Microsoft's Flight Sim encounters turbulence

  Forum Editor 00:12 07 Feb 2009
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  Si_L 01:34 07 Feb 2009

Apart from the lost jobs, not really a shame. I have played a few titles from the series including the combat sims, but never really got along with them.

  crosstrainer 07:40 07 Feb 2009

I think a lot of this will have involved the consideration that uptake of new versions is slow.

The Sim is so vast that upgrading to a new version (O / S Issues aside) is not alway's desirable.

With so many different scenarios available, it would take years to go through them all. Added to this is the slightly different "Feel" each new version brings. I must admit that the current version gives me plenty to go at, I know the controls and all comms. options off by heart, and would not feel the need to fork out £££ for an new version which may only add a few aircraft and result in a learning curve to find all those "Tweaks" that I have setup just right at present.

  mrwoowoo 23:52 07 Feb 2009

I wonder how much this is to do with profit or the lack of it?
Game developers seem to be having a rather hard time of it at the moment with THQ announcing a $166,000000 loss over the christmas period.
EA have announced an even greater loss over the same period.
I believe that only two out of ten developers ever see any profit at all which is a bit of a worry for the future supply of games coming our way.

  tigertop2 21:09 14 Feb 2009

That is bad news. I have had great fun with it. My new build PC with Core i7 CPU and an ATI 4870 GPU just makes all the difference.

FSX has not had much PR lately and it often happens that signals a loss of parent company interest. I don't think MS realise quite what they had with this series

For sure someone will see a real opportunity here when the market picks up. If Branson gets his space tours off the ground I can forecast a spinoff around that.

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