Mutable Realms announced the cancellation of their “ultra massive” MMORPG, Wish, yesterday. I haven’t really formed much of an opinion about it, other than the following:
It seems like it is pretty late in development to be canning a project. It was, apparently, in the second phase of public beta when they decided to kill it. Do projects need to be assessed earlier in the development cycle for nuking? In my opinion, a game that isn’t going to come out should never actually reach beta testing.
Any way you put it, this is one of those things that sucks for the industry and genre as a whole–all we need are a few more projects to waste millions of dollars and investors will shoot themselves in the face before pouring money into MMOG projects. Here is what Mutable Realms had to say:
Dear friends of Wish: Unfortunately we have bad news.
After careful consideration of all the facts and analyzing all the data which we have gathered from the Wish Beta 2.0 test so far, we have decided to cancel the Wish project.
Our Beta test will end this evening at 6pm EST, and at this time our Beta forums will close as well.
We enjoyed working together with our fans very much, and we are very sorry about this development. We wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that you continue to enjoy online gaming, even with Mutable Realms and Wish not being available anymore.
We also wish the best luck to our competitors, and hope that they will not suffer the same fate as us.
Your Mutable Realms Team