Microsoft told Kotaku that they have laying off the employees from its Microsoft Vancouver Studio and ended development on flight simulator Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia, a Kinect interactive TV project designed for children. Although the number the company laying off not out yet, but the team at Microsoft Game Studios in Vancouver says they have “more projects and development in the pipeline.”
Here’s their official statement:
Microsoft Studios is always evaluating its portfolio of products to determine what is best for gamers, families and the company, and this decision was the result of the natural ebb and flow of our portfolio management. Many factors were considered in the difficult decision to stop development on “Microsoft Flight” and “Project Columbia,” but we feel it will help us better align with our long-term goals and development plans. For “Microsoft Flight,” we will continue to support the community that has embraced the title and the game will still be available to download for free at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/.
In a statement obtained by Polygon, Microsoft said:
“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.”