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Microsoft Flight launches this spring

Flight Simulator series "reconceived from the ground up"

Free to play PC game Microsoft Flight will launch this spring.

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Having closed first party Flight Simulator developer Aces Studio back in January 2009, Microsoft says "one of the most successful franchises of all time has been reconceived from the ground up" for Microsoft Flight.

Here's the official description

A PC game that lets players jump into the challenge, fun, and freedom of flight. Microsoft Flight will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island.

In Microsoft Flight, players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. 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, making Microsoft Flight easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.

While free to play, those hoping for a deeper experience will be able to purchase additional content including new aircraft, regions and customisation options.

The game will be playable at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 10-13. Those interested can sign up for the closed beta.

Microsoft Flight executive producer Joshua Howard said: "Many people dream of flying, but few have the chance to experience the fun of exploring the world from above.

"Microsoft Flight provides players the opportunity to explore that curiosity and interest. Aviation can be incredibly technical, but we've taken great care to build an experience that makes taking to the skies thrilling and accessible for everyone."

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