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Microsoft Job Cuts And the future of the FS franchise

#1 User is offline   Dredd 

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:14 AM

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Posted ImageReport: Microsoft Makes Big Cuts At Flight Sim Studio

Redmond, Washington-based ACES Studio, the Microsoft-owned internal group behind the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series, has been heavily affected by Microsoft's ongoing job cuts.

Development sources have told Gamasutra that a large portion of the dev house's staff has been let go - with multiple reports indicating that the entire Flight Simulator team has been axed.

The Microsoft-owned Flight Simulator is possibly the game industry's longest-running continuous franchise.

The first Microsoft-branded version was released in 1982, and ongoing development stretches back over more than a quarter-century and twelve main versions.

The most recent version, Flight Simulator X, was released in 2006 and said to have been a success, with an expansion in 2007. A Microsoft representative had confirmed at that time that further editions of the game were in development.

Corroborating the reports, Twitter messages from collaborators of the Flight Simulator workers are claiming that the layoffs occurred earlier today, following Microsoft's announcement that it would immediately cut around 1,400 jobs.

The Flight Sim series is well-known not just for its official releases, but for its unusually dedicated fan base, which has produced copious amounts of user mods and resources for players.

Also in development at ACES Studio was Microsoft Train Simulator 2, the followup to Kuju's original 2001 game. The sequel was previously speculated to be releasing this year. Furthermore, ACES Studio was responsible for Microsoft ESP, a wide-ranging "visual simulation platform" based on Flight Simulator X technology.

The future of the three software lines in or out of house is unclear, particularly given how extensive the ACES Studio layoffs are said to be, but Gamasutra has contacted Microsoft for comment on the report.

Get the full story here: http://www.gamasutra...php?story=21981
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:21 AM

Well that sucks... If you find out more, keep us updated!

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:40 AM

It's not proved, for now it's just a rumor, let's hope it will stay a rumor..
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:16 PM

Not just rumour I'm afraid Phil, the employees have 60 days to find alternate employment within Microsoft ..
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:19 PM

Heres some more sombre reading:

http://www.steve-lacey.com/

And from Hal Bryan's personal blog .. (For those who don't know, Hal was amougst the ACES team)

http://halbryan.spac...px?sa=536777821

And Mike Gilbert himself:

http://msmvps.com/bl...s-for-this.aspx
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:46 PM

Oh God.. :(
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:53 PM

View PostDredd, on Jan 23 2009, 05:16 PM, said:

Not just rumour I'm afraid Phil, the employees have 60 days to find alternate employment within Microsoft ..


so what, is that the end of the road for fs????????????????
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View PostCessna tomtom, on Jan 23 2009, 10:53 PM, said:

View PostDredd, on Jan 23 2009, 05:16 PM, said:

Not just rumour I'm afraid Phil, the employees have 60 days to find alternate employment within Microsoft ..


so what, is that the end of the road for fs????????????????


Well, yes, basicly.
They've got rid of the staff.

They could rehire, but I don't see it happening.

FSX is the end, I'm afraid.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:42 PM

View PostMilk, on Jan 23 2009, 11:34 PM, said:

View PostCessna tomtom, on Jan 23 2009, 10:53 PM, said:

View PostDredd, on Jan 23 2009, 05:16 PM, said:

Not just rumour I'm afraid Phil, the employees have 60 days to find alternate employment within Microsoft ..


so what, is that the end of the road for fs????????????????


Well, yes, basicly.
They've got rid of the staff.

They could rehire, but I don't see it happening.

FSX is the end, I'm afraid.


Ms have made a bad move there they could get a lot of money if they had decided to release another one.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:44 PM

I don't think Microsoft are worried about Money :lol:
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:47 PM

Wow. The end of a 27 year old project. Lets hope that Microsoft can either somehow repopulate the ACES studios in the future when times are better, or another company such as X-Plane or FlightGear can step up to the plate.

Shocking, Unexpected news.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:08 PM

View PostFox, on Jan 23 2009, 11:47 PM, said:

Wow. The end of a 27 year old project. Lets hope that Microsoft can either somehow repopulate the ACES studios in the future when times are better, or another company such as X-Plane or FlightGear can step up to the plate.

Shocking, Unexpected news.


they will never be flight simulator though. :(
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:11 PM

New blog post at AVsim has a bit more insight:
http://forums1.avsim...mp;showentry=35
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:13 PM

It's such a bummer. :(

I never got to have the newest version. I was always one version behind. =\
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:40 PM

Well the champagne bottles are out at X-Plane.
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