Flight Unlimited II is a 1997 flight simulator video game developed by
Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The player
controls one of five planes in the airspace of the San Francisco Bay
Area, which is shared with up to 600 artificially intelligent aircraft
directed by real-time air traffic control. The game eschews the
aerobatics focus of its predecessor, Flight Unlimited, in favor of
general civilian aviation. The team developed new physics code and an
engine, seeking to create an immersive world for the player and to
compete with the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. Commercially, Flight
Unlimited II performed well enough to recoup its development costs.
Critics lauded the game's graphics and simulated airspace, and several
praised its physics. However, some considered the game to be inferior to
Microsoft Flight Simulator '98. Following the completion of Flight
Unlimited II, its team split up to develop Flight Unlimited III (1999)
and Flight Combat (later Jane's Attack Squadron) simultaneously. Both
projects were troubled, and they contributed to the closure of Looking
Glass in May 2000.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_Unlimited_II>
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