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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Jul 26, 2012, 10:39
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 10:39
Jul 26, 2012, 10:39
 
While Microsoft Flight is a fun game and a step in the right direction concerning usability the decision to make it f2p and the really expensive DLC basically killed this game.

Way to go Microsoft. Way to go.
Now we donce.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 10:42
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 10:42
Jul 26, 2012, 10:42
 
So much for that PC gaming recommittment, that didn't take long
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 10:50
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 10:50
Jul 26, 2012, 10:50
 
I would have been more in to Flight had they been releasing FULL planes for DLC. They just kept putting out half ass planes with no cockpits. While flying in 3rd person is alright as an occasional option the real business of flying is done on the panel.

FAIL
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Jul 26, 2012, 10:54
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 10:54
Jul 26, 2012, 10:54
 
Never mind that they left out dynamic scenery, which has been in the franchise since what, 1990? I'm happy to shell out for compact but highly detailed regions, if they don't feel completely dead.
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Jul 26, 2012, 11:12
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 11:12
Jul 26, 2012, 11:12
 
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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Jul 26, 2012, 11:17
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 11:17
Jul 26, 2012, 11:17
 
FSX is still going, runs fantastic on todays hardware and there's plenty of add ons, scenery, planes ect to make it interesting
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 12:17
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 12:17
Jul 26, 2012, 12:17
 
Too bad about Flight. While it was released with very few features, it seemed like a solid platform for further development. It needed air and ground traffic, ATC, a flight planner and more airplanes, but once it got those things it would have been a solid successor to the Flight Unlimited series (general aviation over a compact but highly detailed area). Kinda wishing I hadn't bought the DLC for this game, seeing as I did so primarily on the potential I saw in the product as opposed to what was actually there.
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Jul 26, 2012, 12:25
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 12:25
Jul 26, 2012, 12:25
 
BUT BUT BUT!!!! Yesterday they talked about Windows 8 and gaming!!!!
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Jul 26, 2012, 12:39
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 12:39
Jul 26, 2012, 12:39
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 12:25:
BUT BUT BUT!!!! Yesterday they talked about Windows 8 and gaming!!!!

Makers of Angry birds, should create a memory match game for Win8, you have all the squares set in place already, half the dev is already done! And Nvidia is also touting new drivers for Win8 too, it's like the best driver to draw 4 sided rectangles and fill them with colors, ever!

thank god we have over a thousand cuda cores ready for some serious rendering power.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 12:50
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 12:50
Jul 26, 2012, 12:50
 
So they cancel development of a failed game and a Kinect game and you guys somehow think this is contrary to "we care about PC gaming."


I don't get how you connect those dots. At all. I understand why you distrust Microsoft, but this isn't any indication of PC gaming one way or the other. One game was a stupid business model and deserves to be destroyed, and the other is for Xbox.
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Jul 26, 2012, 13:06
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:06
Jul 26, 2012, 13:06
 
If we're really lucky maybe this means we'll get a FS 11.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 13:17
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:17
Jul 26, 2012, 13:17
 
Thank God. Give the tools to the community - they will build a far better game than did MS - Flight was atrocious and far to "arcade like" I mean, didn't they get the memo? For the most part video arcade went the way of the dinosaur......you bunch of Dodo's
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Jul 26, 2012, 13:32
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:32
Jul 26, 2012, 13:32
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Beamer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 12:50:
So they cancel development of a failed game and a Kinect game and you guys somehow think this is contrary to "we care about PC gaming."


I don't get how you connect those dots. At all. I understand why you distrust Microsoft, but this isn't any indication of PC gaming one way or the other. One game was a stupid business model and deserves to be destroyed, and the other is for Xbox.

QFT.

Cancelling a failed series doesn't mean squat in terms of how dedicated they are to Windows gaming. They can be dedicated without throwing good money after bad.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 13:33
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:33
Jul 26, 2012, 13:33
 
I am actually surprised they didn't change the biz model for Flight to the Railworks model. Pay for each plane and location.....
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 13:37
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:37
Jul 26, 2012, 13:37
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xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:33:
I am actually surprised they didn't change the biz model for Flight to the Railworks model. Pay for each plane and location.....

Their prices just seemed really high. Funny that they just pushed out another DLC pack on steam yesterday.

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Jul 26, 2012, 13:49
Quboid
 
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:49
Jul 26, 2012, 13:49
 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:33:
I am actually surprised they didn't change the biz model for Flight to the Railworks model. Pay for each plane and location.....

Isn't that way they did? Confused
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 13:58
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:58
Jul 26, 2012, 13:58
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:32:
Cancelling a failed series doesn't mean squat in terms of how dedicated they are to Windows gaming. They can be dedicated without throwing good money after bad.

When it's one of their few contributions to PC gaming at all these days, I'm not sure how else people should take that.
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded
Jul 26, 2012, 13:59
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 13:59
Jul 26, 2012, 13:59
 
Thought about gettin the DLC starter pack during the Steam sale. Saw that it forced GFWL on you. Uh no.
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Jul 26, 2012, 14:07
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 14:07
Jul 26, 2012, 14:07
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Verno wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:58:
Quboid wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:32:
Cancelling a failed series doesn't mean squat in terms of how dedicated they are to Windows gaming. They can be dedicated without throwing good money after bad.

When it's one of their few contributions to PC gaming at all these days, I'm not sure how else people should take that.

We should take it as the project failed. Do you think being dedicated to Windows gaming means making games that people don't want?
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Jul 26, 2012, 14:15
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Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 14:15
Jul 26, 2012, 14:15
 
Well, that didn't take long. Less than a year?

Creston
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