Microsoft Flight is still alive and accepting applications for beta testers

microsoft flight is still alive and accepting applications for beta testers lookingIt is almost difficult to call the Microsoft Flight franchise a “game.” Technically it is, but the series has always placed a heavy influence on simulation side—so much so that there was a time several military bases even used Microsoft Flight Simulator as a teaching tool.

Following the release of Flight Simulator X in 2006, the series went into hibernation. Many were concerned that Microsoft was abandoning its PC gaming, and the 30 year old franchise that began in 1982 was a casualty of that decision.

Then in August of 2010, Microsoft announced that Microsoft’s PC development team at Microsoft Studios was still alive and kicking, and they had a handful of titles coming to prove it, including Fable III and Age of Empires Online. But chief among the announcements was the new Microsoft Flight game. And rather than a new sequel, Microsoft is envisioning this title as something a bit different.

In addition to the simulator side that made the franchise what it is, there will also be a handful of more game oriented modes that anyone can pick up. Development was underway, but we would have to wait to see exatly what the new game modes would be, and how they would work. It was encouraging news for longtime fans, and possibly for new gamers interested in checking out one of the longest running series in gaming.

But since then, very little news has been coming regarding the title. Microsoft didn’t to mention it at E3, which had some wondering if perhaps the franchise had crashed and burned.

Apparently, the series is doing well and the development is moving along. According to a post that 1up caught wind of, Microsoft Studios is even now seeking beta testers to come iron out the kinks, beginning in January. The application process is open to everyone via the developer’s website.

Still no official word on when we can expect it to hit the market, but the odds are sooner rather than later. The silence leading up to this point could simply mean that Microsoft is taking its time and making sure that its once flagship franchise is deserving of the name. If that is the case and quality is the priority, the beta tests are definitely a good sign, but may also mean a release is still months away, if not longer.


The best video games to gift this holiday season, from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘Hitman 2’

The holidays are quickly approaching and you might be looking for ideas on what to get your favorite gamer. Here are the best games you can buy for your gaming loved ones this holiday season.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

Who needs a sharpshooter when you have our 'Fortnite' shooting gallery guide

Fortnite season 6, week 4 challenges are here and with it comes the shooting gallery challenge. We show you where to find the shooting gallery locations and what kind of guns to use.

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for October 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

'World's best gaming processor'? We put Intel's new i9 through the ringer

Intel has launched the first Core i9 for the average gamer. Despite some controversies around its release, it’s the fastest gaming processor we’ve yet tested.

Rockstar Games employees defend work culture following controversy

Rockstar Games employees have taken to social media to speak out about working conditions following the controversial comment about 100-hour work weeks made by co-founder Dan Houser in an interview.
Home Theater

They’re not just for gaming: Watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

While the Xbox One S and Xbox One X boost the visuals of your games, they also can pull double-duty as Blu-ray players, but there's a bit of set up needed. Need help? Here's our guide on how to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and X.

More days gone: Sony moves zombie exclusive ‘Days Gone’ to April

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone to April. It was previously bumped from a 2018 release window into February, 2019, but Sony Bend apparently needs more time to add polish.

Annual game releases are boring. Try a quirky indie game for the PS4 instead

While big budget games rely on practical innovation, indie games dive head first into new, unexplored territories. If the quirky and unusual appeal to you, take a look at our list of the best indie games on PS4.
Product Review

Huawei’s monster Mate 20 X makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small

The Huawei Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch screen, but is surprisingly manageable to hold, yet still a little too big to carry around. Huawei’s pushing the phone’s ability as a mobile gaming handheld, challenging the Nintendo Switch.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ adds Black Market system to dress up your soldier

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 added the Black Market system to PS4 today, giving players new ways to unlock and acquire additional customization items, such as outfits for Specialists.