Microsoft Studios revealed today that they're wrapping up the beta for Microsoft Flight, successor to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The flight sim will launch worldwide on February 29th.
Flight will be free to download and play. All players will be able to explore the skies above the Big Island of Hawaii. The game will support itself through the sale of optional DLC.
The first premium DLC is the the Hawaiian Adventure Pack. This expansion unlocks the rest of the Hawaii along with new challenges and missions. Players will also get access to the Vans RV-6A, a single-engine plane known for its speed and manueverability. Hawaiian Adventure will be available through Games for Windows - LIVE for 1600 MS Points ($20).
Additionally, Microsoft will be selling two planes at launch:
"The Maule M-7-260C is a rugged utility aircraft that is especially adept at handling take-offs and landings on rough, unprepared surfaces. Players can find out what makes the Maule the plane of choice for adventurous bush pilots by trying tricky landing challenges that push the aircraft’s ability to land on rough airstrips. They can enter the Maule’s beautifully recreated cockpit and take the controls to transport people and cargo to complete jobs and advance their pilot career."
"The North American P-51 Mustang is a historical fighter plane with strong performance characteristics, maneuverability and sharp looks. Stripped of guns and some weight, this version represents a restored Mustang that might be found at airshows today. The Mustang’s superb agility makes it a great option to choose to complete hoops courses and master many other skilled challenges and missions found in the game."
Accompanying today's announcement was a new behind-the-scenes video. In the video, the development team gives a walk-through of the process of recreating aircraft in the game.