NCsoft Shoots Down Report that Tabula Rasa Was a “Financial Disaster”
Despite what a report in The Korea Times claims, NCsoft doesn’t view last year’s MMO Tabula Rasa as a “financial disaster,” said the company’s communications director, David Swofford. He claims that the writer who penned the story is “notorious for writing sloppy and sensational articles about NCsoft,” and he also referred to the story as “inflammatory.”
The TR development did not cost $100 million. I don’t know where that came from. The price tag for the product was much less…a fraction of that cost. Tabula Rasa was not restarted more than twice. It had one overhaul and that came after 2-3 years of development.
The article made it sound like the TR launch led to some sort of falling out with Robert Garriott. That is so far from the truth. In fact Robert has been promoted to work more with CEO TJ Kim on business development. Yes Robert is out of the day-to-day operations, but he’s still in the office and now travels much more for the company than he did before.
Yes there’s a possibility that there could be downsizing with the TR team. Some of that is due to the cyclical nature of game development (product is out and the team downsizes). Some is due to the fact that the product could have done a little better. But there is a lot going on with the TR team. They are working on more updates. We are planning a Japan launch later in the year. And the company is planning on investing millions into the product, so it’s not going away and in fact we have plans to grow it.
Be that as it may, it doesn’t change the fact that the overall sentiment regarding Tabula Rasa was that it ended up being just another MMO with a futuristic setting. At least we know it won’t be the downfall of NCsoft as we know it, as the Korea Times story seemingly wants us to believe.
via Next Gen