Microsoft has reportedly laid off a few people in its Microsoft Studios in Vancouver. According to Polygon, 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. Now, Microsoft is working with the affected individuals to find new roles within the company. Kotaku also managed to get a statement from Microsoft and confirmed that it has laid off 35 people, saying that Microsoft Game Studios in Vancouver has more projects and development in the pipeline. You can check out Microsoft’s official statement after the break.
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/.