January 9, 2012 — If you can’t yet fly in the sky, take heart. At least you’ll be able to fly via your computer with Microsoft Flight. And you can do it for free.
The Microsoft Studios PC game, Microsoft Flight, will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.
Players who want more than an aircraft or two and the island of Hawaii to wing around, however, will have to pay for added content, such as new aircraft, regions, and customization options.
According to a company press release, 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.
Microsoft’s popular Flight Simulator X was ended in 2009, then in 2010 the company announced that Microsoft Flight was in the works. Microsoft Flight differs from Flight Simulator X by approaching the virtual flight genre from the ground up, with the focus on the universal appeal of the experience off flight. “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,” the company states.
In addition, players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account receive additional free content. Content is updated virtually. You can fly solo or join an entire global flight community online.
To view video of Microsoft Flight click here and then on the video tab. If you want to be a beta user before the public release, apply here.
Microsoft Flight puts you right in the cockpit. It will be released for free this spring. Image credit: Microsoft
Microsoft Flight allows you to virtually fly over the Big Island. Image credit: Microsoft Flight
Taxiing and ready to take off! Image credit Microsoft Flight