In a continuing reversal of the former policy of consolidating game development, Microsoft has announced the closure of ACES Studio, the folks behind community favorite Flight Simulator. The most recent version, Flight Simulator X was released in 2006, with an expansion hitting the market in 2007. A Microsoft spokesmen confirmed the closure, saying that the decision was made “to align our people against our highest priorities.”
Whether this signals the end of the Flight Simulator series is unknown, with Microsoft delivering only a coy response when questioned, “We are committed to the Flight Simulator franchise which has proven to be a successful PC based game for the last 27 years. You should expect us to continue to invest in enabling great LIVE experiences on Windows, including flying games, but we have nothing specific to announce at this time.” said the Microsoft spokesmen.
The last in the Flight SImulator series, Flight SImulator X was released in 2006.