Sounds pretty exciting, 64 bit should make a difference.
After months of speculation we are very excited to finally be able to lift the lid on our plans for the future of flight simulation with the announcement of Dovetail Games Flight School. We understand that some of you may have not been expecting us to head in this direction, and so you probably have lots of questions about what is happening. We have therefore created this dedicated space for you to ask questions and for us to answer them.
The big questions are: What is happening with the announced Dovetail Games Flight Simulator (DFS)? Are Flight School and DFS the same? Will Flight School turn into DFS?
Firstly, Flight School is not DFS. Flight School is a standalone experience designed to teach players the basics of flight simulation in a fun, accessible way. Flight Simulator is still very much in active development, and upon release will be a much bigger and feature-rich simulator.
Why have we made Flight School? What is our intent for this new simulator?
We have spent the last two years listening to both existing and would-be simmers alike. We have been intent on discovering what keeps you all simming, and what stops those who would like to get into flight simulation from doing so. We learned that flight simulation appeals to an incredible amount of people, a lot of which find it too hard to get started with. It is our aim to reclaim those would-be simmers, but in order to do so, we need to present flight simulation in a way that doesn't initially overwhelm them. That is where Flight School comes in.
So you didn’t develop Flight School with existing simmers in mind, you may ask?
Flight School has been developed to give anyone who wants to give flight simming a try the chance to do so. While established simmers will likely already know what we are aiming to teach, it is a chance to get an early preview of some of the new technologies we have implemented which will be carried over to DFS. Of course if you fancy brushing up on your skills or putting them to the test, then Flight School has piloting tests and missions which will also do just that.
But enough about Flight School – here is what you can expect from DFS.
Dovetail Games Flight School and Dovetail Games Flight Simulator do share the same underlying technology. In 2014, we acquired the rights to develop and publish new flight simulators utilizing Microsoft’s genre-defining flight simulation technology. This means that both Flight School and Flight Simulator are based on an evolution of Flight Simulator X technology.
Our goal is to put flight simulation at the forefront of people’s minds once more and present the genre in a way that doesn't initially overwhelm new simmers. With Flight School, we have created a realistic representation of how pilots learn to fly. Flight Simulator builds upon the foundations of Flight School, however it will include more content, additional features, and will extend the technology even further… and that’s just the beginning!
DTG Flight Simulator is still very much in development and is planned to be more expansive and evolved than Flight School. We are committed to developing a cutting edge flight simulator which takes full advantage of modern PCs and can be continuously built upon. For starters, Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will be a 64-bit simulator using DirectX 11 and take full advantage of modern GPU and CPU performance.
We are in this for the long term and intend to support and expand upon DFS for years to come. We aren’t just going to make a new simulator – we intend to build a new simulation platform which grows with you, our players, over time.
And finally, yes, Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will include a Free Flight mode which will allow you to explore and fly wherever you want in the world from the very start.
Right now the team is heads down working hard on developing the sim to its fullest potential, so we may go a little quiet for a while until we have more news to share. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to answer as many of them as we can.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, we consider ourselves to be very lucky to be part of such a passionate community of simmers.
Want to find out more about Dovetail Games Flight School? Find us online here:
Want to talk about Dovetail Games Flight Simulator? Check out the new dedicated DFS sub forum here on Steam:
You can also download our announcement pack from the link below if you would like talk about this news on your website, blog or YouTube channel.
Download the announcement pack:
Press Announcement – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034581.pdf
Community Announcement – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034582.pdf
DTG Flight School Art – https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034566.jpg
DTG Flight School Screenshot - https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/18677/5034553.jpg
- The Dovetail Games Flight Simulation Team