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Microsoft confirms ACES closure

Friday, 23rd January 2009 20:08 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Microsoft’s confirmed ACES has been shuttered as part of 1,400 immediate job cuts.

The internal studio was responsible for the Flight Simulator series.

In a statement, Kelda Rericha of Edelman, Microsoft’s public relations firm, said that the decision was made within Microsoft’s Internal Entertainment Business “to align our people against our highest priorities.”

It’s not the end for Microsoft flight simulation, however.

“We are committed to the Flight Simulator franchise which has proven to be a successful PC based game for the last 27 years,” Rericha added.

“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.”

The closure was rumoured overnight.

There’s more on IGN.

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  1. doctorstrange

    isnt that pic redbull air race on PS3′s Home?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Retroid

    :D

    #2 6 years ago
  3. rainer

    Sad news indeed, details of closure at link below out of 100 staff only 6 remain to service existing contracts.

    Talk of possible 20 person team in future but its just talk so nothing concrete.

    http://www.futuregpu.org/2009/01/end-of-era-aces-studio-and-flight-sim.html

    #3 6 years ago
  4. gorman

    Discussing politics is kind of out of fashion, these days.

    But I can’t help feeling disgusted at a company posting over 4 billion dollars profit and giving people 24 hours notice to leave the office.

    #4 6 years ago