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PC Gaming Weekly | June 20, 2019

Microsoft has made a decision I can get behind: Bringing back Flight Simulator. PC gaming just doesn'
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Microsoft has made a decision I can get behind: Bringing back Flight Simulator. PC gaming just doesn’t “feel right” to me without it.
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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– Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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