Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition prepares for landing on December 18

Dovetail Games, the studio behind the ever-so-popular Train Simulator franchise, has announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will be hitting the PC on December 18. The version of Microsoft's Flight Simulator X will provide gamers with an overhauled airborne experience with "a special introductory price" to invite everyone into the cockpit.

Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will offer more than 80 missions to test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more. Also included in this release will be updated multiplayer functionality (farewell, GameSpy), 20 aircraft, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports. Unfortunately, there no improvements have been made in the graphics department.

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Dovetail Games also states the studio will launch a range of add-ons for the title in the New Year. The company will also be working on future releases using Microsoft's Flight Simulator engine, though no plans have been revealed. Check the announcement post over on the Dovetail Games website for more details.

Source: Dovetail Games

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