Jason Dzurisin is doing his bit to try and get Microsoft to reverse their decision to drop Aces Studio and Flight Simulator development (in it’s current form).
Jason has created an open letter and petition which currently has over 1,000 signatories.
This petition is to serve as an open letter of support for both the ACES studio members and the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise as a whole. Over its 25+ year history the franchise has built an unmatched fan-base stretching across generations. With the closure of the ACES studio, we, the loyal supporters of the franchise are concerned with the continuity and quality of the brand. Though the franchise remains the property of Microsoft Corporation, the real value remains in the dedication and creativity of the ACES studio members that have now been lost.
I do wish him well. However, there is an air about this and some other efforts that seem to imply that the bods at Microsoft simply woke up one morning and thought “I think we’ll can Aces today”. I believe they thought long and hard about the decision. We know for sure that they’re fully aware of all the add-on developers and fans out there (we’ve seen them at the flight sim shows) and yet they still made the decision to shut it down.
I’m starting (with my paranoid hat on) to take some notice of comments made in one or two places which is (my summary):
- Microsoft knows the real value of Microsoft Flight Simulator is with the add-on market
- Given the above, why don’t Microsoft build a closed system that’ll only work with their add-ons? That way, they’ll have total control of the market and get all the money that goes with it
Let’s face it, Microsoft are in this game to make money. If they can make more money, they’ll do it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have had n versions of Word when the first or second versions would serve 99.9% of computer users quite happily.
And what if they, in a couple of years, come up with THE killer flight simulator, albeit a closed system? Are we gonna turn our backs on it just because it’s closed? Nope. We’ll be in the car, down the shops with our wallets in our hands banging on the door for a copy. It’s what we do! We just HAVE to have the latest version of everything. Sure, they’ll be a few of us that’ll say no, but I wouldn’t mind betting 90% + would go for it.
I believe the real danger is not that there won’t be another Microsoft Flight Simulator, but that there WILL be one.
Watch this space.
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