Microsoft will not allow third parties to build content for its new Microsoft Flight game. They say that allowing third parties to develop content for the new game would simply cause brand confusion amongst customers. The game series has a rich tradition of third party content, but this latest iteration is a free-to-play game offering bonus content created and sold by Microsoft. Firms that have made a living off of creating additional content for past MS Flight games such as Just Flight and First Class Simulations have built expansions for Microsoft’s previous Flight Simulator titles and want in on this one.
"We’re trying something very different," MS Flight’s executive producer Joshua Howard told MCV. "Instead of opening this up to everything, anywhere, by anybody, which frankly creates sort of a confusing mess for a new customer, we get to manage it more, tell a story, help it grow and get on its feet.
"I believe this ecosystem will come to be larger than the existing product’s ecosystem," he continued. "And that will be a point where I can’t meet the appetite of a customer base, and I will invest to bring more people in."
He goes on to say that Microsoft wants this game to reach beyond its usual target audience and bring in those who don't consider themselves "gamers." MS Flight releases on February 29. It could also land on other platforms in the future, though for right now it will only be available on Games for Windows – Live.