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Microsoft Flight Simulator returns — and one is coming to Steam

Above: Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming back.

To the delight of flight-sim fans, Dovetail Games has licensed the exclusive rights to make all-new flight games using tech from Microsoft’s series. A new game is expected to debut in 2015, and the gold edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator X is coming to Steam. If it can revive the franchise, it could turn into a lucrative business and teach big game publishers a lesson in how to make fans happy.

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator games were a staple on the PC for decades, but it took a nosedive in popularity and the company discontinued the series in 2009. It tried for a revival with Microsoft Flight in 2012, but that game did poorly, too.

The Chatham, England-based Dovetail is the maker of the Train Simulator franchise. Under the deal, it will release 2006’s Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition as Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition on Valve’s digital distribution store.

The games were great for training pilots and introducing young people to flight, but they were regularly panned as boring in comparison to combat flight simulators. But the whole category, once a vibrant part of the game landscape, has declined in popularity.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X cockpit view

Above: Microsoft Flight Simulator X cockpit view

Image Credit: Microsoft

The Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will include the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack in one bundle. Dovetail Games will debut the Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition on Steam in late 2014.

“I am delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft as part of this agreement,” said Paul Jackson, the CEO of Dovetail Games, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be exploring new flight simulation opportunities using Microsoft’s technology, and look forward to using our extensive expertise of Steam publishing to successfully bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to a broad new audience on the Steam platform. This partnership is perfectly timed to support our expansion into new areas of simulation.”

“When it comes to licensing our simulation engine, Dovetail Games is the obvious choice for us to work with. We respect their approach in terms of delivering premium quality simulation games and look forward to seeing their vision of the next chapter in flight simulations unfold,” said Kevin Perry, the executive producer at Microsoft, in a statement. “In addition to that, they have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to launch simulation products successfully via online platforms, making them the ideal partner to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.”

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14 comments
Nicholas Schuester
Nicholas Schuester

Dovetail only has permission to rebrand and release. Unlike LM's P3D, this deal does not allow Dovetail to implement any graphical updates to FSX. Going by Dovetail's track record with Railworks, they are just trying to squeeze every bit of money out of FSX with the rebrand and releasing their own DLC.


For example, did you know that if you created an add-on for Railworks and released it on Steam, you are not allowed to create or release the same add on for any other sim?


Dovetail is a horrible company and this is nothing to get excited about. We already have proper sims not riddled with DRM and in-game DLC advertising like FSX and P3D, both of which readily available. There are zero reasons one should buy an 8-year-old game just because it's being put on Steam and given a fancy main menu.

Tim Fox
Tim Fox

They need to make it photo realistic..

Tasos Kaiafas
Tasos Kaiafas

That's how I learned to virtually fly a plane.

John Sammons
John Sammons

FS let me solo in 10.1 hours................ :D

Jack S Wolfie
Jack S Wolfie

I remember working on a version or two of it... x_x

John Lear
John Lear

I still fly every day and night. Many of the die hards do now using public and private servers, some with massive Virtual Airlines.   Some are free like fslive.eu and some are pay per use like fsairlines.net. Thats just twoof the ones my Virtual Airline uses

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