MSTS2 is gone........

 
  steam4me Deputy Commissioner

Location: Port Melbourne, Victoria
You may have read that Microsoft is to lay off 5,000 employees, 1,400 of them almost immediately.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Microsoft Confirms Aces Closure
Studio responsible for Flight Simulator shut down amidst layoffs.
by Jason Ocampo
US, January 23, 2009 - Microsoft has confirmed the closure of Aces Game Studio, the internal development studio responsible for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Flight Simulator is one of the company's oldest product lines, stretching back more than 20 years. The closure came amidst the company's first major layoffs in its history, announced on Thursday. Approximately 5,000 Microsoft employees will be laid off; around 1,400 were cut immediately, with the remainder to but cut over the next 18 months.

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."

The closure of Aces marks the shuttering of another major developer within Microsoft Game Studios. Since September of 2007, the company has shut down FASA Studio (Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, and Shadowrun), announced the closure of Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires), and Carbonated Games (Hexic HD, Uno). In addition, Bungie, the studio responsible for Halo, left Microsoft Games Studios and became an independent studio, though Microsoft does maintain an ownership stake in it.

Does this mean the end of the Flight Simulator franchise? According to Rericha, "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."


And a quote from one of the ex-Microsoft Aces Studios employees:

"ACES studio has been closed and approximately 130 positions eliminated. MS remains commited to the Flight and Train Simulator franchises, and while it is possible that the products will be continued in some form in the future, for the time being no further development is being done. In the mean time sales of FSX will still continue, and I hope everyone continues to enjoy that product and all the fantastic 3rd party add-ons for it.

I am saddened that people will not get to see our work on TS2, as it was shaping up to be a fantastic product. I just wanted to say it was nice to be able to participate in the community. I enjoy both the feedback and the excitment of the community and I hope it remains strong and looks to other alternatives.

Take care!
Steve Heijster"


A sad day indeed as the economic downturn claims another victim.

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  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
The amount of money that would have been invested into it already. This seems like a bad business decision. Would it not have been better to complete the project, then dump it? I wonder how many millions they have wasted in scrapping FS & TS franchises?
  Coal-Fired Beginner

Damn shame, the original MS Trainsim was full of bugs, spent hours putting in local lines etc, finding the Hunter Valley lines crashed the program.

Was really looking forward to the new version like many  SadRolling Eyes

Microsoft sucks ExclamationShocked


AWink
  Coal-Fired Beginner

Damn shame, the original MS Trainsim was full of bugs, spent hours putting in local lines etc, finding the Hunter Valley lines crashed the program.

Was really looking forward to the new version like many  SadRolling Eyes

Microsoft sucks ExclamationShocked


AWink
  Coal-Fired Beginner

Well just great, because my "Microsoft" IE8 Browser locked up I have posted twice above.

My comment about Microsoft remains  Wink
  plettner Chief Train Controller

Location: Kiama
I ended up emailing Micro$oft regarding the cancelling of MSTS2 but I got only an automated reply saying the email I had submitted was being looked at.  I haven't heard anything one way or the other.

It's shame - a real shame.  First, as others have mentioned, Micro$oft have heavily invested in a product which looks damned good (judging by the vids I've seen).  Investing some more and then releasing the product would recuperate the investment.

Second, to simply close down Aces Studio is just shortsighted.  Rolling Eyes  M$ make plenty of money each year and they could've kept the studio going.  I understand their profits were probably not as high as they would've liked, but the financial crisis would eventually get better.  Their games sales would then pick up again.
  TheTrainMan Station Staff

I like Microsoft, but they are really pushing my friendship to the limits I was annoyed when they cancelled MSTS2 the first time, now that its the second time and I'm really pissed off.

When MSFSX got released and MSTS2 got canned the first time I was really put out I felt like us train buffs were betrayed. Now they have done it again, all I can say is they better not do it again or they will never make another dime out of me. Evil or Very Mad
  snowy446 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Somewhere on a train
MS Trainsim was one of the best the only true problem with it was framerate
But Railworks is now really MSTS 2

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