Microsoft Flight Simulator was dead for a while, but it's due to return with one less word next year. Microsoft Flight is the name for the rebooted grandaddy of stately, faithfully-recreated aeorplanes, presumably because someone in marketing decided 'Simulator' didn't sound suitably lifestyle. Microsoft Game Studios have been quietly documenting MSF's progress over on their website for a while now, but they've just announced plans to open the bomb bay doors to interested beta testers next month. That all happens here.
You'll need to sign in or sign up with multiple tiers of Microsoft online service to throw your name in the hat, but you've probably already registered for half of it at some point over the years. And I didn't run into Games For Windows Live, at least not yet.
I won't pretend to be any kind of Flight Sim expert, but I'm very interested in what they do on a graphical level here. It's been a long time since the makers of Windows made a high-end Windows game, and as such they could play with aspects of DirectX 11 and high-end PC optimisation that most other games don't.
Here's the teaser from last year. There are more vids on the site, but they've turned off embeds, the big sillies.