Properly, that didn’t final lengthy. Microsoft confirmed as we speak that it has ended growth of Microsoft Flight, the “freemium” PC title that the corporate launched less than six months ago as a follow-up to its discontinued Flight Simulator franchise.
We had been impressed by our time with the game, but it surely apparently didn’t catch on with a large viewers. Flight was criticized closely by followers of the basic Microsoft Flight Simulator, which mentioned it fell in need of a real simulation and didn’t reside up to the legacy of Flight Sim.
Microsoft says it’s going to proceed to assist the Flight group and make the sport obtainable to obtain totally free. Flight had represented a brand new path for Microsoft’s PC games group, which made the underlying sport obtainable totally free after which offered further content material and add-ons to generate income from avid customers.
The sport website Joystiq reports that Microsoft is shedding 35 individuals at its Vancouver, B.C., studios in conjunction with the discontinuation of Flight and one other challenge, dubbed “Columbia,” which Engadget describes as a Kinect-based digital storybook for kids. Microsoft isn’t confirming the layoffs.
Right here is Microsoft’s assertion on the information.
Microsoft Studios is all the time evaluating its portfolio of merchandise to decide what’s greatest for players, households and the corporate, and this resolution was the results of the pure ebb and move of our portfolio administration. Many elements had been thought of in the troublesome resolution to cease growth on “Microsoft Flight” however we really feel it’s going to assist us higher align with our long-term targets and growth plans. For “Microsoft Flight,” we are going to proceed to assist the group that has embraced the title and the sport will nonetheless be obtainable to obtain totally free at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/.