In an announcement today, Dovetail games revealed an agreement with Microsoft that will allow the Train Simulator developer to create new games using the technology behind Microsoft Flight Simulator. In addition to the development agreement, Dovetail Games has also acquired the distribution rights to Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition. For the first time, players will be able to purchase Microsoft’s classic simulator on Steam as 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.”
You can learn more about Dovetail Games at http://www.dovetailgames.com/.