You might remember Microsoft Flight Simulator. Ten games were released in the series, the last one being Flight Simulator X in 2006. Later, in 2012, we got a free-to-play followup called Microsoft Flight, which has since been shut down. But now, it's time to relive the glory days with Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.

Dovetail Games, of Train Simulator fame, are in charge of the re-release, having previously obtained the rights to develop games using Microsoft's flight sim technology in July. The deal also included the rights to re-launch FSX on Steam, and recently, Dovetail confirmed a release date: December 18. Yep, next week.

Here's Dovetail's blurb for the game:

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition delivers an authentically accurate aerial experience for simulation enthusiasts and those with a passion for all things flight. Pilots can climb into the cockpits of over twenty aircraft, from commercial and fighter jets to single-engine private planes and helicopters. More than 80 missions will test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more. The game features updated multiplayer functionality, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports, delivering a beautiful, connected world and vast horizon begging to be explored.

Sounds great. The last Microsoft flight sim I played (and just played—I was really young) was 2004. It might be time to try X, too.

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FSX: Steam Edition Takes Off on December 18 [Dovetail Games]

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