Tabula Rasa Doing Fine, and Oh Yeah, US Economy is Booming Too…
Thanks to a direct comment to European gaming site Eurogamer, I guess the record is straight on just how well Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa is doing for its publisher NCSoft.
According to the report by Rob Purchase, NCSoft spokemen claim that the fledgling MMO is in fact in high demand in Europe (much like David Hasslehoff in Germany it seems) and a recent trial promotion did gangbusters in business for the game.
“Tabula Rasa has a dedicated player base, which is growing month on month.” The NCSoft Europe mouthpiece commented.
Tabula Rasa’s success was brought into question a few weeks back when the sales numbers reported by NCSoft failed to highlight this long in production game as a highlight for the MMO company. While Lineage II and Guild Wars both made the highlight reel, Tabula Rasa was suspiciously absent for a game that was supposedly highly anticipated and doing well.
“Tabula Rasa offers players a different kind of MMO experience, enhancing our portfolio of game titles. The game play mechanics are very different to that of a typical MMO – those who have experienced the game have recognised these innovative features and applauded them.”
Now I’ve played Tabula Rasa and I guess I really don’t count as one of those players who “experienced the game and recognized the innovative features”, nor have I “applauded them”.
I know its become fashionable to rail against Tabula Rasa since its launch, and I guess I’ve done my share but I really was expecting more from a game created by one of the father of the Computer RPG. Sony’s Planetside did many of the same things years ago and failed almost as spectacularly.. though no one on that development team is paying to be shot into space by the Russian Space Agency so it was a less spectacular failure I guess. I wonder what metric they are using for success. The other question is.. how is it doing with the American audience? Is Europe it’s only successful arena?