Microsoft confirms ACES closure

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

flightsimulatora2.jpg

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.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Comments

Headlines

Aces

  • Flight Sim studio death is "massive opportunity," says Just Flight

    Microsoft’s decision to close Flight Simulator developer Aces has created an opening for those that create add-ons for the game, Just Flight has said. β€œThere has always been a degree of uncertainty about when the next version would be released, and whether existing products out would be compatible,” said Just Flight boss Dermot Stapleton. β€œIt […]

  • Microsoft game testers next to face chop

    Around 30 percent of Microsoft’s game testers have been made redundant, VentureBeat reports. The actual number laid off isn’t included in the story. The news follows confirmation by the firm that 1,400 are to be immediately shed as a first round of 5,000 losses. Microsoft’s Entertainment Division is said to be taking the brunt of […]

Entertainment And Devices Division

  • Microsoft Q3 FY13: Xbox division revenue up 56% yoy

    Microsoft has announced quarterly revenue of $20.49 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. The Entertainment and Devices Division, which encompass Xbox 360 figures, posted revenue of $2.53 billion, an increase of 56% from the prior year period. Xbox LIVE now has over 46 million members worldwide, an 18% increase from the prior year […]

  • WSJ: MS planning major "shake up" of gaming division

    The Wall Street Journal’s reporting that Microsoft may be preparing a major exec shift at the Entertainment & Devices Division, which may be announced “as early as this week”.

Flight Simulator