By Steve Wright
Microsoft confirmed today that they've shut down a Vancouver-based development studio, responsible forMicrosoft Flight and an unannounced Kinect title.
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/.
"Project Columbia"? Yeah...that was a reported hardcore Kinect shooter that clearly didn't go too well.
This sad news is in the wake of other blows to the Vancouver game industry; Rockstar has recently shifted development from Vancouver to Montreal.