The original Flight Simulator PC games weren't for everyone, but they provided hours of educational entertainment for those who wanted to really see what being a pilot involves. Microsoft is now trying to revive the brand as Microsoft Flight, with a free-to-play download taxiing into position for takeoff this spring, a press release confirms.
The PC-only release will allow players to soar over the skies of Hawaii's Big Island, with added bonuses coming to those who link the game with their Games for Windows Live profile. In addition to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile, registered players will also receive additional free content that includes the Boeing Stearman plane and extra missions.
This being a F2P release, you can also of course expect there to be microtransactions. If you enjoy your time flying the friendly skies above Hawaii, you'll be able to further enhance the experience by shelling out actual money for new aircraft, customization options and locations. The press release also mentions that there will be daily content updates in the form of aerocache challenges, which seems to be some sort of hidden collectible.
One of the neat inclusions in MS Flight is the ICON A5 aircraft, a new design from the engineers behind the Voyager spaceship that is set to go into production at the end of this year. It's an "amphibious monoplane" described as "the jet sky for the skies," and it's apparently the first aircraft that will be available to players in the game. You can find out more at the official Microsoft Flight website or just go ahead and sign up for the upcoming closed beta.