Over on the Insider website, the Microsoft development team has revealed its development plans moving forward. The company also announced an end to its partnership with Dovetail Games.
As mentioned in the July 25 update, August is about setting expectations regarding the development process through launch. September is about defining how the community will be involved in the development process.
The current schedule for August is as follows:
- August 15 – Insider Program Kickoff (preview of Development Roadmap Release)
- August 22 – Development Roadmap Release (General Release)
- August 29 – Build Program Kickoff.
The development team explained: “One of the most important topics we see being discussed in the community is when we plan to start talking about the project. You want the information, the team wants to share this information, so where exactly is the information? It’s coming. The challenge with creating a transparent development process built on collaboration is that we have to work on the foundation for delivering that information before doing so. With that said, we will be kicking off our Feature Exploration Series in the fall where we will be working closely with the community to walk-through the next iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator in granular detail.”
The team is working to adjust the schedule to see what information can share earlier than planned. “More clarity on where we at in the process will be provided in the August 15 update.”
“Insiders! DRR preview release in t-minus seven days…”
Microsoft also announced the end of its partnership with Dovetail Games. The two companies entered into an agreement in 2014, allowing Dovetail Games to bring Flight Simulator X to Steam. Microsoft announced that it reached the end of the partnership agreement.
“We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to Dovetail Games for the partnership they’ve provided over the past five years. Going forward, Microsoft will take over support of Flight Simulator X and we look forward to sharing our next steps with the community in the very near future.”
Paul Jackson CEO Dovetail added: “We are incredibly proud to have looked after this fantastic flight sim during the last five years and we will continue publishing existing and new add-ons for FSX: Steam Edition on Steam”.
This change will not impact your game experience or impact existing or future add-ons purchased from Steam.
Microsoft concluded: “The return of Microsoft Flight Simulator X is an important step in embracing our accountability and responsibility to those that have come before us. And to those that continue to value and invest in the Microsoft Flight Simulator X experience.”
“That passion, investment, and appreciation must be recognized and reflected in our commitment to carry the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise into the next generation. We are not building on, but building from the product and history that is Microsoft Flight Simulator X.”
More information on its future plans for FSX will be “coming soon.”