Microsoft Game Studios logo Microsoft Flight Canceled

In the latest industry shake-up, Microsoft Flight has been canceled and its Vancouver-based development team laid off.

“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/.”

Best of luck to the folks impacted by the studio closure. Sadly, this announcement also introduces uncertainty about the future of PC game development at Microsoft. Thanks to The Verge for the heads up!