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Microsoft Flight Simulator Will Return For Free

Submitted by on January 9, 2012 – 12:00 pm22 Comments

Microsoft is attempting to revive their once-popular Flight Simulator, now calling it Microsoft Flight. To sweeten the deal and attract new users (or bring back the old ones), the company announced that the most basic version of the program will be completely free.

The “freemium” program will offer one location (Hawaii) and several aircraft at no cost. Users who want more options can pay to unlock additional content.

Flight simulation programs were once popular computer games, but have become even more of a niche as gaming itself went mainstream. While technology has become dominated by ease and accessibility, flight simulators were loved by a select few for their realistic challenges. “Gamepads are in today,” writes Matt Peckham at PC World, “while joysticks, yokes, and rudder pedals seem like artifacts from an archeological dig.”

Microsoft seems to have noticed, and is responding: the Flight website says that “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.”

What do you think? Will Microsoft Flight soar or will it face bumpy skies?

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