That's sad to see, especially if it's true about the ENTIRE team being laid off...
This is undoubtedly due to the recession, but during the recession we sort of see the strongest survive. For instance, Circuit City was somehow staying afloat all these years until last week when they closed up shop. And yet the stronger competitors like Best Buy are hanging in there.
I guess you could say that flight sims are analogous to Circuit City. They seem to hang in there, but during difficult times they're the first ones to feel the effects.
I think the problem is with demand. There simply isn't that much demand for flight sims nowadays, compared to all the other games out there. Or at least that's hardcore flight sims with engine management or such. What you see more of are more things like the Snoopy games or Crimson Skies, which are more arcade-like. Then you have less arcade-like games that are a bit more detailed like Ace Combat or the upcoming HAWX, but those games are still very different from something like Microsoft Flight Sim or how Rise of Flight will be judging from what we've seen.
I think I remember reading something within the past couple years about the death of flight sims? I'm not convinced flight sims will die off completely, but they are sort of relegated to almost-niche status when you compare them with other games in terms of numbers sold.
I don't think flight sims will die, but I do think the market needs a really awesome game to revive them. No doubt Rise of Flight will be well-polished and awesome in its own right, but I'm unsure of its appeal to non-flight-simmers (though I know they are trying to make it as accessible to everyone as possible). I do think that things like the trophy system and pay add-on aircraft is a step in the right direction, though. People like that stuff - Xbox has been built around achievement unlocks and a marketplace for add-on content, and it's been so successful that the Playstation 3 recently launched a similar "trophy" system of their own.
Anyhow, sorry to be such a downer, haha. I'm hopeful though - what has really encouraged me during this last year is the announcement of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., which is due to be released in March. Now that's a game I definitely want to pick up and check out.
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