The moment has finally arrived, and it seems like nobody was surprised at this. According to its official website, Tabula Rasa will be closing down on February 28, 2009.
After return to the earth from outer space, Richard Garriott choose to move from his work on NCsoft's Tabula Rasa to persue other interests, in a graceful way. That moment had anticipated already that Tabula Rasa's life was slipping away.
The official NCsoft announcement is as blow:
Last November we launched what we hoped would be a ground breaking sci-fi MMO. In many ways, we think we've achieved that goal. Tabula Rasa® has some unique features that make it fun and very different from every other MMO out there. Unfortunately, the fact is that the game hasn't performed as expected. The development team has worked hard to improve the game since launch, but the game never achieved the player population we hoped for.
So it is with regret that we must announce that Tabula Rasa will end live service on February 28, 2009.
Before we end the service, we'll make Tabula Rasa servers free to play starting on January 10, 2009.
We can assure you that through the next couple of months we'll be doing some really fun things in Tabula Rasa, and we plan to make staying on a little longer worth your while. For more details about what we are doing for Tabula Rasa players, please click here.
Stay tuned for more information. We thank you for your loyal support of the game and encourage you to take us up on the benefits we're offering Tabula Rasa players.
The Tabula Rasa Team
This reminds me of another the-same-fate MMO. Yep, Hellgate: London, both of them will shut down their servers early next year. Richard Garriott and Bill Roper, one is the farther of UO, one is the father of DIABLO, seems to be in the same boat. Both have glorious past, a fresh start, a much-anticipated new MMO, but now, both failure. However, NCsoft have prepared a "little closing down gift".
Here is the official announce:
On February 28, 2009, Tabula Rasa will be shutting down its servers, and as of January 10, 2009, the game will be free to play. Any active paying player as of 10:00 AM Pacific Time on November 21st, 2008 will be eligible for all of the following:
* 3 free months of City of Heroes including digital client
* 3 free months of Lineage II including digital client
* Aion beta access (coming soon)
* Aion pre-order access (available in 2009)
* 1 free month of Aion including digital client (available in 2009)
These offers are limited to active paying players. Subscribers who join or reactivate canceled accounts after 10:00 AM Pacific Time on November 21st, 2008 will not be eligible.
If you are an eligible Tabula Rasa player, you'll be receiving notification directly from NCsoft in the near future with information on how to collect these thank you gifts.
If you are a player that has pre-paid for Tabula Rasa subscription time beyond January 10, 2009, you will be refunded for that pre-paid time by February 28, 2009.
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