At the ripe old age of 30, Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of longest-running PC game series of all time. The last revision of the game, Flight Simulator X was released in 2006. Unfortunately in 2009 during Microsoft’s cost cutting rampage, the development team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator was shut down and the project essentially crashed and burned.
Fast forward to 2012 however and we find that Microsoft have brought back the flight simulator franchise with “Microsoft Flight” and not only have they revived it, it’s now free-to-play. Like many other free to play games, we see the introduction of a DLC (downloadable content) model which provides the option to purchase and download extra content, aircrafts, scenery and game packs.
After passing through the tutorial, you can access the free flight mode which allows you to roam pretty much wherever you like. Maps are limited with the free version but having specific maps as DLC content is a great idea and we assume if maps are not available right now, they will be at some point in the future.
It’s fantastic to see this game back and free to boot, so what are you waiting for. Fly over to Microsofts Flight page and start downloading.