The future of Microsoft's acclaimed and beloved Flight Simulator product has been up in the air since early in 2009, when layoffs hit Flight Simulator staff. In fact, there hadn't been a refresh of the franchise since 2006. Until now.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the latest revision of the game, dropping the "Simulator" portion of the name as well as any reference to numbering. Much as with movies like "Batman Begins" the name implies a reboot of the series, but not all the way back to the original days where you might fly a Sopwith Camel in B/W (as in the first Flight Simulator). Microsoft also added there will be an online component to the new game through Windows Live.
In the past, Flight Simulator has been accurate to the point that private pilot-wanna-be's would train with it. We know of at least two acquaintances who did so. It's unclear if the new game will be so accurate, or will be more of, well, a game. Here's all Microsoft has said so far, via a press release:
"Twenty-eight years after the debut of Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0, Microsoft Game Studios also announced the internal development of Microsoft Flight, a new Windows exclusive. Microsoft Flight will bring a new perspective to the long-standing genre, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight."