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Microsoft Flight Coming This Spring, Free to Download

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Posted on January 4, 2012 AT 05:06pm

THE BUZZ: For fans of Microsoft’s legendary Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise, the company is returning to the skies with Microsoft Flight—and boarding tickets won’t cost you a penny.

While the actual Microsoft Flight Simulator series—and its development team—are long gone, Microsoft Flight looks to hopefully bring back some of that fun. The main portion of the game will be free to play, but players will then be able to add extra content to the game via paid downloads.

As well, by connecting to the game through a Games for Windows Live account, you’ll receive additional planes, missions, have access to achievements, and more.

To register for the Microsoft Flight beta test, hit the link below.

EGM’s TAKE: The question now, of course, is with Microsoft Flight being (essentially) a free-to-play game, how much of the feeling and experience that people loved from Microsoft Flight Simulation will it bring along with it?

It’s a good question about the potential—or perils—of free-to-play games. Microsoft Flight might now only exist because free-to-play is a realistic option, which would be a good thing—but could the move to such a structure mean that it won’t be anywhere near as complex or detailed as it would have been as a standard retail release?

Source: Microsoft Flight Beta Test Sign-up

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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