NCsoft Canceling European MMO, Rumor: Tabula Rasa Cancellation Imminent
The word from industry insiders is NCsoft is trimming its European office after scrapping the unnamed MMO it was working on. GamesIndustry.biz says about 50 positions are being cut. Funding for the MMO will be returned to the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). That’s all GBP 950,00 although it shouldn’t hurt NCsoft since it was dipped into. I wonder if NCsoft gets to keep the interest.
It’s also rumored that Tabula Rasa will be discontinued within a few months due to its lack luster performance.
The game, led by Richard Garriott enjoyed a high profile launch earlier this year, but has failed to capture the imagination of the gaming public, and one source told GamesIndustry.biz a few months ago that the company “would kill for 300,000 subscribers right now,” when comparisons were made with CCP’s Eve Online.
I’m really not surprised having Richard “General British” Garriott aboard couldn’t save Tabula Rasa. It tried to appeal to both Western and Eastern audiences and failed at both.