Microsoft Flight

Microsoft Flight development stops

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All work has ceased on free to play flight sim, Microsoft Flight. A report on Kotaku mentions lay-offs at Microsoft's Vancouver studio, and Microsoft has since confirmed that there will be no more updates for the game as a result, though the client will still be downloadable for those who want to try it.

"Microsoft Studios is always evaluating its portfolio of products to determine what is best for gamers, families and the company, and this decision was the result of the natural ebb and flow of our portfolio management," they said in a statement.

PC Gamer weekly round-up

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The big news this week was a surplus of information on Crysis 3 - but it's stealth action FPS Dishonored that creeped in and impressed us with its old-school open-ended sensibilities. Elsewhere, our hopes for STALKER 2 were finally and tragically squashed, but new tidbits of information just might have slipped out about Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

We also took a closer look at Sniper Elite: V2, Guild Wars 2, Microsoft Flight, and TERA. Read on for a full list of this week's biggest stories.

Microsoft Flight review

Steve Hogarty at

I’ve never been birthed by Enya. I’ve never even gestated inside her womb. But I imagine the experience of floating around inside her amniotic fluid as a foetus is similar to visiting Microsoft Flight’s main menu.

The flight sim wastes no time in serenading you in an echoing, listless wail of lyric-free yawning and aspirational, muffled lady-howls, albeit set against a rolling, majestic cloudscape rather than the Gaelic songstress’s pelvic floor. It’s quite relaxing really, a bit like being dead.

Free-to-play Microsoft Flight clearing the runway this spring

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Microsoft Flight - the spiritual successor to the Flight Simulator series - is just about to touch down. Major Nelson's pegged the latest triumph in man's never-ending war on gravity with a "spring" launch date. He has, however, also dropped a couple other details that may - depending on personal preferences - make you want to praise the heavens or call in an airstrike.

Microsoft Flight beta takes off in January

Owen Hill at

The Microsoft Flight beta has started accepting signups. The testing period begins in January. To apply for early access, locate your Windows Live ID and password and click here.

Microsoft Flight was first announced at Gamescom 2010. It looks a lot like classic plane sim, Microsoft Flight Simulator. Click through for the trailer, even though it give absolutely nothing away. Apart from the fact that planes and oceans are going to be involved. Oh, and dreams; childhood dreams will also feature.

Microsoft: "It is our job to lead the way on PC"

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Microsoft has admitted that it needs to "step up" on the PC front. Dave Luehmann, Microsoft Game Studio's general manager, has said, "Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC." How do you reckon they should do that, then?

Microsoft Flight: a new dawn for Flight Sim?

Tim Edwards at

At Gamescom today, Microsoft have announced Microsoft Flight, a new flight-sim that they intend to "bring a new perspective to the long-standing genre, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight." Flight is being developed by Microsoft Games Studios. Here's the Microsoft Flight trailer. As you'd expect, Microsoft are emphasising Games for Windows Live connectivity - including achievements, voice messages, and "cross-platform communication". The new Flight game follows Microsoft's closure of ACES studio, the long-term developer of the Flight Sim series, in January last year.

Hell freezes over: Microsoft's "return to PC gaming"

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We're live at Gamescom, where Microsoft have just revealed two new PC games. Insane, I know. They're revivals of two classic franchises. Age of Empires and Flight Sim, named Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight respectively.

Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer has said this about their "return to PC gaming" at Gamescom: