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           The family tree of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator describes main developmental lines. The first version was made by Bruce Artwick in his subLOGIC corporation and it was released in 1980. Then subLOGIC made the first edition for Microsoft in 1982. There were released many next versions and editions under subLOGIC and Microsoft trademark to the end of 1995. The issues for Microsoft were made by subLOGIC and later from 1989 (B. Artwick left subLOGIC) to 1995 by BAO (Bruce Artwick Organization). Then Bruce Artwick sold all Flight Simulator rights to Microsoft. Microsoft developed Flight Simulator until 2008. The last version is Microsoft Flight Simulator X. In 2009 they sold source code to Lockheed Martin which continues with development of the product called Prepar3D (the first version was issued in 2010). In 2012 Microsoft released Flight, but it was not understood as a successor of Flight Simulator. In 2014 Dovetail Games announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and to develop further products based on Microsoft's technology. In May 2017 Dovetail Games released (Early Access) their flight simulation project called Flight Sim World.

The family tree of Microsoft Flight Simulator

The family tree of Microsoft Flight Simulator (press the picture to zoom)

           In a table below you can find a year of release of all known subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator releases, versions and partial modifications for all computer platforms. There are some next flight simulation related programs by subLOGIC, BAO and Microsoft as well. The table is as detailed as possible.

The evolution of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator

year of

version

computer

release

1979 subLOGIC 3D Graphics (The demo depicts 14 still monochromatic pictures of the future Flight Simulator) Apple II

1980

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on tape, sub-version 1

Apple II

1980

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on tape

TRS-80 Model I

1980

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on 5,25inch FD, sub-version 2

Apple II

1980

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on tape

TRS-80 Model III

1981

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on 5,25inch FD

TRS-80 Model I

1981

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on 5,25inch FD

TRS-80 Model III

?

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 on 5,25inch FD, sub-version 3

Apple II

1982

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00

IBM PC

1983

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.0

Apple II, Apple II+, Apple IIe

1983

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.05

IBM PC

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.05

Apple II, Apple II+, Apple IIe, Apple IIc

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 2.0

Apple II+, Apple IIe, Apple IIc

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.05

Atari 400/ 800/ 800XL/ 600XL/ 1200XL/ 1400XL/ 1450XLD

?

subLOGIC or Microsoft Flight Simulator ? for Cessna's retail stores?

?

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.01 cassette version

Commodore 64

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.01 on FD

Commodore 64

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.05 on FD

Commodore 64

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II

amateur conversion from C 64 to C+/4 computer

1984

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.00

Data General/One

1984

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.10

IBM PC, PCjr

1984

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.10A

IBM PC, PCjr

1984

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.11 (internal update to correct the no color problem on PCjr)

IBM PC, PCjr

1984

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0

Texas Instruments Professional Computer

1985

subLOGIC Jet v 1.0

Commodore 64, Commodore 128

1985

subLOGIC Jet v 1.0

IBM PC, PCjr

1985

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12

IBM PC, PC XT, PC AT, PCjr

1985

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 (a special release for AST Research)

IBM PC

1985

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12

Tandy 1000/1200HD/2000

1986

subLOGIC Jet v 1.0

Apple II, Apple II+, Apple IIe, Apple IIc

1986

subLOGIC Jet v 2.0

Commodore 64, Commodore 128

1986

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.0 monochrome version

Atari ST

1986

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.0 colour version

Atari ST

1986

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.0

Amiga

1986

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.01

NEC PC-9801F/VF/VM

1986

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.01

NEC PC-9801U2/UV2

1986

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.13

IBM PC, PC XT, PC AT, PCjr, IBM PC Convertible

1986

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00

Apple Macintosh, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE

1986

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.02

Apple Macintosh, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE

1987

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.07

Atari XE

1987

subLOGIC Jet v 1.01

Atari ST

1987

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.1 monochrome & colour version

Atari ST

1987

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.1

Amiga

1987

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.2

Amiga

1987

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II v 1.00 

Tandy Color Computer 3

1987

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.14

IBM PC and Compatible, PC XT, PC AT, PCjr, PS/2

1988

subLOGIC Jet v 1.0

Amiga

1988

subLOGIC Jet v 2.14

IBM PC/XT/AT/Compatible PS/2

1988

subLOGIC Flight Simulator with torpedo attack

MSX 1, MSX 2

1988

subLOGIC Flight Simulator with torpedo attack

NEC PC-8801

1988

Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 on 5,25inch FD

IBM PC and Compatibles

1988

Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 on both 5,25 and 3,5inch FD in one box

Tandy, IBM PC and Compatibles

1988

Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 on 3,5inch FD

IBM PC and Compatibles, IBM PS/2

Bruce Artwick left subLOGIC late 1988 followed with some of his colleagues. Then he established a new company called BAO (Bruce Artwick Organization). It is very important for future that he is an owner of a license for the trademark Flight Simulator. SubLOGIC with Stu Moment as a head continued with making flight simulation programs and add-ons.

1989

subLOGIC Thunder Chopper v 1.0

IBM PC/Tandy/Compatibles

1989

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0

IBM PC and Compatibles

1989

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0A

IBM PC, PS/2

1990

subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot

IBM PC/Tandy/Compatible

1990

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b

IBM PC, PS/2

1990

Microsoft Aircraft & Scenery Designer

MS DOS

1991

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0

Apple Macintosh Series

1992

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b

NEC PC-9800 Series

1993

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0

MS DOS

1994

subLOGIC Flight Light

MS DOS

1994

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0a

MS DOS

1994

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0a

NEC PC-9821/PC9800/PC-H98

1995

subLOGIC Flight Light Plus

MS DOS, Windows

1995

BAO Flight Simulator Flight Shop

MS DOS, Windows

1995

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 on 3,5inch FD

MS DOS

End of the year 1995 was significant for both subLOGIC and BAO as well. Artwick sold BAO to Microsoft and by chance in that time Sierra bought subLOGIC.

1996

(Sierra) subLOGIC Flight CD ROM

MS DOS, Windows

1996

BAO Tower

Windows

1996

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 CD ROM

MS DOS

1996

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95 v 6.0

Windows

1997

Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 v 6.1

Windows

1998

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator WWII Europe Series

Windows

1999

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 v 7.0 (professional and standard edition)

Windows

2000

Update to 2000b version

Windows

2000

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 WWII Pacific Theatre

Windows

2001

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 v 8.0 (professional and standard edition)

Windows

2002

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 Battle for Europe

Windows

2003

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 v 9.0

Windows

2004

Update to 9.1 version

Windows

2006

Microsoft Flight Simulator X v10.0 (deluxe [professional] and standard edition)

Windows

2007

Service Pack 1 for Flight Simulator X

Windows

2007

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Acceleration Expansion Pack

Windows

2007

Service Pack 2 for Flight Simulator X

Windows

2008

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition

Windows

Microsoft sold source code and rights of Microsoft ESP (a commercial version of Microsoft Flight Simulator X) to Lockheed Martin. They started to produce Prepar3D.

2010 Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D v1 Windows

2012

Microsoft Flight Windows
2013 Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D v2 Windows

On the 9th of July 2014 Dovetail Games announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and to develop further products based on Microsoft's technology for the entertainment market.

2014

Microsoft Flight Simulator X : Steam Edition Windows
2015 Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D v3 Windows
2015 Microsoft Flight Simulator X : Steam Edition Premium Windows
2017 Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D v4 Windows
2017 Dovetail Games Flight Sim World Windows

 

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