Microsoft Flight Development Ended, Layoffs In Vancouver

If you’ve enjoyed playing Microsoft Flight, better get your time in while you can. Microsoft confirmed today that development on the game has ended. The cancellation was part of a shakeup at Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver, a shakeup that included the cancellation of Kinect-based children’s game, and unspecified layoffs. The news came to Kotaku thanks to an anonymous tipster.

Microsoft’s official statement clarifies that Flight will continue to be supported for people who play it:

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/.

As Kotaku notes, this is the latest of a series of setbacks for the Vancouver gaming industry. Naturally, Game Front’s thoughts go out to the newly unemployed staff, and wish you the best of luck. Also, thank your lucky stars you live in Canada, where the Internet might suck, but at least you won’t go broke or die after losing your health insurance.

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