yesterday that ACES Studio
, the company behind Flight Simulator
and Train Simulator
franchises has been impacted severely by the 5,000 cuts (1,400 immediate yesterday) that Microsoft announced yesterday. According to the article, a "large portion" of the development studios staff have been laid off including the entire Flight Simulator development team. I'm a little shocked at the amount of cleaving to one of Microsoft's all-time best titles (Flight Simulator), but its possible they decided that after Flight Sim X (which came out in 2006) that it was time to move on. This is the second batch
of Microsoft layoffs from a highly-visible game-related division from yesterday's announcement. Like the GSB folks, we wish the ACES team that was let go all the best and hope they find work quickly.