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http://www.dovetailgames.com/news/2014/jul/9/dovetail-games-licensing-deal-with-microsoft-takes-flight

 

 

The award-winning creators of the best-selling Train Simulator franchise have today announced a global licensing deal with Microsoft, granting them the rights to develop and publish all-new flight products based on Microsoft’s genre-defining flight technology. The company is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015.


In addition to this licensing agreement, Dovetail Games is pleased to announce that it has also acquired the rights to distribute the multi-award winning Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition via Valve’s popular digital retail channel, Steam, entitled Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.

First released in 2006, Microsoft Flight Simulator X is widely acknowledged as one of the most popular simulation products on the market. Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will include the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack in one bundle. Dovetail Games will bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to the Steam online gaming platform for the first time in late 2014.

“I am delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft as part of this agreement,” said Paul Jackson, CEO of Dovetail Games. “We are thrilled to be exploring new flight simulation opportunities using Microsoft’s technology, and look forward to using our extensive expertise of Steam publishing to successfully bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to a broad new audience on the Steam platform. This partnership is perfectly timed to support our expansion into new areas of simulation.”

Steve Bainbridge, COO at Dovetail Games added, “We are very proud of the strong community we have created around the Train Simulator series of products, and we are looking forward to extending our knowledge and experience into working closely with the flight simulation community. We know that they are a very knowledgeable, passionate and committed group of individuals and we welcome their feedback and involvement as we start to create the next generation of games in this area.”

“When it comes to licensing our simulation engine, Dovetail Games is the obvious choice for us to work with. We respect their approach in terms of delivering premium quality simulation games and look forward to seeing their vision of the next chapter in flight simulations unfold,” said Kevin Perry, Executive Producer at Microsoft. “In addition to that, they have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to launch simulation products successfully via online platforms, making them the ideal partner to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.”

For further information please follow us at Dovetail Games Twitter and Dovetail Games Facebook.

For press enquiries please contact:
Lidia Rumley
Light Switch PR
E: lidia@lightswitchpr.co.uk
T: 01932 228465 / 07803 359805

 

So this clears up the mystery from last month.

 

Will be exciting and scary to think what these guys do with the licence. 

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I'm thinking worrying to be honest.  Other organizations made bids gearing more towards the medium/hardcore crowd, yet MS chose to go with these guy's.   

 

Good luck to them, but I am thinking this is heading towards the gaming market.  Anyway, I am sure that it will still please many.

 

Regards

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I hope they can offer free updates to existing FSX.(I know its prob. unlikely, but hey one can dream and be optimistic.)

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I hope this is good news for MS Flight as well. I will buy whatever it is.

 

Steve

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This is freaking fantastic news!   Dovetail is passionate about simulations.  Maybe more importantly, they are mod-friendly.  Putting FSX on Steam is going to open the flood gates to new users.  

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I'm thinking worrying to be honest.  Other organizations made bids gearing more towards the medium/hardcore crowd, yet MS chose to go with these guy's.   

 

Good luck to them, but I am thinking this is heading towards to gaming market.  Anyway, I am sure that it will still please many.

 

Regards

 

I'm inclined to agree it will follow the Rail Simulator model.

 

It's great news for the hobby nonetheless, but I'm not expecting massive hardcore sim changes. 

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So both LM and Dovetail have licensing agreements, or am I missunderstanding something here?

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Expect to see FSX available on Steam later this year judging on the press release. I'm not too sure that this is will be a whole new simulator but just a rebadging of the existing platform. I think this will mainly just involve the integration of Steam into FSX and obviously all the online features that might entail... I'm not getting my hopes up with this one to be honest! They have mentioned a product being made available by next year and it would be stupid to start development on something they have no license for. I doubt you could develop something of any ground breaking scale within a year. Still anything new is appreciated and I hope this opens up the market to new things.

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Being someone who has invested into their Train Simulator Series, I'm worried about the possible results of this. Their Train Simulator series isn't that great, a lot of overpriced content if you ask me, with many bugs and issues upon release. Now FSX is not something that they developed, but they could easily start selling DLC for it with a similar pricing and feature range as their train DLC. They will more than likely do this with the next generation flight sim they develop. It's going to be a MS Flight style game I'm sure, buy scenery and planes...

 

They are old EA executives and they really don't care for the end user. Their support doesn't give you support for example, just a generic response message that doesn't answer your question, and they consider it answered. Unfortunately, I don't see this going well at all. At least there are other options. I could be wrong though, and I hope I am, but from what they have exhibited, the chance of this being stellar, or anything close, is slim to none, and slim just left the room. 

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Bad move here. It will drop a notch in its realism in the next incarnations and you'll be charged a ridiculous amount for poor quality add-ons.

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If anyone from EA (even past executives) is involved, it will be a disaster.  EA has consistently demonstrated contempt for their customer base.

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They are old EA executives and they really don't care for the end user. 

 

If by EA you mean Electronic Arts, I was a big fan of Flight Unlimited III.

 

It's going to be a MS Flight style game I'm sure, buy scenery and planes.

 

If it's a continuation of MS Flight, I'm all for it.

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So are they just going to distribute the same product on Steam or will they have access to the source code, which means they can add improvements?

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Just wow. Dovetail games has slowly destroyed, in my opinion, the train sim franchise.

Each version that was forced upon people via STEAM has been more buggier than the last. They turned a decent train simulation into a ad infested DLC gateway.

 

This does not bode well for the franchise... DTG games support is absolutely terrible. They go to great lengths to hush people who speak out about the product and its extreme years old bugs. Anyone looking forward to bugfixes in the flight/FSX engines are deluding themselves.

 

DTG mainly consists of suits from EA and graphics artists. They do not know how to fix train simulator, they certainly are not going to be able to fix Flight/FSX. They see it as a DLC gateway... nothing more.

 

Out of all the passionate flight sim companies... this could not have gone into more wrong hands.

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I could be wrong.. but what I got out of the press release..  is that they will distribute FSX on steam..   its the flight engine that they will be toying with.. I'm sure.

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It sounds to me like they are:

 

step 1) initially just selling FSX Gold on Steam.  The same FSX Gold that's was sold in boxes and on GFWL.  I wouldn't expect any changes to FSX

 

step 2) Releasing something else later next year.  Based on the timing and the fit to what they currently do with TS, it's probably just going to be MS Flight tweaked and broken out into whatever DLC package model they choose.  Maybe with more DLC to come at a later time.

 

In short - no effect on FSX users.  Hope for MS Flight users.

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1. No EULA issues.

2. 64-bit support

3. DX11 support

 

The 3 combined is a formula to success. Anything else will not promote the franchise anywhere.

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What exactly does "all-new flight products based on Microsoft’s genre-defining flight technology" mean?

 

If it's DLC formerly known as add-ons for the FSX engine, the future looks bleak.

 

If it's new content for MS Flight, at least the MS Flight community would be very pleased.

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I wonder what this will mean to third party developers. I am not familiar with Steam, does it mean that 3rd party add-on will also have to be purchased via Steam as DLC for the new flightsim DoveTail wll be releasing in 2015? (and also for the rebranded FSX?)

I am trying to keep an open mind, but based on the comments I have seen so far about what happened to trainsim, I am a bit skeptical...let's see what happens

John.

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In short - no effect on FSX users.  Hope for MS Flight users.

 

I guess it hasn't occurred to you that if they start producing DLC they will likely want to control what other developers add to the franchise.

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I guess it hasn't occurred to you that if they start producing DLC they will likely want to control what other developers add to the franchise.

 

Exactly. For the amount they paid for that license deal, they are going to want to squeeze revenue out of all they can.

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If they are going to market FSX Gold, I wonder if that also means they are going to re-start the multiplayer servers, since that is a big part of FSX

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