At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) game trade show, Microsoft announced it was bringing the beloved series back. The last full-fledged entry in the series was 2006’s Flight Simulator X, which hit Steam in 2014. The series launched in 1982, and it was a mainstay of PC gaming for decades.
And now it’s coming back, and it’s going to be a selling point for Microsoft’s Game Pass service
. Flight Simulator isn’t going to be a top 10 best-seller next year (unless I’m wildly underestimating its appeal), but it – coupled with other smaller games – will no doubt bring new PC gamers to Microsoft’s subscription service. You don’t need to appeal to everyone with an Xbox or a PC these days – just enough who might want a game like this and are happy to shell out $10 a month for it.
And maybe find a few more games they enjoy playing. And then re-upping their subscriptions again and again.
It’s not a bad tactic. And for Microsoft, it’s a profitable one.
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