Microsoft Flight Simulator the victim of staff layoffs?

Microsoft confirmed the closure of Aces Game Studio to IGN today, the internal development studio responsible for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Amidst the 5,000 job cuts at Microsoft it appears as though Microsoft Flight Simulator is the first product victim. In a statement to IGN, Kelda Rericha of Edelman, Microsoft's public relations firm, said that the decision was made within Microsoft's Internal Entertainment Business "to align our people against our highest priorities."

Microsoft Flight Simulator dates back over 25 years with the first edition released in late 1982. Does this mean that Flight Simulator is a victim of the layoffs? According to Rericha, "We are committed to the Flight Simulator franchise which has proven to be a successful PC based game for the last 27 years. You should expect us to continue to invest in enabling great LIVE experiences on Windows, including flying games, but we have nothing specific to announce at this time."

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They made one of the best flight sims, and there pulling out as this genre of game is dying (which is a shame).
I still think there a market for it and wish they continue development.

MS prob did the right thing... I cant imagine the sales for the the FS games would be profitable anymore... train simulator?... cmon.. these games are very "hobby" oriented and just doesnt keep pace with the "halo" generation as far as sales are concerned...

This is crazy. I do believe it was actually profitable but MS seems to be eliminating all game studios that aren't X-box specific.

including flying games,

And that's just adding insult to injury. I'm willing to bet 75% of private pilots own Flight Simulator and use it to train. For example: turn off the exterior views, and look at just the gauges. For those of you that don't understand how pilots function, think about loading flight sim, never looking outside, taking off, flying around, and landing exactly where you're supposed to be (and never looking out a window).

Hopefully they'll contract out development or sell the rights to another company who can continue the tradition. There is still X-Plane, but nothing has the loyalty of Flight Sim.

the world economy is in tatters and EVERYONE is feeling the pinch. if things perk back up, then they may just bring these things back.

hitler and flightsim

The last decent flight simulators was :msfs2004, x-plane, lomac and falcon4, all of them are 5 year old game (or even old).

Truly, the genre is clearly dead, just a group of hardcore players will keep playing it.


You should expect us to continue to invest in enabling great LIVE experiences on Windows, including flying games

Microsoft Flight Simulator LIVE ? or is this the end of MFS as we know it, there will be another 'flying game' but it wont be MFS anymore

They have already for the second time halted development on MSTS2, scheduled for release last quarter this year. i am very disjointed in Microsoft, once again they let us down :(

They got so far developing that game its u unbelievable they called it quits now!

This is truly a shame for people who like flight simulation. There are other alternatives of course, but to me nothing like the one from MS. Luckily they released the acceleration pack at least.

Sounds like MSTS (Train Simulator) might be affected as well. I believe it is scheduled to be released this year...the last release was quite a while back.

oh what i was hoping full directx 10/11 flight sim would be on the way in the shape of FS11 ... guess not now way to ruin a long standing and exceptionally large and loyal community microsoft...

Well, Flight Simulator X was meant to be full DX10 and the preview shots looked amazing - unfortunately it was all hype and the actual product wasn't even close. I'd rather they left it for a good 3-5yrs before trying again.

Who plays Flight Simulator here everytime it is released?

Last time I played it was on the Atari, I had no idea this educational game was created by MS.

thenonhacker said,
Who plays Flight Simulator here everytime it is released?

Last time I played it was on the Atari, I had no idea this educational game was created by MS.

I play the latest Flight Simulator release that my hardware allows for (Flight Simulator X since I upgraded my video card...Flight Simulator 2004 before that). I love the games.

Surely they could cut something else, something Microsoft isn't very good at rather than something they are good at. It would be better axing parts of Windows Live that people don't use.