Dovetail thinking long-term with DFS

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Dovetail Games Flight School
Dovetail Games Flight School

As we are all aware by now, Dovetail Games have announced two new simming platforms that are to hit our computers during 2016.  One is the Flight School sim that will primarily be aimed at flight simulator “newbies” and others that feel that they need to learn how to handle an aircraft and all it entails better.  The other project is much more comprehensive and therefore interesting to the seasoned simmers – Dovetail Flight Simulator (or DFS for short).

Simmingly have reached out to Dovetail Games to see if we can get more information on this new platform, and judging by their answer, FSX-SE will most probably be left behind once DFS is released.  Here is what they had to say:

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We are fully committed to supporting FSX: SE for the foreseeable future and we are focused on expanding the current choice of content available to simmers. This includes bringing new and exclusive content to Steam. Currently, we have no further plans to update FSX: SE any further, however if issues do come up, we will of course look into them.

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They do say that FSX-SE will be supported for the time being, but there are no plans to update it anymore (in short – it will be available alongside DFS).  This probably means that FSX-SE will live but only as long as it takes for it to be overtaken by DFS as a platform of choice for the community.

The release date of the Flight School is set for April, but DFS release date is not known yet, except that it will be towards the end of 2016 as confirmed by Dovetail.

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Flight School will be released in April 2016, while Dovetail Games Flight Simulator is currently expected to release towards the end of 2016.

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Exciting developments for sure and 2016 has started off with a bang.  Lets hope that Dovetail listens to the voice of the community when designing DFS.  We do often have unrealistic expectations from the sim (60fps with heavy clouds at Heathrow, for example), but overall majority have lots of good ideas that could be implemented if there is a will, time and money.

For a bit more extra information on the developments, watch the video posted by Jordan King giving his insight into the news and what DFS may actually look like once finished.

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