Dev licenses Flight Simulator tech; new title due next year


— 9:09 AM on July 10, 2014

Microsoft's iconic Flight Simulator series is changing hands. Dovetail Games, the developer behind the Train Simulator franchise, has signed a deal to bring the last version of Flight Simulator to Steam. The studio has also acquired the rights to "develop and publish all-new flight products based on Microsoft’s genre-defining flight technology."

Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will hit Valve's digital distribution platform later this year. It includes the Deluxe Edition of the game plus the Acceleration Expansion Pack—all the official DLC, in other words. Flight Sim X was released way back in 2006, so it's more than a little dated. I hope the asking price reflects the game's age.

The Dovetail Games press release makes no mention of Microsoft's Flight, the free-to-play "casual simulation" that debuted in 2012. Flight was supposed to be the future of the sim series, but the franchise was grounded just a few months after the initial release. Dovetail apparently doesn't intend to revive it. The firm has licensed Microsoft's flight simulation engine, though. That technology will presumably be used to power Dovetail's own spin on the Flight Simulator series.

While it works to bring Flight Simulator X to Steam, Dovetail is "investigating new concepts" in the flight sim arena. The developer expects to release its first new product based on the franchise in 2015.

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