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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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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...

http://www.megafungames.com/games/falcon_fighter_j...


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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