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That is right folks, and fans of the Flight Simulator franchise, there is a chance that Flight Simulator X could be the last game of the franchise.

 

Microsoft Confirms Aces Closure

Studio responsible for Flight Simulator shut down amidst layoffs.

by Jason Ocampo

IGN

 

January 23rd, 2009 - Microsoft has confirmed the closure of Aces Game Studio, the internal development studio responsible for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Flight Simulator is one of the company's oldest product lines, stretching back more than 20 years. The closure came amidst the company's first major layoffs in its history, announced on Thursday. Approximately 5,000 Microsoft employees will be laid off; around 1,400 were cut immediately, with the remainder to but cut over the next 18 months.

 

In a statement, 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."

 

The closure of Aces marks the shuttering of another major developer within Microsoft Game Studios. Since September of 2007, the company has shut down FASA Studio (Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, and Shadowrun), announced the closure of Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires), and Carbonated Games (Hexic HD, Uno). In addition, Bungie, the studio responsible for Halo, left Microsoft Games Studios and became an independent studio, though Microsoft does maintain an ownership stake in it.

 

Does this mean the end of the Flight Simulator franchise? 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."

 

http://pc.ign.com/articles/947/947737p1.html

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One of my co-workers will be crushed to hear this. He's been using the Flight Simulator series for more than 10 years.

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Unless you were using a super-fast computer, all FS did was frustrate users. Either the graphics were slow or the game crashed. Maybe once MS gets over their "fears" of the economy, they'll come back stronger with a better game.

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Unless you were using a super-fast computer, all FS did was frustrate users. Either the graphics were slow or the game crashed. Maybe once MS gets over their "fears" of the economy, they'll come back stronger with a better game.

 

I beg to differ.

 

FS9 is 5 years old, and even till now, it is still widely used by enthusiasts. (Including me) Hell, FS2002 is still being used. It doesn't take a supercomputer to run FS. Even with FSX, if you messed with the right settings, and upgraded some parts of your computer, you could get away with performance.

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I'm serious, i know all you windows users love FS, but look into x-plane, they have a free demo....... B)

 

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I'm serious, i know all you windows users love FS, but look into x-plane, they have a free demo....... B)

 

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X-Plane may be the next best thing, but I think I will pass on that one. Doesn't it take a 60GB install?

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X-Plane may be the next best thing, but I think I will pass on that one. Doesn't it take a 60GB install?

 

Nah, the demo is 1 gig. The full game runs off the dvd plus a ~4 gig HD install.

 

For mac it's smaller, no DLL's, much more streamlined. I love the 777 and duck, and the experimental stuff austin made for it. Really fun and cool!

 

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