Microsoft Flight Grounded

Microsoft has cancelled development of Microsoft Flight, as well as Project Columbia, described as "a Kinect interactive TV project designed for children" by Kotaku. The site originally reported that the entire Vancouver studio responsible for these games was being shut down, but an update from MS clarifies that these projects are at an end, but not the studio itself. Here's the official statement:
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/.
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Yeah, this pretty much felt like a step backward from FSX in many (most of?) the important aspects. The only thing it really had going for it was that they seemed to sort out a lot of the graphics-engine issues FSX has: looks like crap, and as a bonus runs like crap... without hours of tweaking and installing add-on scenery.

It's a shame to see it go though, because it might have turned into something good. I kind of doubt X-Plane will ever get the sort of mass behind it that FSX has. Eagle Dynamics have a potentially interesting product in DCS World, but that will probably always be combat focused and it seems like the civil aviation people are the ones that spend the most money on third party content.

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