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Posts tagged “Dovetail Games”

Feature: Reflections on Flight Sim World's mayfly-brief existence

The Flare Path: From Early Access to Early Grave

Having spent around eight months in Early Access and then three in a mysterious state called “Phase 2”, Flight Sim World, Dovetail Games' modernised-but-feature-trimmed-and-unfinished version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, is officially dead. On Monday, out of the blue, DTG announced that work on the project has come to an end. Apparently, there simply weren't enough customers to justify continuing. As the team assembled by the…

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Flight Sim World leaves early access but work continues

Dovetail Games have officially cleared Flight Sim World to depart from Early Access International on a red-eye flight to full release, though you might want to hold off if you prefer your planes (games) with all their wings (features). The flight sim, which is built upon the licensed technoguts of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, officially left early access last week but Dovetail say that was…

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Feature: WELL?

The Flare Path: What are they all playing this weekend?

April showers filling my gutters, May blossom spangling my hedge, June bugs headbutting my window... Mother Nature seems to have muddled her months this year. I'm not one for idle gossip as you well know but Mr Valentine at the sweet shop reckons she's back on the gin. Apparently she reeked of the stuff when she came in for her sherbet lemons on Monday. Just…

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Flight Sim World takes off into early access clouds

Giant flying machinery simulator Flight Sim World [official site] has taken to the early access skies today. Will it soar and glide like a divine condor, or will its engine splutter and crash like a divine condor that has suddenly died of a heart attack? With metaphors like this, who can say. It’s from Dovetail Games, the makers of the Train Simulator series, responsible for…

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Flight Sim World building upon MS Flight Simulator soon

Train Simulator developers Dovetail Games have announced Flight Sim World [official site], a new fly 'em up built upon the licensed guts of Microsoft Flight Sim. It will let us pilot simulated aeroplanes. Flight Sim World is due to take to the skies of Steam Early Access for a test flight later this month, but for now you can at least watch this collection of…

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Train Sim World pulls choo ’em up into Unreal Engine

The makers of Train Simulator are riding the rails in Unreal Engine 4 for the first time, having finally made the long-promised switch from their own janky engine with the release of Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul [official site] last week. It certainly looks prettier than old Train Sim, at least. While Train Sim's many DLC add-ons cover thousands of miles and scenarios by…

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Feature: Drive on Moscow test-drive + sim news

The Flare Path: Makes For Moscow

Men in balaclavas and frosty greatcoats are jumping up and down to keep warm. Lumps of snow dislodged from bowed pine boughs by rising exhaust fumes fall like icing sugar mortar bombs on idling panzers. A few miles away to the east, framed by twin smoke columns, the fairy domes of St Basil's Cathedral gewgaw a cloudless, corpse-blue sky. Everyone wants to know 'What's the…

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Train Simulator 2016 Now Chuggity-Chugging Away

2015 is not the year that Train Simulator makes its promised switch to the Unreal Engine 4. Instead, this year's revision Train Simulator 2016 [official site] brings a small set of updates and a new selection of content for the base game. Even as Train Simulator updates go, this year's seems pretty slim. An optimist might say that could indicate developers Dovetail Games are focusing…

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Feature: Simulation & Wargame Blather

The Flare Path: Dave Does Dovetail

Six Sure Signs That Your Sim Studio is a Spectacular Success: You're planning to hire more than 50 people over the coming year. You can afford Sean Bean's vocal chords. Your CEO has been decorated for services to the videogame industry. The International Institute of Carpentry has named a joint after you. You're confident enough to sell musty old MSFS add-ons for £13 a go. The…

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First Official New Flight Simulator X Add-On Announced

You can keep yer HoloLenses; the best thing Microsoft have done for PC gaming recently is let simulation developer Dovetail Games take over maintenance and further development on Flight Simulator X. The game has been well served by its community and third-party developers, but Dovetail taking an official role has let the game be sold through Steam and prompted the creation of official add-ons, the…

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Train Simulator Spirited Away To Story Of Forest Rail

While I don't play Train Simulator 2015, I've been keenly awaiting the release of a certain DLC pack so I could post about it. The Story of Forest Rail, you see, is a semi-fictional route winding through beautiful and colourful Japanese countryside, partially inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. I am always in favour of such things existing, and am glad to see it in…

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Flight Simulator X Lands On Steam December 18th

Microsoft might long ago have abandoned Flight Simulator X when they dismantled its developer shortly after release, but for the past eight years the game has been supported dutifully by its community and third-party developers. That's continuing next week when Dovetail Games - famed for Train Simulator and its oodles of DLC - are bringing an updated version of the game to Steam. The slight…

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Feature: Carping On

Premature Evaluation: Dovetail Games Fishing

Each Monday, Marsh Davies sticks his beak into Steam Early Access and returns with whatever stories and/or pearlescent, writhing grubs he can find. This week, he pops a wriggler onto a hook and tosses it into the gentle waters of Dovetail Games Fishing. “Welcome to the great indoors,” is Dovetail Games’ pitch for its simulation; all the fun of fishing without the need to cultivate…

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Water Witchery: Dovetail Games Fishing On Early Access

Fishing, as I understand it, is not about catching fish. It's all a macabre ritual to invoke a pleasant Sunday afternoon by the water, isn't it? The fisher delicately scratches the hook across their fingernail and nods at the white line left by a sharp point. Fingertips descend into maggots, grubbing for a fresh sacrifice, a juicy virgin. Meat and metal meet as, with the…

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Ghost Train Simulator: The Count Of Monster Disco

A dracula wants you to nip out in your ghost train to pick up a few supplies for his Halloween party. That's a thing. That's real. It's 2014's Halloween gag game from Train Simulator folks Dovetail, and far more extravagant than past 'Trains vs. Zombies' offerings. Its name alone deserves its own line: The Count of Monster Disco. Cor! That's a name and a half…

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Training Wheels: Train Simulator 2015 Introducing School

I sometimes fancy visiting the countryside in the driver's cab of a virtual train, especially now I've seen the new Japanese DLC route inspired by Spirited Away, but know I'll never put the time into teaching myself to drive one from manuals and tutorial videos. Almost as if they knew train simulators appear terrifyingly complex from the outside, Dovetail Games have announced they'll tackle that…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Devoted To Dovetail

Dovetail Games' vision and mission statements are remarkably similar to The Flare Path's. Replace “company” with “column”, “hobbies” with “articles”, and “delight and retain customers” with “debag and retrain readers” and they're pretty much identical. Whether we see eye to eye on flight simulation matters remains to be seen. I was rather hoping that this week's word slab would serve as a Rosetta Stone to…

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Train Sim Devs Getting Into Planes With Microsoft Tech

Microsoft are shutting down Microsoft Flight in October, they announced only last week It's a sad, small death for what was once of The Big Names in PC gaming. Well, sort of. This week brings news that as Microsoft Flight prepares to fly off into the sunset, Microsoft's fly 'em ups will live on in an unexpected way. Train Simulator creators Dovetail Games have licensed…

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From Train Lines To Fishing Lines: Dovetail Games Fishing

In Britain, we're particularly good at ignoring the functional reason for an activity or object so that we can enjoy it as a hobby. Stamps come to mind. We're not alone in this, of course, but I like to think we're the best at it. Olympic level trivialisers and meanderers. Dovetail Games, lords of the Train Simulator series, are masters of this art. Trains go…

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The Flare Path: Ducks The Issue

Simulatia shook like a flak-jostled Ju 88 on Wednesday afternoon when two long-longed-for sequels turned up within hours of each other. A better organised, less sleep-partial sim correspondent would have dashed-off pithy preliminary assessments of OMSI 2 and Wings Over Flanders Fields in time for his Friday column. Me, I'm still too busy pinching myself, rubbing the Fairey dust from my eyes, and deciding how…

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