Microsoft shutters two projects, issues lay-offs at Vancouver studio

Thursday, 26th July 2012 02:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Two titles have been shelved, including Microsoft Flight, but Microsoft has not closed its Vancouver studio.

Contrary to earlier reports, the platform holder told Gamespot that it has not shuttered the whole studio.

“Microsoft Studios has decided to end development on Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia. As a result of this action, some positions within the development teams have been eliminated. Microsoft human resources is working with the affected individuals to find new roles within the company,” a statement advised.

“Microsoft Studios is invested in British Columbia and still has several teams, both in Vancouver and Victoria, which will continue to produce the best entertainment and gaming experiences possible.”

Project Columbia is an unannounced Kinect shooter, now likely never to see the light of day.

Microsoft said only a “small” number of staff had been affected by the cuts; earlier today it was believed that an entire team of 35 had been laid off after an anonymous tipster contacted Kotaku.

At least two ex-employees have apparently confirmed the staff cuts.



  1. Patrick Garratt

    Dropping Flight’s so dumb. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a stupid DLC policy. They give you a tiny amount of map for free with two really slow planes, then some of the other aircraft cost about €15. The Alaskan map’s €15 as well. Hawaiian Adventure’s €20! The WWII fighters are €6-8, but that just seems far too expensive. I can’t justify it. If they’d been a few bucks a pop I’d have bought loads of bits, using my amazing nonsensical psychology. My kids really love it. Because it’s good. And now it’s dead. Thanks to dumbness.

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