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The End of Flight?

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#1 jb17011

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:39 PM

I came across an article on Kotaku.com saying Microsoft has ended development on Flight.
Here's the link to the article.

http://kotaku.com/59...er based-studio

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:48 PM

Well that's that. The Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise is officially finished. The end of an era has come.

Laminar Research, fulfil your destiny.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:56 PM

Oh shite. This is terrible news. Just when I thought things were looking good for the new sim.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:58 PM

Well that is really depressing news... I guess that Flight wasn't as profitable as they had hoped. What now? X-plane is the only option unless they open up the API to the open source community.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:00 PM

God I hope they sell it to someone like ORBX.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:01 PM

i knew it and posted this many times. Too many complaints around the world re: cockpits, areas not connected, no jets, etc.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:03 PM

I hope this is a joke...

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:04 PM

I doubt the project was killed over too many complaints. I'm sure they just weren't making any money..

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

I hope this is a joke...


it's real

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:09 PM

Well that solves any debate about buying the Cub to support VCs... It's a shame. Not entirely unexpected though.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:11 PM

I was going to buy Alaska and the cub tonight... I guess I won't be doing that since the game is a dead end.. Blah

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:14 PM

Oh, well. This was my fear all along... a really good product with vast potential rendered non-viable due to poor management decisions.


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:18 PM

I was going to buy Alaska and the cub tonight... I guess I won't be doing that since the game is a dead end.. Blah


You would still enjoy the area and the planes. Seeing Alaska has many remote areas it won't seem as sterile as Hawaii. The planes and Flight models are great. I'm glade they got Alaska out and another plane before the plug was pulled as I can enjoy this sim for Bush flying alone. It would have been terrible if this had happened before Alaska was released. Alaska makes all the difference, now if only the code was opened up for third party development (so the whole world could be built upon)...

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

Not very good news after the release of another VC.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:23 PM

Oh, well. This was my fear all along... a really good product with vast potential rendered non-viable due to poor management decisions.


Weren't we at this party before??? I blame the lead developer of Flight (forgot his name)... When you know how fickle Microsoft management can be it would be to your best interest to make a complete sim and get it over with before the plug is pulled. The whole piece meal concept with the assumption Microsoft will wait around for you to see your whole vision through is short sighted to say the least. Now we have an outstanding unfinished effort that's shelved. At least we have what we have. I can enjoy Flight for quite some time with Alaska in the mix.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:27 PM

Might as well go ahead and buy Alaska and the deluxe Cub as they're very good. But wait until it's on deep sale on Steam. Probably get the entire package for $10 by Christmas.

This is the first thing I was afraid of when Delafina announced she was leaving for another project. You don't jump off the space shuttle during a launch to go fly a Baron for someone else.

And I was really enjoying Flight and looking forward to good things to come

<sigh>

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:27 PM

Weren't we at this party before??? I blame the lead developer of Flight (forgot his name)... When you know how fickle Microsoft management can be it would be to your best interest to make a complete sim and get it over with before the plug is pulled. The whole piece meal concept with the assumption Microsoft will wait around for you to see your whole vision through is short sighted to say the least. Now we have an outstanding unfinished effort that's shelved. At least we have what we have. I can enjoy Flight for quite some time with Alaska in the mix.



true, Alaska and Hawaii were awesome! but the party is over and Elvis has left the building :lol:

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:29 PM

Well. It was always a possibility. We saw again and again that there seemed to be a lack of direction in the whole enterprise, and Delafina suddenly jumping ship gave me pause. Still, I was hoping against hope that something with such a bright possible future would be given a chance to flourish, even as I saw the corrosive reaction of the community almost as a concerted effort to kill the project.

I layed out some financial realities in the "Big Cub" thread.

Many will breathe a sigh of relief over this, as a restoration of a comfortable status quo. But to me it means the end of any chance, for years and years to come (if ever) of any big player entering the civilian market. So sad, if true. I will likely be abandoning simming after this. Not only Elvis will be leaving the building.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Might as well go ahead and buy Alaska and the deluxe Cub as they're very good. But wait until it's on deep sale on Steam. Probably get the entire package for $10 by Christmas.

This is the first thing I was afraid of when Delafina announced she was leaving for another project. You don't jump off the space shuttle during a launch to go fly a Baron for someone else.

And I was really enjoying Flight and looking forward to good things to come

<sigh>

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Speaking of Delafina, where' is Arwen? Haven't heard from her in quite some time...

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Now we have an outstanding unfinished effort that's shelved. At least we have what we have. I can enjoy Flight for quite some time with Alaska in the mix.


Oh, sure. I'll get my money's worth out if it, certainly... but what a disappointment that it will not be what it could easily have become with proper allocation of resources and some quality leadership.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:32 PM

Ah man, I come from enjoying the VC cub to this news. Makes me kind of wish I wouldn't have bought it, but I wasn't going to use my MS points on anything else so oh well...RIP Flight. I guess recently buying addons for FSX that give it new life wasn't such a bad idea. No more $ for MS, win8 can kiss it.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:33 PM

It's unfortunate that it came to this, but I hope that the outspoken proponents of Flight will able to handle this with the grace, poise, and most importantly - silence, that was demanded of those members of our community who felt abandoned by Flight.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

Well that makes everyone's debating a moot point now ;)

As Robert de Niro said in the last line of "Casino", sitting behind his big desk, hands folded: "...and that's that."

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

Sh** meets fan. The timing of this is a double blow to us all. "Ow good! Finally an aircraft with a VC!" and then "The End".

Im not going to talk about this, as im still under NDA for the next 5 years or so, but the team truly did the best they could, with what they were given. What Flight did, it did very well. Sorry.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:36 PM

The outspoken proponents of Flight didn't have an overriding sense of entitlement. I think we can handle the disappointment well enough.

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