Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

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DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 8:00am
Dovetail Games to launch two new flight simulation titles in 2016 (Official)
After months of speculation we are very excited to finally be able to lift the lid on our plans for the future of flight simulation with the announcement of Dovetail Games Flight School. We understand that some of you may have not been expecting us to head in this direction, and so you probably have lots of questions about what is happening. We have therefore created this dedicated space for you to ask questions and for us to answer them.

The big questions are: What is happening with the announced Dovetail Games Flight Simulator (DFS)? Are Flight School and DFS the same? Will Flight School turn into DFS?

Firstly, Flight School is not DFS. Flight School is a standalone experience designed to teach players the basics of flight simulation in a fun, accessible way. Flight Simulator is still very much in active development, and upon release will be a much bigger and feature-rich simulator.

Why have we made Flight School? What is our intent for this new simulator?

We have spent the last two years listening to both existing and would-be simmers alike. We have been intent on discovering what keeps you all simming, and what stops those who would like to get into flight simulation from doing so. We learned that flight simulation appeals to an incredible amount of people, a lot of which find it too hard to get started with. It is our aim to reclaim those would-be simmers, but in order to do so, we need to present flight simulation in a way that doesn't initially overwhelm them. That is where Flight School comes in.

So you didn’t develop Flight School with existing simmers in mind, you may ask?

Flight School has been developed to give anyone who wants to give flight simming a try the chance to do so. While established simmers will likely already know what we are aiming to teach, it is a chance to get an early preview of some of the new technologies we have implemented which will be carried over to DFS. Of course if you fancy brushing up on your skills or putting them to the test, then Flight School has piloting tests and missions which will also do just that.

But enough about Flight School – here is what you can expect from DFS.

Dovetail Games Flight School and Dovetail Games Flight Simulator do share the same underlying technology. In 2014, we acquired the rights to develop and publish new flight simulators utilizing Microsoft’s genre-defining flight simulation technology. This means that both Flight School and Flight Simulator are based on an evolution of Flight Simulator X technology.

Our goal is to put flight simulation at the forefront of people’s minds once more and present the genre in a way that doesn't initially overwhelm new simmers. With Flight School, we have created a realistic representation of how pilots learn to fly. Flight Simulator builds upon the foundations of Flight School, however it will include more content, additional features, and will extend the technology even further… and that’s just the beginning!

DTG Flight Simulator is still very much in development and is planned to be more expansive and evolved than Flight School. We are committed to developing a cutting edge flight simulator which takes full advantage of modern PCs and can be continuously built upon. For starters, Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will be a 64-bit simulator using DirectX 11 and take full advantage of modern GPU and CPU performance.

We are in this for the long term and intend to support and expand upon DFS for years to come. We aren’t just going to make a new simulator – we intend to build a new simulation platform which grows with you, our players, over time.

And finally, yes, Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will include a Free Flight mode which will allow you to explore and fly wherever you want in the world from the very start.
Right now the team is heads down working hard on developing the sim to its fullest potential, so we may go a little quiet for a while until we have more news to share. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to answer as many of them as we can.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, we consider ourselves to be very lucky to be part of such a passionate community of simmers.

Want to find out more about Dovetail Games Flight School? Find us online here:

Website: www.dtgflightschool.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dtgflightschool
Twitter: @dtgflightschool

Want to talk about Dovetail Games Flight Simulator? Check out the new dedicated DFS sub forum here on Steam:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/314160/discussions/16/

You can also download our announcement pack from the link below if you would like talk about this news on your website, blog or YouTube channel.

Download the announcement pack:

Press Announcement – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034581.pdf
Community Announcement – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034582.pdf
DTG Flight School Art – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034566.jpg
DTG Flight School Screenshot - https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034553.jpg

- The Dovetail Games Flight Simulation Team


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DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 8:02am 
Introducing Dovetail Games Flight School

Since acquiring the rights to develop and publish new titles utilizing Microsoft’s genre-defining flight simulation technology back in 2014, Dovetail Games has been clear about its intent to make headlines in the flight simulation category. Today, it is pleased to announce that it will launch two brand new flight simulators in 2016.

Dovetail Games Flight School is first to arrive, and is set to release in April 2016, with Dovetail Games Flight Simulator scheduled for launch in the latter part of the year.

Flight School is a carefully crafted and rewarding experience designed to teach would-be pilots the basics of flying a light aircraft as well as the essential premises of flight simulation. It will offer newcomers to flight simming an engaging and accessible introduction to aviation, whilst also being highly realistic and authentic. Players will learn to fly in iconic training aircraft, undertaking a series of tutorials and training missions, which will provide the perfect introduction to the genre. There will also be a Free Flight mode, for those players who want to head off and explore the entire world.

“Flying an aircraft is a rewarding, awe-inspiring experience unlike any other and we want to give more people the opportunity to enjoy that by breaking down the barriers that make flight simulation feel inaccessible,” said Stephen Hood, Creative Director at Dovetail Games. “By empowering players to handle the controls of the aircraft, we will help them to immerse themselves in the very best and most thrilling aspects of flying in an up-to-date and technically cutting edge environment.”

Paul Jackson, CEO at Dovetail Games added, “People have always dreamt of being able to fly and through Flight School we aim to satisfy that dream and give people the opportunity not only to learn to fly, but to really soar as they explore the world. Flight simulation has always been important in the world of gaming but it hasn’t kept up - the core experience hasn’t progressed since the launch of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X back in 2006 and that means we’ve missed at least one or maybe even two generations of players who would have adored flight simming, but for whom it wasn’t appropriate. Our aim is to get back to that place, to restore the former glory of flight simulation as an enjoyable and engaging pastime. Consumers today expect a much slicker experience across all genres. They want simulations that are realistic but also accessible. They want to be led to a place where the focus can be on reaching great levels of accomplishment, rather than struggling to get to grips with the operational aspects. And that’s precisely what Flight School will deliver.”

Dovetail Games Flight School and Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will both be available on PC.
Twaz Feb 11 @ 8:11am 
sounds cool
I am incredibly excited for this! Good luck and thank you. Will DFS still run on PC'S that aren't amazing but are still good?
when will dfs be released?
Morag Feb 11 @ 8:17am 
I really hope you pull this off and it becomes a big success. Both releases will be day one purchases for me.
Originally posted by Matthew BusFair:
when will dfs be released?

Reading helps.

"Dovetail Games Flight School is first to arrive, and is set to release in April 2016, with Dovetail Games Flight Simulator scheduled for launch in the latter part of the year."


A question for Martin: Microsoft Flight (not FSX) was the lastest product of the Flight Sim series released to the public and it featured an improved FSX engine already. Some modders also managed to run the whole FSX scenery on Microsoft Flight.
Why your game will be based on FSX engine and not the Microsoft Flight one, being that the latter was the most updated one? Or the DFS engine is actually a merge and improved version that will surpass both?
I am ahrdcore long term flight simulator user, i wanted to be a pilot but a heart transplant and following diabetes have forbidden me to do so.
I am not hoping for anything good, i personally think you are just going to ruin it, "MS Flight" it or worse, specially after reading "They want simulations that are realistic but also accessible." that sentence gave me a BAAAAD feeling, so all in all guys, do not hold your breath.
DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 8:48am 
Originally posted by Matthew BusFair:
when will dfs be released?

Flight School is due out in April Matthew and Flight Simulator is due out towards the end of the year.

- Martin
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DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 8:49am 
Originally posted by Astondragon:
I am incredibly excited for this! Good luck and thank you. Will DFS still run on PC'S that aren't amazing but are still good?

We will be confirming the system specs needed for DFS closer to release window. We are not sure yet because we are still making it!

- Martin
Kabacus Feb 11 @ 8:58am 
It is what I was expecting, and more (thankfully). Good news from what you have been able to tell us.

Thanks for the update.
Will the add-ons I am currently buying for the Steam addition be compatable with the new Sim ?

John
pmb2015 Feb 11 @ 9:03am 
Generally, I judge this as good news. Will you have 3rd parties involved in Flightschool and/or Flightsimulator? Unfortunately, this aspect isn't touched upon in the press release at all.

Thanks and kind regards, Michael
DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 9:04am 
Originally posted by johnnnyboy:
Will the add-ons I am currently buying for the Steam addition be compatable with the new Sim ?

John

Flight school is a standalone experience and is not compatible with add-ons or content released for other simulators. We will have more news about DTG Flight Simulator over the coming months John.

- Martin
Thanks for the quick reply Martin, I'll look forward to these new editions,count me in!
DTG_Martin  [developer] Feb 11 @ 9:13am 
Originally posted by michael.basler:
Generally, I judge this as good news. Will you have 3rd parties involved in Flightschool and/or Flightsimulator? Unfortunately, this aspect isn't touched upon in the press release at all.

Thanks and kind regards, Michael

There are currently no plans to include third party content in Flight School. That will really be a standalone experience focused on learning to fly. DTG Flight Simulator is a different story, we will absolutely be looking to work with third party developers just like we have been doing with FSX: Steam Edition.

- Martin
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