Tabula Rasa Set to Close

I'll be riding off into the murky sunset.
It's been no secret that Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa has been facing difficulty for a while, now. Even if one hasn't been playing, there have been a number of signs of Tabula Rasa's troubles: there have been free trials open to all for a good while now in an attempt to increase player count, you can buy a boxed version of the game for less than a dollar, and Richard Garriott himself finally left NCSoft recently. For those playing the game, the low player counts and the "veteran bonuses," in-game items given to those who have had a paid account for a certain number of consecutive months, were obvious signs of trouble. Rumors of closure had been floating around between players as well.

Anyhow, NCSoft has set the official date of closure for February 28, 2009. The game will become free to play on January 10, 2009, so if you want to see what the game was like, you might be able to join for a month of shooting evil aliens starting then (whether or not you need a preexisting account or key for the free-to-play month is not specified). Here's the release from the RGTR team:

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

Any players that had an existing paid RGTR account as of November 21st will receive a number of gifts to entice players to try other NCSoft games, including beta and 1 free month of access to their upcoming title, Aion.

So long, Auto Assault Tabula Rasa.
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Edited by Lunarbunny
I'll be riding off into the murky sunset.
It's been no secret that Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa has been facing difficulty for a while, now. Even if one hasn't been playing, there have been a number of signs of Tabula Rasa's troubles: there have been free trials open to all for a good while now in an attempt to increase player count, you can buy a boxed version of the game for less than a dollar, and Richard Garriott himself finally left NCSoft recently. For those playing the game, the low player counts and the "veteran bonuses," in-game items given to those who have had a paid account for a certain number of consecutive months, were obvious signs of trouble. Rumors of closure had been floating around between players as well.

Anyhow, NCSoft has set the official date of closure for February 28, 2009. The game will become free to play on January 10, 2009, so if you want to see what the game was like, you might be able to join for a month of shooting evil aliens starting then (whether or not you need a preexisting account or key for the free-to-play month is not specified). Here's the release from the RGTR team:

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

Any players that had an existing paid RGTR account as of November 21st will receive a number of gifts to entice players to try other NCSoft games, including beta and 1 free month of access to their upcoming title, Aion.

So long, Auto Assault Tabula Rasa.
Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

It's a shame.  I'd love to see a great sci-fi themed MMORPG really make a dent in the market.

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Posted by daniel_beck_90

Nice read duder !

Posted by Lunarbunny

Yeah, TR has a rocky history with me. I tried beta, didn't like it that much. I started again when my friend said he wanted to as well (September) and liked it. I played for a while...I have one level 35 character at this point, and a level 30 clone of him. I've been kind of lax playing lately, however. So much for saving that white paint I got for the GM event for top-level Bio armor.

@daniel_beck_90 thanks!

Posted by code305

that sucks when gaame developers has to close down

Posted by Lunarbunny

I guess I have to laugh at how little attention anybody's paying to this. Guess there really is barely anybody that cares about this game anymore (not that I blame you).

Edited by Xymox

I beta tested it. While going about submitting bugs and playing... I felt this strange feeling I couldn't put into words. Like there was something missing, lacking. I couldn't describe it. 

The atmosphere... The world wasn't fleshed out. It was just a big place and nothing to do. Yeah sure do some missions. I just didn't feel like I was doing anthing in the world, just walking around grinding. 
Comming from Star Wars Galaxies and Anarchy Online there was NO WAY for me to take Tabula Rasa in to liking. It wasn't evne in the same ballpark as those games, and they were filled with more bugs then a termite nest. But they were still great fun, and I didn't feel my presense or point in the world was to grind endelssly. The world just didn't feel right in Tabula Rasa. The combat felt odd, the sounds were too repetitive. Like I've always said, what they should have done was to make Tabula Rasa an expansion to Auto Assault. Just merge those two games and you'd have a pretty fleshed out world.