Microsoft Announces Plans to Return to eFlight Arena

One of the victims of the economic slowdown was the Aces game studio, a Microsoft subsidiary that the software giant closed down. Aces was responsible for developing and maintaining Microsoft's iconic Flight Simulator game — used by non-flying enthusiasts for entertainment, and pilots for helping to retain some of their flying skills. Now, Microsoft has announced the development of a new game, named simply "Flight" that is said to target enthusiasts with a focus on realism and accuracy. But details are sketchy, beyond citing "a new perspective" and the release of a video (click here) that offers little in the way of details on the project. The last new version of Flight Simulator was released in 2006. According to a report on AvWeb, "insiders" speculate Microsoft won't offer a Beta version of the new game until sometime next year.