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With the former Microsoft Flight Simulator series effectively shut down years ago and the free-to-play experiment Microsoft Flight being abandoned, it would be easy to assume the series doesn’t have a future. In fact, there are big plans for the franchise, but not from Microsoft: Dovetail Games, the studio responsible for the Train Simulator series, has announced that it has secured the rights to the series and plans to both re-release one of the series’ best games and to develop new ones.

Dovetail’s announcement today is for a global licensing deal with Microsoft. What that means is the company now owns the rights to develop new games using the technology from Microsoft’s games–rights it plans to put to use by releasing a new game of some sort in 2015.

While working on that new project, Dovetail will re-release 2006′s Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition–the final game in the proper Flight Simulator series, pictured above and to the right–through Steam. Known as Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, this version of the game will include all of the content from the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration expansion pack. It’s expected out on PC in “late 2014.” We don’t yet know whether the game will sport any improvements or additions (be it a visual overhaul or support for Steam features), but we’ve contacted Dovetail to learn more.

This announcement comes just days after Microsoft announced that online multiplayer servers for Microsoft Flight would be shut down this October, although the single-player will remain “largely intact.” Fans still playing will already have become accustomed to not getting any new content, as Microsoft ceased development on the title in 2012. Prior to that, in 2009, Microsoft shut down Aces Studio, the former publisher of the Flight Simulator series, signaling what appeared at the time to be the end of the series.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has spoken this year about Microsoft’s recommitment to PC gaming. While these Flight Simulator developments aren’t internal projects, at least Microsoft has chosen to hand the franchise off to a studio with an established history of making simulator games.

Are you still interested in the Flight Simulator series? What would you like to see from next year’s game? Let us know in the comments.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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If you felt like you always missed out on neat Japanese Pokemon merchandise exclusives that only came out in places like the Tokyo Pokemon Center, you may soon get a chance to buy them yourself. Nintendo today launched the countdown clock for an official online Pokemon Center.

Of course, the US already has a Nintendo store in New York, and several smaller shops in Washington, but a site like this holds the promise of making limited-edition, Pokemon-specific items more easily accessible and readily available to other parts of the country.

Right now you can order three things: a plush Pikachu for $ 12.99, a set of Eevee evolution charms for $ 23.92, or a purple Mewtwo Tumbler for $ 17.50. The countdown isn’t set to end until August 6, so we’ll have quite a long wait to find out what exciting items the store will have available once it goes live. Personally, I’m holding out for a classy Pikachu in a polo.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald

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Update: In a statement to Siliconera, a representative of Squids Odysseys developer The Game Bakers revealed that cross-buy for the game will not be coming to the United States. When asked if the promotion would ever come overseas, the representative responded that Nintendo of America “could not support this operation yet.”

“We really like this promotion and wished to make it happen for all gamers,” the developer continued, “but [Nintendo of America] could not support this kind of promotion.”

It looks like it will still be some time before Nintendo cross-buy is a reality for Americans.

Original Story:

For many months now, owners of PlayStation devices have enjoyed the Cross-Buy program that Sony started to incentivize game purchases. For compatible titles, you can buy the game once on a PlayStation 4 and receive a copy for free on the PlayStation 3 and Vita.

With games releasing more frequently on both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, many people expected that a similar program would come to the systems. But until now, Nintendo had only offered discounts for people who wanted to buy both games.

Squids Odyssey is now the first game to offer a free Wii U copy for those who purchase the 3DS version. At the moment, this is limited to the European eShop, and it only works when you buy the 3DS version first. But this is a sign that Nintendo might be inspired by Sony’s Cross-Buy program and could potentially allow it with more games in the future.

Nintendo has not said anything about potential discounts or cross-buy for upcoming games such as Super Smash Bros. that are launching for both systems.

Do you think that Nintendo will begin more extensive cross-buy promotions? Let us know in the comments!

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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