to happen..

Jetranger
Friday, July 27, 2012 17:41

What really got me was hearing from those that did try FLIGHT, and were deeply Disappointed that many of the Aircraft only had Panels, and NO Virtual Cockpits or Virtual passenger cabins ! and they wanted you to PAY a fair sum of money for these 1.2 assed unfinished looking aircraft. Yet – I can go to a reputable web site and Download a decent Quality Aircraft made by either the Great Milton Shupe or Jens Kristensen, and their FREEWARE Aircraft have a really good awsum looking Virtual cockpit and passenger cabin in fairly good detail and all the gauges… Read more »

Ian P
Friday, July 27, 2012 22:37
Reply to  Jetranger

The funny thing is that we agree on probably 90% of the faults in Flight – one of the biggest being that content was way too slow coming and overpriced for what you got. While someone who wants to fly with a HUD in an external view can always just ignore a cockpit view, the converse is not true. The funny thing is that I still believe – as I stated before Flight was even released – that Flight and its failure is indicative of exactly why Microsoft management will never get what they want. They are still bleating about… Read more »