The long-running flight simulator X-Plane has been kicking around on iOS in a number of versions for a while, with the main versions being the X-Plane HDEF-4G ($9.99) and X-Plane for iPad ($9.99). Well, X-Plane 10 is coming to iOS soon, as the game has been submitted, and we’ve learned a number of details about what to expect from the latest version of this flight simulator that dates back to 1995. First, if you’re curious about X-Plane but haven’t wanted to pay upfront for it, the game will be free-to-play, with 9 aircraft that can be bought with IAP for $0.99 to $4.99.
The game will feature 5 scenery regions at launch, a new combat system, online multiplayer, and the Cessna 172 plane. The online multiplayer will be powered by Game Center for two players, and support voice chat. It will be available without in-app purchases as well.
Given how the desktop version of the game uses a variety of outside content to expand on the core game, and not all of it free, the free-to-play model makes sense here. Plus, for those intimidated by flight simulators, getting to check out this game at no upfront cost might just be a great way to get some more folks into this game. Pending Apple approval, expect this one by the end of the year.