Microsoft has begun executing its recently announced job-cutting plan. Last week, during its earning call, the software giant had announced that it is going to lay off around 5,000 employees. The
axe has fallen straight on ACES Studio
, the developer of the Flight Simulator franchise.
It has now been confirmed that the studio has been closed and nearly all of its employees relieved from their duties. A spokesperson for the company didn’t rule out flight games in the future, but didn’t make any revelations with regards to the fate of the Fight Simulator franchise.
The Flight Simulator franchise was an avant-garde game when it debuted in 1982 and has remained successful hitherto. If this is indeed the end of the runway for Flight Simulator, as it appears from the circumstantial evidence, an era has truly ended.