Is Microsoft building a new FS Dev Team?

Following up on a lead from one commenter on another story we checked Microsoft US Careers Website, that is the place where MS puts up job offers, and found two very recent offerings related to ‘Flying Games’. Does this mean that MS will continue development of the Flight Simulator after the recent slash of ACES-Studio?

The most recent job on offer, dated Feb, 06th (that’s today!) is for a Lead Program Manager and here MS is looking for: “…Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a veteran Lead Program Manager/Producer to help lead the development of a new broad-attraction flight-oriented game on the PC. ”

And the second offering dated  Jan 30 is for Project Art Lead in Game Design reads: “…Does working on a small, innovative team that delivers the most immersive flight experiences available today on the PC intrigue you? Our technology makes available entire continents – potentially the entire planet – for a detailed and dynamic 3D experience. We are looking for a Project Art Lead who can define, refine, and extend the visual elements while balancing the need for fun and approachability for a broad set of users.”…

Is there hope? we thought this to be quite interesting.

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john hogan
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 03:19

Hey there, Mixed feelings on this one. I use FSX for fun and for practicing things as part of my flying training and find it excellent for those purposes. It has surely fallen prey to the “Vista” phenomenon however – better looking but bloated and slower on any given machine and requiring a wholesale upgrade to be as snappy as the old version. Even then, FSX is nowhere near fs9 or xplane for smoothness. Given that, I see a definate market for someone to do a “linux” version of the classic Sim – lighter and with superior utilisation of resources.… Read more »

Monday, February 9, 2009 03:44

I shudder at the words broad attraction. Remember Crimson Skies?

Saturday, February 7, 2009 18:12

Dillon, I wasn’t responding to your post specifically, most of the responses had some sort of unfounded certainty about this being an XBOX development, in fact, I’m not sure your post was even up when I typed my response, certainly was not directed at you.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 01:33

I wonder why it says “… makes available entire continents – potentially the entire planet …” where FS gives you the entire globe now. Maybe one has to license continent by continent in future ?

Friday, February 6, 2009 22:05

I started my post stating, “If future versions of Flight Simulator go XBOX”… There’s a big emphasis on ‘IF’ if you take the time to read things in context and understand I was responding to the various posts above mine…