NCsoft Pulls Funding from Blackstar MMO
You may recall when Robert Garriott announced two-years ago that NCsoft would be the publisher for Spacetime’s latest MMO project Blackstar. Garriott stated that this new union between the two companies was “a winning combination and a perfect fit for the NCsoft lineup of products”. This seemed like a good idea at the time, because Spacetime Studios is comprised of developers who helped create the franchises Privateer, Star Wars Galaxies and Wing Commander amongst others. Unfortunately for this development studio based in Austin, Texas, the funding for Blackstar was recently pulled by NCsoft; thus resulting in Spacetime’s heart-felt decision to lay-off 12 of its employees permanently.
Blackstar is an original IP space combat MMO, and while the funding has indeed been pulled and production in the immediate future looks grim, they are still committed to the project and are currently searching for other options. Even with the hammer coming down on these folks, Spacetime is trying to remain in good spirits, and over on their blog they have stated:
“The canceled game was our primary project and we have a complete MMO engine w/ networking infrastructure, tools suite, and next-gen rendering engine. The company remains extremely committed to the IP and once all mutual obligations have been completed between the publisher and ourselves we intend to explore every possible avenue to see that our team’s collective vision come to fruition.
We want to stress that there are no bad feelings with NCSoft. There is a tremendous amount of mutual respect between our companies. They have conducted themselves with honor and integrity, and we would work with them again in an instant.”
That is a very classy statement on Spacetime’s part, personally speaking if I had been dumped like that I would have been less than kind when speaking of my ex-whatever. However, my hat is off to them for maintaining their professionalism and sense of dignity – here’s wishing them all the best and lots of luck with their next publisher – may they find one soon.
Via: Spacetime Studios