Microsoft Flight, which was the company’s flight simulation game that brought enhanced scenery, beautiful terrain, new aircrafts, and integrated content marketplace as well as being a highly anticipated PC title, has been cancelled. All 35 staff members have been laid off as well.
“Microsoft Flight” was a new PC game from Microsoft Game Studios that brought a new perspective to the long-standing “Flight Simulator” franchise. Unfortunately, due to cuts, all 35 staff members have been laid off and the game is no longer in development, however, it is still being supported for the time being. “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. Microsoft Studios is always evaluating its portfolio of products to determine what is best for gamers, families and the company, and this decision was the result of the natural ebb and flow of our portfolio management. Many factors were considered in the difficult decision to stop development on Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia, but we feel it will help us better align with our long-term goals and development plans. For Microsoft Flight, we will continue to support the community that has embraced the title and the game will still be available to download for free at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/.”