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Flight News Updates Get a First Look at Alaska!
If you're at PAX East, stop by the Xbox booth to get an advance look at the Alaskan Wilderness Pack, and test your bush-flying skills!
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cmdresnullius
April 6, 2012 8:50 PM

Sorry, can't make it. Would like to see a preview.

MethodicColt764
April 6, 2012 8:55 PM

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnn just release it already!

HotCannuck
April 6, 2012 8:58 PM

I'm about 2,000 miles away! Can you send me a flight ticket???

BlamefulPanda11
April 6, 2012 8:59 PM

Don't tease me.

Flya159pq
April 6, 2012 9:23 PM

It's not funny!!

Simmacus
April 6, 2012 10:15 PM

I am so close to it, but I cant justify the 60 dollar tickets

Andy721874
April 6, 2012 10:52 PM

I live in FL, PA is far would like to go.  I'm not riding my motorcycle all the way there.

fangstar78
April 6, 2012 11:59 PM

well i would love to get a sneek peak at the dlc but im so far away here in Adelaide South Australia that it would cost me way more than the game its self lol ow well i guess ill have to wait till the dlc comes out

BoomerKeith
April 7, 2012 12:01 AM

I'm sure it will be amazing, but for those of us (most of us) who can't stop by, could you post a video preview here?

Macw0lf
April 7, 2012 12:50 AM

"Alaskan Wilderness" pack? Last I remember, it was just an "Alaska". Does this mean it is just a part of Alaska, not the whole thing ??

CormacMccarthyD
April 7, 2012 1:51 AM

i dont really care anymore

RajatRD
April 7, 2012 3:14 AM

Are the developers of this game aware that the aerocaches are not being saved? Hey MSF, before releasing new content shouldn't you fix the bugs on this one? Just a thought...

BilinearNut3
April 7, 2012 3:33 AM

Dear microsoft/flight team.

Could you add a Learjet-45 in the game?

for $5,00 with cockpit? (just a idea) then the game would be awsome!

adnarez
April 7, 2012 4:43 AM

Hey, Folks.. The MS Flight is everywhere in a bad press.. And the community is very sad about you.. Why do you make so many mistakes after another?

Post an Video for ALL PEOPLE or better: Release the Alaska-DLC..

Hmmm.. Or Are you working for Electronic Arts??

Mark Fosseth
April 7, 2012 5:34 AM

Flight has lost all the interest for me. I am too old for arcade games.

DreadMetis
April 7, 2012 6:34 AM

Just to say : official Flight forums on Steam = FAIL !

SweetishCornet4
April 7, 2012 7:26 AM

Seriously MS.....you need some sort of presence on these news updates.....some of them have hundreds of comments and you don't even have the common courtesy to respond to ANY feeback from the people who BUY YOUR WORK! Let's get this thing rolling....we all know deep down the great potential of this software if it had the right mindset behind it......you surely have seen what we want.....so get cracking and start working on giving it to us!

ptrmajewski
April 7, 2012 7:38 AM

Dear MS Flight team. Why do you post new daily aerocaches if they won't save?!

Tony0972
April 7, 2012 9:02 AM

Try this to see if it fixes the #Aerocache problem. I would love to hear back from somebody to know if it fixes the issue or not.

Check your firewall first to make sure it isn't blocking data flow out to Microsoft.

For Windows 7:

Click on the Windows Logo at lower left corner.

Type "Windows Firewall" in the "search programs and files" box just above the logo.

Click on "Windows Firewall" just under "Control Panel" in the list that populates.

Click "Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall" in the box that opens.

Scroll to Microsoft Flight and make sure it has a check mark next to it. Home/Work.

Scroll to Windows Communication Foundation and make sure it has a check mark next to it. Home/Work & Public.

Scroll to Windows Live and make sure all Live options have Home/Work & Private checked.

If these things were not checked, then check them and try the game again.

If they were checked try uninstalling both the game and the Games For Windows LIVE applications. Reinstall both and try again.

It sounds like the communication between the two apps and the MS servers isn't happening the way it should.

BilinearNut3
April 7, 2012 9:14 AM

Dear microsoft/flight team.

Could you add a Learjet-45 in the game?

for $5,00 with cockpit? (just a idea) then the game would be awsome!

CJoke23
April 7, 2012 9:15 AM

resume:

The old days of the great FlightSimulator are gone. Flight is now a arcarde game that have to earn much profit as possible with less&cheap content as possible.

after 6 weeks all new content is a expensive plane without cockpit

for fsx there are thousands of free planes with cockpit

:-/

BilinearNut3
April 7, 2012 9:16 AM

and btw cant you guys just copy the models  from FSX into MicroSoft Flight and fix the planes a bit? thats a lot faster or not?

SpecialFXPro
April 7, 2012 9:17 AM

I agree that if its only the "Wilderness" and not the entirety of Alaska, I'm not buying. I refuse to be bled for every dollar. With the cost of DLC we have already covered the full cost of a complete game. This game is FAR from complete. Release more respectable, complete (With INSIDE cockpit views) Not to mention, FREE DLC. Just because something is DLC shouldn't mean I have to pay for it. This game was incomplete on release day and (From the looks of it) will never be properly completed, unless you want to spend $25 every other month to pay for your precious DLC.

SpecialFXPro
April 7, 2012 9:20 AM

And wheres my "Pre-Steam" purchase discounts? The ones who bought first are the ones who supported you out the gate. We'd like a little kick back. (Remember that free DLC I mentioned?)

InboundFour953
April 7, 2012 9:32 AM

Tony0972

I'm going to try that to fix a problem with "join host failure" I get, plus multiplayers in session disappearing.

I've asked Staff  at MSF flight for an answer for this.

Will try it when I get home from work. (It's 6:30 am PDT now)

What genius!

dneuneu
April 7, 2012 9:39 AM

i'm happy to see a news almost everyday instead of a news every week like before.

thx for that.  :)

PVI M Spada
April 7, 2012 10:13 AM

Until you don't release any Italian scenery and a C172 I stop buying everything from MSStore.

AlbacoreTunaMan
April 7, 2012 11:11 AM

Thanks. I was hoping MS would use PAX East to announce the availability of Alaska, but this is still good news.  Perhaps some Flight customers from Boston can post some impressions of what they saw at PAX?

Torg Smith
April 7, 2012 11:23 AM

@CJoke23

FSX did not have thousands of planes 6 weeks after release.

Microsoft has said they hope to have third party developers working with flight in a couple years.

FSX has definite performance issues. I have a new computer with NVidia GTX560, i7 quad 3.6GHz and 16GB RAM. I have a bunch of settings cranked up and I am only seeing about 10 FPS. Microsoft acknowledged that they had developed the Flight Simulator Game with the hopes that CPUs would continue to get faster. The Acceleration / SP2 was an effort to support multi core execution better as they had used an internal Fiber system that did not work well with multi core chips.

I bet the Flight Simulator Game series used an existing code base where they kept adding onto it with each iteration. As coding a new game is a lot of work and the old game had many years of development behind it, this will be a challenge for them with Flight. I am sure they realize that people liked all the features of FSX otherwise they would not have put them in in the first place. With Flight they probably did not know what features to focus on early and had to make some hard choices.

I do find it frustrating that they don’t have a roadmap of where they are going. By roadmap, I do not mean schedule. No idea if new features will be backwards compatible with prior purchases. It is hard to want to invest in the game if we don’t know what is going to happen. I understand that there is a monumental amount of work ahead but no idea what to expect.

DustlessVenus9
April 7, 2012 11:44 AM

The issue with aerocaches not being recorded has existed for at least a week... I keep taking the aero cache of the day but no change in my stats... today I took the advice of tony0972 and opened up my firewall to" flight" both private and public networks. I now have one less aerocache than I had a week ago.  Maybe the next patch should address gameplay issues instead of get money issues.

Duesselwings
April 7, 2012 11:49 AM

...and I´m a bit frustrated, that even the existing bugs aren´t ready to be fixed... "thanks for patience"... The different stats (ingame/server) are not synced since the update was installed... The Aerocaches are not saved now... Why should I collect them, if they are away with every login? And now, Alaska ist promoted? Shouldn´t it be better to fix first, what we have, so that it works perfectly?

@Torg Smith: If you have such a good PC and just 10fps, than there is something wrong. I have a very pimped FSX, 2 monitors, nearly every Hardware running Saitek has, a 27" Monitor, really a lot of payware/freeware Addons (the whole Installation is about 215GB). I have nearly all sceneries and airports of ORBX(FTX), and even with REX/GEX, real weather engine, G-Plan and other programms running parallel and so on : I get mostly 20-60fps.... Just over Mega Airports like Frankfurt, Seattle, a.s.o., the frames goes down to 15-16.... and I have NO i7, just an AMD 1090B @3,9Ghz, 12GB RAM, and a Geforce GTX470.... In "normal" sceneries (ORBX) with real weather, I fly with 20-60fps, depends on the kind of plane an weather....

No, the FSX is able to run quite smooth on modern systems....

But to have some fun in short time, without logging in to VATSIM or IVAO, its quite easy to have fun with the existing MP - and thats what I like actually at Flight - even, if there are some bugs in MP, which has to be fixed. But its very easy to get in contact and its fun to fly together. Pity, that MS doesn´t take care of these users to get them satisfied.

Well, I´m looking forward to see, that Flight moves on the "right way"... For the other opportunity, I have my pimped FSX...

CorrectCone443
April 7, 2012 12:59 PM

Can you release a video of what going on at the Flight booth?

InboundFour953
April 7, 2012 1:31 PM

@Dustless:

The Aerocaches reside on the servor, so it's coming/ not coming from them, as you know.

I had that problem briefly, then it just went away.

When I have  "join host failure" problem, the suggestion was  a connectivity issue and/or firewall issue.

Are you broadband internet?

I'm very curious about so many people having this problem.

Also, if you have something like Norton security, you may have to turn off its firewall, but I would shut down any other websites while running MSF to avoid an inttrusion.

xXMAXx 1106
April 7, 2012 1:33 PM

I'm looking forward to the release of Alaska. This is the scenery i really want to see in flight:

-Carribbean islands

-Madagascar + St. Reunion + Mauritius

CJoke23
April 7, 2012 1:50 PM

@Torg, I agree. And because of using old codebase and datastructures, it should be possible to convert old planes from fsx and older versions. Microsoft should be able to collect some cheap planes with cockpit in a short time.

BeastlyOne95989
April 7, 2012 2:17 PM

Old good FS2004 and FSX are gone. This is arcade now.

I paid for the Hawaii Pack. Next day, sales on Steam (30% off).

Is there anybody in MS going to take care for the customer?

A great opportunity blew up. Sad.

StratoArt
April 7, 2012 3:28 PM

Group flight!! http://youtu.be/dyykWktLOpk

Chapmandoo
April 7, 2012 4:07 PM

So... I paid for all the DLC out of the gate like a good customer. Then I see it's 30% off on Steam after the fact? What a smack in the face. I'm seriously reconsidering continuing on with Microsoft Flight. I guess nobody over there really cares about keeping their customer base loyal/happy. :(

Ralf Marquardt
April 7, 2012 6:10 PM

Hi, I find the idea first is not so bad!

The implementation is rather moderate ...

A paltry island and two airplanes is really bad thin ...

The graphics are not really successful ...

I flew the flight simulator since the first version ...

It's really sad ...

Perhaps the X-Plane 10 simulator is indeed the better choice?

http://www.x-plane.com/

...

fatslaug
April 7, 2012 6:52 PM

Hello!

First time flight simulator player and i'm loving it so far. I'm not sure what to do next seeing as how i completed everything on the map. I'm over level 14! I had some non-mimetic ideas that i think would add to this great game engine.

Fantasy locations-

-Giant redwood forests = Massive redwood trees to fly through and dodge with gigantic tree fort landing pads: some small some large.

-Large underground caves with strategically placed lighting (glowing worms, light from vents in the cave ceiling, torches, underground city?!?!) to help the player through!

-a Super massive canyon- Walls too steep/high to climb over, and different pathways to fly through. Not like gradual canyon of hawaii, but like narrow corridors that bank and break off in sever directions.

-Floating islands of pandora or something similar. THAT WOULD BE PRETTY!

-maybe secret locations? how about a wirlpool in the ocean that brings you.... to a under the sea adventure.... just spit balling now i think.

*** To be fair i think the flight dynamics and graphics range is great, but there just isn't much to explore ( i have the hawain adventure pack). It's literally landscape, landscape, and more landscape, which is fine. Alaska looks like more landscape... no bears?

The diversity of things to do is limited to... about 4 (taking off, landing, collecting aerocaches, challenges). Please do not count free mode, because the planes are too slow to explore the low graphic'ed terrains and such. So now im a fan of landing, but im already about to uninstall it =O  . the m-player isn't really m-player. not much interaction, and the map system left me and my mates bickering.

some sort of weapons system of skirmish combat would make this a fun game as well, although i suspect that is not in the scope of this game. If the cities had GTA4's detail, and Flight's games expansiveness, i would be in love.

HeTzeR32
April 7, 2012 6:53 PM

I think the game has potential! Also I think they are on to something. Just check the Awards and stuff, lot of things which are right now not available but will be.

Yes right now its morean arcade, but I hope they put in some ATC and most important, good and realistic radio navigation, ILS and so on. Thats what I liked FSX for. To practise.

And even Flight is fun, picking up some Passengers fly them around....It´ll be all gonna be ok! Just be patient ;)

fatslaug
April 7, 2012 6:54 PM

                                                                                                                                       WHOA x-plane looks amazing

fatslaug
April 7, 2012 6:59 PM

HOLY MOLLY look at

X-plane.com    !!!!! that game looks amazing.... you can drop water on forest fires, land at 33000 airports and it covers the whole (mostly?) earth. just incredible.

im really disappointed in microsoft flight now.

ALSO, what is there to do in microsoft flight? im bored with it =O

fatslaug
April 7, 2012 7:04 PM

i guess ill find alaska info from a different website

fatslaug
April 7, 2012 7:16 PM

i bet their booth is EMPTY!

i cannot believe i bought the starter bundle and it didn't even give me all the planes. very disappointed.

i saw WWW.x-planes.com              

rottiewyler
April 7, 2012 7:50 PM

@fattslaug go ahead and shell out your $80 bux for x- plane.. i'll stick with Flight... just be patient, you'll see ;)

rottiewyler
April 7, 2012 8:08 PM

Yes MS Flight team. please fix the error with saving aerocache.. log off then in and nothing saved... so frustrating!! :S

EastCoastGuy
April 7, 2012 9:23 PM

I think we'd all appreciate some customer feedback from MS -- things like working on the stats updating problem, guesstimated release date of Alaska, cost, etc.

Aerocaches were working fine up until the last update.  It isn't a comms problem.  It's a coding problem on the MS end.

And would the twerps please quit spamming the comments about x-plane?

Macw0lf
April 7, 2012 10:26 PM

I'm getting reminded every time I start up about my low quality graphics card, even I check the don't remind me again checkbox. Just thought I.d note it here in case MS do read through these.

InboundFour953
April 7, 2012 10:58 PM

Did Daily Aerocache-Barking Sands this morning.

Just came home from work, and it was gone!

Had to do it again, with minutes to spare!

InboundFour953
April 7, 2012 11:17 PM

I did it a second times, and lost it AGAIN!!!

InboundFour953
April 7, 2012 11:53 PM

Just did Onomea Bay Aerocache

TWICE!!

First one gone !!!

InboundFour953
April 8, 2012 12:03 AM

Second time gone.

Just did it a third time...

InboundFour953
April 8, 2012 12:08 AM

Third time gone!!

Now I'm gone for the night.

HELP!!!!!

Gabriel9300
April 8, 2012 12:18 AM

OK next update please.

InboundFour953
April 8, 2012 12:36 AM

I ALSO LOST MY HIGH FLYING GLIDER CACHE !!

styler360
April 8, 2012 3:16 AM

First I was very impressed by FLIGHT. But what i absolutely do not understand is, that they do not support the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick. Hello Guys? You are Microsoft and you dont support your own devices? Very very sad! Every single f... game knows what Force Feedback is. For flying nothing is more essential than FFB and Track IR! So geht your homeworks done! The Update caused a huge stuttering when panning with the coolie hat. So i had to move back to the mouse and its overproportional autorudder. I am wondering noone complaining about this issue! No real plane would use so much rudder. Happy Easter!

BilinearNut3
April 8, 2012 4:12 AM

JUST WAIT THE GAME ISNT EVEN DONE....

THEY WILL UPGRADE IF YOU GIVE THEM A BIT SELF-CONFIDENCE damn mates just wait..

Naitsab Phantom
April 8, 2012 5:10 AM

Thats funny - NO VIDEO!!! B.T.W. - Aerocaches will not be saved...Bugs, Bugs, Bugs...NOT Funny!

jeerouss
April 8, 2012 7:12 AM

ALASKA WILDERNESS!!!! They managed to find a way to come out with something new without having to create a populated scenery lol. This is basically Hawaii with different size of mountains, different water colors and snow. Don't expect life in that one either.

I can't believe I waited 5-6 years excited about what the next MS flight sim would be considering the awesomness of FSX.

They could have just used FSX and improve water, trees, clouds and add aerocaches and XP and stuff and it would be the best game on the market. As simple as that.

They tried to get a wider audience but they switched from sim audience to complete newbie pilots who doesnt give a s* about flying. These people will download it for free and won't spend a cent on DLC because when you play for 1 hour, you've pretty much seen everything FLIGHT has to offer, which is a lifeless boring flying experience in a potentially great flight sim.

I hope Alaska will be good but I doubt it will be any different from hawaii.

And 3rd party is a big mistake, Look at FSX these days, it's awesome! And it's not because of microsoft, it's because of 3rd party content. We use to have the world working on our beloved flying simulator. Now it takes weeks to have a part of Alaska, Can you imagine how many years it's going to take to have just one country, ATC, life, Jets, big airports!! Forget it!!!

Im still hoping cause I still can't believe how sad things are right now for us.

EdgierCloth7501
April 8, 2012 7:37 AM

can you please release anything for free?

it would be a great gift for me

IT Shark 74
April 8, 2012 8:23 AM

I'm about 8,000+ Km away! Can you send me a flight ticket???

Aero 8
April 8, 2012 10:23 AM

MS flight on multiple computers? I just reinstalled MS Flight on my main computer. It spent about 10 minutes downloading my profile, however it is a weird mix of data that has disappeared and appears... I.e., All the Challenges are reset to not done, all the paid for content have to be re-downloaded, however it keeps some of the stats. I.e., I miss one of the "land at all Hawaiian airports" achievement, but now it looks like I landed on only a few.

Anyone know how to get around this?

Also, the aerocache problem is annoying, additionally it does not recognize any landing attempt in the "Maule Landing challenge 4".

FunnierCrab5528
April 8, 2012 11:07 AM

My Areocaches will not be logged to my system. I checked my firewall and it is correct. Isee everyone seems to have the same problem. One would think microsoft team would fix it and let their clients know. I did send an email to support but have not heard back from them. I enjoy the game and would enjoy it more if it worked like it should.

GUCommander
April 8, 2012 11:28 AM

Fix your bugs and release real content....for reasonable prices. It's really that simple.

You have an army of gamers, press, and ex-fans against you and you do nothing about it. No community interaction, no change in strategy, no nothing.

These are the classic signs of a Microsoft product from a Microsoft dev team. You guys clearly know better than EVERYONE ELSE.

With Love,

Ex MS Flight Advocate

InboundFour953
April 8, 2012 1:10 PM

I lost my High Glider Cache for the third time,

my Monomea Cache for the fourth time.

InboundFour953
April 8, 2012 1:22 PM

Ok, Onomea.

Wolfmots
April 8, 2012 2:59 PM

I hear you guys about the bugs and they are an easy fix. The one thing i really need is AUTOPILOT, please. So tired of having a two hr flight option and needed to use the stick the whole way. Sure i could trim and all that junk but seriously, i have a life apart from sim-flying that is much more interesting than sitting at my desk for two hours so i can play pretend for a few points that wont really matter in the end.

Also, with Flighsim X and all other versions of the sim there was a time acceleration feature that i could increase time and the flight would go by quicker (without losing points by hitting the 'N' key).

And, if you cut the price of EVERYTHING in half then you will attract a much larger fan base, iRacing went through the same thing and nearly found out the hard way that people arent willing to shell out their hard earned coin on a sim that may last only a year or two. You have made your money the way you did, now would be a good time to pull back and give us a break.

Schnuffelbaer
April 8, 2012 4:05 PM

Where is the first look? Mhhh ...

BlamefulPanda11
April 8, 2012 5:33 PM

The state of Alaska covers 663,268 square miles.  

MSF says: "Journey with us to Alaska, with over 1.5 million square kilometers (~600,000 square miles) of captivating scenery" (italics added). So it must cover nearly the whole state if not all.

Neat!  

Andy721874
April 8, 2012 11:36 PM

BlamefulPanda11, they probably cut off 63,268 square miles, hopefully they didn't cut off the major city Anchorage that would suck.

InboundFour953
April 9, 2012 12:30 AM

Did the daily four times.

Disappeared four times.

AlbacoreTunaMan
April 9, 2012 12:59 AM

BTW: I don't think this is a "user setup issue". Since the last update, no aerocaches are saved. I'm sure you know it, and are already hard at work fixing the thing that broke with your last patch.

That said, I still enjoy what this "sim" brings to the table. I truely hope that MS continues to fund this project for years ahead.      

greasysidedown
April 9, 2012 2:03 AM

I can't say I'm impressed. With all of the flight "aids" turned off the ball in the Stearman hardly leaves the center and there were some interesting pitch excursions in the spin. I think the time developing an arcade flight game would have been better spent updating "Crimson Skies".

MattNeffer
April 9, 2012 4:21 AM

@InboundFour953 - Yes, the last update broke aerocaches. You're wasting your time doing aerocaches until this gets fixed (unless you're just piling up the XP).

You'd think fixing a big, obvious problem like this wouldn't take long - and would be rolled out immediately -  but they have to make sure their fix doesn't break anything else - especially since it was a patch that caused this in the first place.  They missed this big one last time, they don't want to miss any other big ones next time.

deancmccrae
April 9, 2012 6:47 AM

I am using a WingMan Attack joystick. It shows up in the list in Flight, in the Game Controls and Aircraft Controls dialogs but when I set it instead of the Keyboard input and press Accept, it does not remember it - just reverts back to Keyboard.

How annoying - anyone else seen this?

Surely all you guys are using Joysticks too?

EastCoastGuy
April 9, 2012 7:09 AM

@deancmccrae

I usually use Mouse mode, or keyboard if I want to do some aerobatics.  In mouse mode the mouse seems to "un-center" itself pretty regularly, which is a little annoying.

InfuriatedShoe1
April 9, 2012 7:14 AM

Found a new German flight sim maybe came out two months ago, check it out Aeroflyfs its on you Tube only made Rc sims before, but are trying a new market now.

Fungoid65
April 9, 2012 7:33 AM

I'm using a Saitek Cyborg Fly5 Joystick - all my settings stay ok. My aerocaches don't save though. So I'm holding off on doing more of those till they repair what they broke! Got 24 before they broke it. Generally enjoying the game.

CJoke23
April 9, 2012 7:53 AM

I found a few seconds Video of Pax East-Alaska on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-6HyHLQIn8

Stupido101
April 9, 2012 9:23 AM

All the people calling Flight an "arcade" doesn't know what arcade is. Sega's Afterburner is an arcade game. It's mindless flying and shooting. Flight is not fun enough to be an arcade nor deep enough to be a sim. That is a shame and if it was not free it would be a teribble marketing decision. I can see that MS's goal was to welcome new players into sim community but they won't stay for long.

deancmccrae
April 9, 2012 11:18 AM

Thanks for the help.

I was confused about the UI. The drop down list just shows the settings for Keyboard and Joystick - it does not represent the current selection.

My Throttle was set to the wrong Axis so I changed that and it works fine now.

Anyone know why there are so few missions? I did the Wedding Party and thats it. There are challenges still - but what is the difference between a Challenge and a Mission?

ShapedBoot069
April 9, 2012 12:33 PM

I think the main difference is that when you finish a mission you get a check mark next to it, implying that you are done with it forever, but with challenges, you get little symbols depending on your performance, which imply that you can (and should) do the challenges again and again and again until you max out the number of points you can get.  

Mark Fosseth
April 9, 2012 12:35 PM

I am pretty sure that within Alaska we will see the same ancient rusty cockpitless de Havviland produce in 1948.

Why always ancient planes ?

vinceaj1
April 9, 2012 3:26 PM

Want to see what Flight would look like with just a few things moving in the background?

http://vimeo.com/15503394

Gabriel9300
April 9, 2012 4:00 PM

Welcome some news??????????

MattNeffer
April 9, 2012 7:49 PM

I prefer the "ancient rusty" planes - much more fun to fly than modern planes, and WAY more fun than jets.

Last night I flew from the southern tip of the Big Island all the way to Ka'ula (which isn't on the Flight map but is in the sim southwest of Ni'ihau) in the "ancient, rusty, cockpitless" Zero, skimming dozens of feet over every island and landing on a few. Took a few hours. Was it as "real" as it could be? I don't know, probably not. But it sure was a blast. I ran out of fuel on the way back east and had to dead-stick a landing in a field on Kaua'i.

JohnEClark
April 9, 2012 10:39 PM

Is it possible to make it to the high flying glider in the Stearman?

InboundFour953
April 10, 2012 12:42 AM

Glider floats around 32,000 + or -...

Had to use Mustang.

L4Skrsky
April 10, 2012 6:37 AM

Graphics and gameplay excellent! Very fun to play with interesting missions and challanges. I'd like to see some Helicopters also! Civils like Robinson and Eurocopter, (later) maybe Sykorsky or Appache!

CrispIndiana744
April 10, 2012 7:53 AM

Torg Smith

Microsoft sold FSX core to Prepar3d team. And this is the best news i ever heard)

Duesselwings
April 10, 2012 8:03 AM

@

vinceaj1:

Thank you for that video!! :-) I love ORBX and even if I´m from Germany, I llike to fly in North America, because its just beautiful, if FSX is pimped by ORBX stuff. It´s exactly the reason, because I often go back to my FSX, because I have nearly every Scenery from ORBX. They make so wunderful Airstrips, Airport and sceneries...!! Together with the smoothness of FLIGHT and its missions it would be that, what I expect today! Perhaps one day we will get it...! B.t.w., now, this month you can get ORBX sceneries 44% off!!! The last time, as they said, before FTX starts selling without any special-sales in between any longer.

InboundFour953
April 10, 2012 11:34 AM

Just went to do the daily cache/dishes.

Flying over two dishes and dome, no "cache"

Went to Aercache hunt on map:

"Daily aerocache hunt not available.

Huh?

Gabriel9300
April 10, 2012 11:51 AM

This update need other update.Im waiting and something news.the game is great please mstudios dont stop working on it.

Cobberwebb
April 10, 2012 1:10 PM

Hey MS! My Pentacontacache is stuck on 22! Please sort it out!

Panos 12
April 10, 2012 2:24 PM

Hey MS Flight team, idk if this will get posted or kept. But, i would like to leave a short suggestion! I do like the planes in the game but i want more and not have to pay for them! I would like to propose having premium planes that you could buy and the other planes (not premium) you earn. Example: to earn the none premium plane the player would have to fly missions to earn xp or credits. OR a much cooler suggestion would be we that you would have to start up our own air service, serving Hawaii and Alaska! and have other players fly routes under your management skill! I think this would add a high addiction to the game

                    Panos 12

InboundFour953
April 10, 2012 4:08 PM

I see Helicopters at Hilo.

How long have those been there?

InboundFour953
April 10, 2012 4:13 PM

Military.

D1g1talR3d
April 10, 2012 5:24 PM

Microsoft Flight team, can we get the sr-71 in the alaska pack so that we can reach all of the aerochaches?

Delafina
April 10, 2012 6:38 PM

RiChNjO: You've been banned for inappropriate language.

Delafina
April 10, 2012 6:41 PM

CormacMccarthyD: You have also been banned for inappropriate language.

Atomic77777
April 10, 2012 10:00 PM

Just adding my voice: Flight team, please fix the Aerocache bug.

dneuneu
April 11, 2012 4:58 AM

hmm  no new since the 6th...   not cool...

i don't log in Flight anymore since aerocache bug,  will log when fixed.

there were almost nothing to do before bug,  NOW there's really nothing to do as aerocache are not counted :/

Andy721874
April 11, 2012 5:28 AM

I stopped too because my level 17 is still lost.  

Duesselwings
April 11, 2012 6:07 AM

@Delafina:

...you should come into Multiplayer sometime.

There you could also bann a lot of these guys, who just jump in into a session to be aggressiv in voice and flight-behavior... just crashkids, who join and crash other users... I have already blocked 4 users, who can´t join my sessions any more - but its not funny... :-(

Thats I think, is a result of being so open and free for all without paying for the basegame.

I also disagree, like a lot of others here, with a part of the situation, but the way of feedback is perhaps its a question of education and/or age...

EastCoastGuy
April 11, 2012 6:44 AM

@Duesselwings - Same experiences here.  I kick the crashkids out of the session too.

@Delafina - Does the team have anything they can show us from Alaska, like a video just to pacify our collective impatience?  ;-)

AceIco
April 11, 2012 8:22 AM

I dont catch aerocache any more im stock in level 20 . Im sure Mstudios work hard for fix the problem.Patience.

MethodicColt764
April 11, 2012 9:57 AM

A brilliant feature for multiplayer would be the ability to restrict users below a set level from joining. I love flying in multiplayer and seeing signs of life, but when they're all level 1 or 2 and their only acheivement is 'Magnetic' it's quite frustrating to have to keep saying "Stay off the runway, don't crash into me," etc.

Aside from that, my other suggestion is to release Alaska today.

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 9:59 AM

Alaska:

At the top of this page, under screenshots, are five images.

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 10:48 AM

UNIQUE AIRPORTS:

Before yesterday, I had landed at 28 .

I finished all 37 (includes closed Bellows), though it only counted 36.

NOW I am back to 28.

Can you fix that ?

Took a lot of work and time,

thank you.

This is very frustrating.

I went to ALL of them yesterday, just to be sure.  Approx 6+ hours

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 2:26 PM

So far, my daily cache has been saved.

It's a start.

CloudiestSteak8
April 11, 2012 4:09 PM

Just completed the Aerocache for Halawa Bay. The Aerocache was saved. Shutdown the game and reopened it again to discover that the Aerocache had been erased. I do enjoy the Aerocaches even if they do not save. I really enjoy flight. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 4:14 PM

Yep, lost mine too.

Lost a whole day yesterday on my day off on airports.

dneuneu
April 11, 2012 4:54 PM

@inboundFour

i see you doing so much effort in this page to get aerocaches and try to get achievements,  but you know there is a saving bug for all these things...    i'm so sorry for you :/

so, just wait, and stop losing your time to try to make them,  it's useless because it won't be saved at all until next patch.  I think MS team will speak about it soon.

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 5:05 PM

Yeah, i was trying to get stuff done on my day off.

I hope the patch is soon.

Afraid to do any real work.

InboundFour953
April 11, 2012 5:17 PM

Even though I grumble about the problems, I sincerely wish them the best.

I had FS for a couple decades.

The graphics here is much better, and I don't need  a computer strong enough to fly the space shuttle.

MSF allows me in my limited time to sim and or fly.

I like to use the interactive checklist flying cockpit as a training aid.

Makes night landings fun.

I hope the patch fixes things like planes disappearing in session,  though it could sometimes be the session host acting up.

I don't care about Alaska until they get it together here. Don't want to step in a new pile of ....

SpecialFXPro
April 12, 2012 8:37 AM

You say that the graphic are better and I see that as only partially true. Flight can produce more graphics with a lower grade vid card, but FSX seems to have much better graphics options. With full graphics running, its is nearly identical to flight.

SimperingBrute2
April 14, 2012 2:55 AM

Alaskan Wilderness Pack, Yes!!! but with the new Bell 429 helicopter for special missions, to be combined with the new aircraft program from microsoft.

Harvey Mushmann
April 15, 2012 11:17 PM

Alaska seems like a good addition to Flight, it has those dramatic views they seem to be aiming for. An good choice for a next pack would be the area surrounding Ha Long Bay. The flying thorough the sheer cliffs that surround the bay would be a dream.

DownWithTheShip
April 18, 2012 7:06 PM

Assuming new DLC territories cost the same as Hawaii, this game is going to cost hundreds of dollars by the time we see a significant amount of content released. Let's be honest, MS doesn't want to release another flight sim with the same amount of content as FSX since they can make a lot more money by just releasing small portions at a time. By the time the next territory comes out everyone is so desperate for something new that many will buy it.

Gone are the days of complete games. Here are the days of "Free" games that end up costing far more then they would dare sell any game full of content like FSX.

Just look at Age of Empires Online. If you buy everything that's available for it, you end up spending more then you would if it was just a standard release with the usual $50-60 price tag. And if you do buy everything available for it it would still have less content then previous versions.

CyclicPainter2
April 27, 2012 1:16 AM

Oh it'll cost more than twice that of Hawaii.  Maybe more...

HC Soulvex
May 3, 2012 7:38 PM

At this rate I could have real flying lessons.

NO WONDER SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE CRACKED/HACKED GAMES.

People can't afford to pay for this limited junk.

After two weeks of hawaii pack and all VC planes I feel like I have been robbed.

I wan't everything else for free because the content is NOT worth £5, if you release 50 planes and half of world to fly around it will be costing hundreds of pounds.

Get you're act together MS or you're arcade game will crash & burn.

Dazza Evans
May 5, 2012 9:16 AM

This is thhe problem with a lot of companies looking to cash in on the 'freemium' market model, they appear to adopt the policy of assuming the casual gamer market consists of clueless idiots whho will buy anything if it's shiny enough. This is why MS Flight looks pretty good visually but is extremely dull and lacking in the gameplay department.

I've explained elsewhere that once you've done 2 or 3 tasks from each of the Mission, Aerocache, Challenge and Jobs sections, you're then in for an insanely repetative ride as the game feeds you the same thing over and over via a procedural mission generator churning out random this random banality.

A serious injection of creative effort needs to be put into the design of actual MS Flight gameplay instead of focusing solely on all this shallow eye-candy becvause it's simply not enough in today's games market, casual or hardcore. Consumers aren't stupid.  

SeamedPanther56
May 5, 2012 1:38 PM

Thumbs down totally on this thing they call a flight sim

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