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Microsoft Flight Simulator was the low-key best reveal of E3 2019


With all the big announcements at this year's E3, from Watch Dogs Legion to Elden Ring, I really didn't expect the return of Microsoft Flight Simulator to be the thing that excited me the most. Revealed on stage at the Xbox briefing in the form of a beautiful, understated trailer, this is the first proper game in the series since 2006's Flight Simulator X and it's due for release in 2020. Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of gaming, told us that the return of Flight Simulator is an example of the company's renewed commitment to PC gaming. You can trace the series' lineage back as far as the late '70s, but even starting at the first Microsoft-branded iteration—1982's Flight Simulator 1. 0—this is a series that has existed for almost 40 years. It even predates Windows. body . hawk-widget{width:100%;letter-spacing:normal;}. _hawk.

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icon~. hawk-widget{clear:both;}@media (min-width:400px){body . buyingguide . product . hawk-widget. bg-price{float:right;width:40%;}}Microsoft's last attempt to bring the series back was in 2012 with the free-to-play Microsoft Flight, a more casual aviation sim than previous entries in the series. Our reviewer enjoyed it, but just six months after release it was grounded permanently. In 2014 developer Dovetail Games agreed a licensing deal with Microsoft and brought Flight Simulator X to Steam. But other than that brief resurgence, the series had been left forgotten and rusting in a hangar.

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