MSTS2 has been officially cancelled.
Well it's official folks. I've just had confirmation from Microsoft (via their Press Agency) that Train Sim 2 has been cancelled - here is an abstract of the actual statement:
As you know, every business segment within Microsoft is responsible for continually evaluating its strategy and investments in all areas of the business to achieve operational efficiencies. At Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), we must continually evaluate our portfolio strategy and investments to ensure we are achieving our most important objectives of creating successful, platform driving titles for Windows gamers. In addition, Microsoft Games Studio must streamline game development operations to be more efficient and critically examine all projects in development to position the business for long-term success and profitability.
Microsoft Game Studios has cancelled the Windows-based game "Train Simulator 2.0." The decision to cancel "Train Simulator 2.0" was made some time ago and was based on a long, hard and difficult look at our business objectives and product offerings. We remain focused on the simulations category with successful, platform-driving franchises such as "Microsoft Flight Simulator."
Let's hope that their business objectives change focus over the next couple of years.
Definitely worth a protest email to the marketing department of Microsoft Game Studios.
Well it looks like we will just have to keep on improving MSTS1 to the next level as we keep on finding new tricks to make the realism factor
as high as possible.