I was a little stunned by the announcement that Biowares Asymmetric multiplayer dungeon “crawler” was being canned, especially as the focus seems to indicate that the development resources were being channelled into Dragon Age, Mass Effect and another IP.
As Syp puts it, this IP was something new from Bioware in over 6 years, in all honesty I was really excited about a game with a player controlled army of minions, trap and obstacles to overcome. All my DM dreams come true. The Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises aren’t really my cup of tea and I’ve no desire to play either of them. As sil says at least their will be more from the company, I guess I’ll wait for news on the new IP but to be fair this was the only Bioware game to really turn my head in good number of years, so my expectations are very low.
The molyneux implosion has been rather odd to watch, the promise of a new god sim by one of the person who helped define the genre was a dream come true. Only 2 years after the kickstarter ended the veneer is flaking off the ultimate prize and latest reports aren’t great. With reports that the development team are slowing moving to another project and the kickstarter goals may never be realised, it’s a very sad state of affairs. You can see the official video here, if you can watch it all.
At this time the most successful part looks to have been the tap and giant cube app that chose one person (Bryan Henderson) to be the God of Gods, you can read more about that exciting misadventure over at Eurogamer.
I think the lesson is that even with the right people (person) and all the best will in the world backing a project isn’t alwasy certain to yield a positive result.
And weight gets thrown
As I was typing this I also spotted the layoffs at Daybreak (SOE), I loved the line “Last week … we were acquired” shortly followed by “We deeply value our employees and never take these decisions lightly”, of course a week is long enough to know that deep value for any employee. Harsh.
These first steps by Daybreak to “realign resources” it order to “better position our newly independent studio for future growth” just tell me 2 things: Firstly someone was really going for the Buzzword Bingo on the press release and secondly SOE may take some turns that veteran customer may not really like.
I hope everyone affected can find something soon.