Microsoft recently ended two projects out off their Vancouver based studio. The two projects are Microsoft Flight, a flight simulator , and Project Columbia, a Xbox Kinect program that allows kids to use the Kinect to watch TV. While they won’t make any official statement as to how many people were actually laid off but the rumor is about 35 people.
Here is Microsoft’s official statement.
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/.