An apparently official announcement states that Tabula Rasa willl be closing forever on February 28, 2009. While I’m not a Tabula Rasa player, this is a terrible shame. There was a good game there.
A couple of months ago, when this rumor came up, NCSoft denied it. Turns out they were lying. One wonders if this isn’t due to some kind of anti-Garriott backlash; it wasn’t clear to me that the game was doing that badly. But maybe it was, or maybe NCSoft’s standards of profitability are such that it just wasn’t making enough money. It’s certainly possible to keep MMOs going with small subscription bases and tiny development teams.
It’s unlikely to happen, but maybe we can hope for some kind of solution that keeps TR alive in some fashion. Also, hopefully the people who are currently working on TR will be placed elsewhere in NCSoft, my respect for which goes down for this move, but might go back up if they can at least treat their people in a decent way.