The free-to-play flight sim is grounded in perpetuity.
Do you remember in 2008 when Microsoft unceremoniously shuttered Aces Studio, the developer behind one of gaming’s longest running franchises Flight Simulator? Well, history has kind of repeated itself today as all development on that franchise’s free-to-play successor, Microsoft Flight, has ceased as the ‘Big M’ elected to let go of 35 staff at one of its internal studios in Vancouver.
“Microsoft Studios has decided to end development on Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia. As a result of this action, some positions within the development teams have been eliminated. Microsoft human resources is working with the affected individuals to find new roles within the company,” read an official statement given to Gamespot AU.
“Microsoft Studios is invested in British Columbia and still has several teams, both in Vancouver and Victoria, which will continue to produce the best entertainment and gaming experiences possible.”
Just not flight sims, eh Microsoft? It’s always sad to hear about developers being let go, especially as Flight has only been in service since February. It’s worth noting that the service itself should remain live, it’s just that new content won’t be made available for it in the foreseeable future.
That said, seeing as the free-to-play game is entirely built around premium DLC, be it selling extra planes and maps for a modest fee, one has to wonder how long Microsoft will keep the service going without offering any new content to sell.
Tags: Microsoft Flight
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