Earlier this year IncGamers reported Microsoft’s flight sim studio, Aces Game Studio, closed in order to start up as an independent developer.Cascade Game Foundry was formed, and after initial reports of some very bizarre simulators (walking the Great Wall of China and scuba diving) we thought it necessary to confirm these reports.Speaking to IncGamers, Cascade Game Foundry has confirmed that these projects are real and the studio is trying to expand on the simulator genre.Asking specifically about the “Walking the Andes” game we’d heard murmurs of, managing director, Kathie Flood told IncGamers that it wasn’t as bizarre an idea as you might expect.”Many of the ideas we’re contemplating have a potentially large appeal to a wide variety of people. If you think about a location like Machu Picchu, there are a lot of limitations for many people who might want to visit a location like this. Perhaps health conditions, financial limitations, or even the desire to have a low carbon footprint prohibit them from traveling to Peru and ascending the mountain. But that doesn’t mean people don’t have a desire to see and explore places like this.”Flood also said that part of the new games’ remit was to expand on the traditional idea of simulation games.”Simulation titles have traditionally been all about driving vehicles like planes or trains.”If you think of the concept of simulation, there’s no rule that says these sorts of games have to involve a vehicle as the main focus of gameplay. Many of the ideas we’re contemplating have a potentially large appeal to a wide variety of people.”Asked whether we can expect to see these simulations on consoles, Flood said the company was currently “concentrating on PC for now”, but “actively exploring” the potential on other platforms.Flood wouldn’t say what project the team was working on now.We’ll post our full interview later this week, so make sure you stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have any ideas for some random simulations you’d like to see, why don’t you drop us a comment and we’ll pass it on…!

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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