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Future of Microsoft Flight Simulator is unknown

Microsoft is now among the many technology firms that have been hit with hard times. The answer to fixing the problems with profitability and poor performance for Microsoft and most other technology firms is to cut jobs and reduce spending.

Microsoft did just that when it announced earlier this week that it would chop 5,000 jobs from its workforce. Among the first casualties to come in the job cuts are reported to be the entire development team for Microsoft's long running Flight Simulator franchise.

Flight Simulator is one of the longest running franchises in gaming with the first version going back to 1982. In fact, Flight Simulator was the game that brought me from Atari consol games to PC gaming in my youth.

The fact that the entire Dev team for Flight Simulator has been axed all but guarantees that Flight Simulator is grounded. The same dev team was reportedly at the helm of another simulation product form Microsoft called Microsoft Train Simulator.

This is a sad day for gamers and fans of Flight Simulator and we can only hope that the axing of the development team doesn’t mean Flight Simulator X is the last version of the venerable game we will ever play.

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What the **$*?
By icanhascpu on 1/23/2009 10:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
"Microsoft is now among the many technology firms that have been hit with hard times."

4+ Billion dollar profit = hard times?

RE: What the **$*?
By Myg on 1/26/2009 8:09:05 AM , Rating: 2
Its a hard time for investors, because they arn't making the huge margins on their bets as they used to...

When the people with all the money start to cry, the whole world has to grovel at their feet to appease them.

RE: What the **$*?
By MrBlastman on 1/26/2009 10:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the next Flight Simulator team will improve upon the flight model - which, aside from level flight, is pretty lacking. They do not properly model a large part of the flight envelope. As a training tool for learning the basics of being a pilot, it is pretty good though.

RE: What the **$*?
By sliderule on 1/26/2009 6:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
Or code it so it utilizes the gpu more for physics. Flight Simulator seems horribly cpu dependent.

Doesn't matter though, Microsoft(like everyone else) has been treating pc gaming like a red headed step child anyways.

Damn you xbox!!11one. :)

RE: What the **$*?
By SiliconDoc on 2/23/2009 10:10:34 AM , Rating: 2
I watched a recently webbed documentary on the FS programmers and the CPU power...
So they are in the dev lab, and the msft geeker is explaining that he so desires to put into the FS engine the calculations for land heighth at like 1" intervals, which would require a teraflop-X amount of cpu cycles.
You could see the guy get his e-geek on talking about it...
Of course, the idiotic msft bloat doesn't stop at the millions of lines of bloatcode for the OS - no - there are insane wackos who think on a desktop screen viewing from 100's or 1,000's of virtual feet up in the sky, you need to have terrain calculated down to one inch increments - and it would be "so cool" to do it.
I just wanted to bash the idiot right through the e-line.
Yes, we know you can code it, YOU IDIOT...
Oh, he was half bald, tubby, homely, and wore big round 1970's geeker specs... and was living in a dream bubble, but I'm sure his Cray workstation could run the simmed 1" terrain test.
What a BLEEP ! moron

poor microsoft
By theantibush on 1/24/2009 11:51:26 AM , Rating: 2
The 'tech labor shortage' is really biting them on the ass.

By lagitup on 1/23/2009 12:11:00 PM , Rating: 1
Why not flight simulator obscure fixed-wing aircraft edition? Why did it have to be the regular edition of flight sim? The obscure fixed-wing aicraft devs are still going to work...

/stops making fun of m$ SKUs

By FITCamaro on 1/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Honestly
By TomZ on 1/23/2009 1:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
I bought a copy - thought the kids and I could play it. But we don't really. It's overall kind of cumbersome and a little buggy. More trouble than it's worth, really. The Wii gets more entertainment hours in our house with the kids.

RE: Honestly
By mmntech on 1/23/2009 2:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
FS has a huge fan base among pilots and aviation enthusiasts like myself. It's also used as a training tool for beginner pilots. I think it's a bad move since it has for an number of years been THE signature product out of Microsoft Games.

RE: Honestly
By VooDooAddict on 1/23/2009 3:03:34 PM , Rating: 5
For the reasons you mention above ... it's priced wrong.

What microsoft should have done is sell the dev team, data, and rights to another firm who can continue to put out simulators. As a professional training tool Flight Simulator is horribly underpriced. It's a small nitche market, but is there anything else out there? They should just be trying to undercut other training simulator vendors. Not trying to complete with Halo.

RE: Honestly
By DustinDoyle on 1/27/2009 11:41:18 AM , Rating: 2 has very realistic physics and good graphics.

RE: Honestly
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/2009 3:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
I loved Flight Simulators years ago, big time.

The genre, in my opinion, got very boring. Flight Simulator after Flight SImulator would be released by MS, but nothing improved but it's graphics.

Combat Flight Simulator 2 and Falcon 4.0 were the last good flight simulators in my opinion. And that's a shame because I really thought the genre would see explosive growth given the monumental increases in home PC power.

RE: Honestly
By MrBlastman on 1/26/2009 10:56:09 AM , Rating: 2
Falcon 4.0 is _still_ king - with better graphics and sound. :) Check out OpenFalcon and FreeFalcon - a real treat for jet sim lovers.

DCS: Black Shark, the latest Helocopter simulator, rivals Falcon's complexity and came out last month - really amazing and well worth looking in to.

RE: Honestly
By Smilin on 1/26/2009 5:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, FreeFalcon is horrible looking...

RE: Honestly
By MrBlastman on 1/27/2009 3:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
You haven't seen FreeFalcon 5 yet... Sure, it looks kinda bad compared to the latest, top of the line stuff if you nitpick, given the depth of simulation I think it is more than a fair compromise. Where else can you fight a fully simulated war from every level - ground, air, supply, command, etc., in realtime on a civilian computer?

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