Wolfpack to Close

MMORPG.COM has word that developer Wolfpack is to bee closed on May 15 by parent company Ubisoft. The report is confirmed on Ashen Temper dot Com, blog of Sean Dahlberg, Community Manager at Wolfpack. There is no word how this impacts the future of Shadowbane. Here's a bit of Sean's update:
We were recently informed that as of mid-May 2006, the doors of Wolfpack Studios will be closing. Ubisoft, our parent company, will be refocusing their efforts on the console market with the new fiscal year, what with the new systems coming to market such as the X-box 360, PS3, and the Nintendo GO! (or so the rumors call it lately). This is not an unheard of practice; many game publishing companies tend to put a majority of their efforts into development of games for new systems. It is best to strike when the iron is hot, as the saying goes.

What does this mean for Shadowbane? Truth be told, I really don't know. I wish I did because I don't only work on the game, I play it too. Once I do know something and can officially state as much, I'll let you all know.
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Not surprising...
Mar 29, 2006, 15:48
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Not surprising... Mar 29, 2006, 15:48
Mar 29, 2006, 15:48
 
...when your hallmark game looks worse than pre-EQ and features a UI and control scheme from the WORSE Diablo click-fest clone.

I must say, I was originally really interested in the premise of this game. Build cities and fortifications that can be demolished in war? How cool is that?

I'm a retro gamer, and I'll be the first to say that graphics aren't everything, but I just found SB so horrid looking, with such stiff animation, and absolutely horrible control schemes, that I never could get immersed in the game.

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Mar 29, 2006, 07:38
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Mar 29, 2006, 07:38
 
What does this mean for Shadowbane? Truth be told, I really don't know. I wish I did because I don't only work on the game, I play it too

perhaps a little too much playing...

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Mar 29, 2006, 05:37
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Mar 29, 2006, 05:37
 
Well that is pretty sucky. With the free service annnouncement, i thought SB's immediate future was secured via an alternate revenue stream, but i guess Ubi have just given up with the game.

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Re: Yup
Mar 29, 2006, 02:33
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Re: Yup Mar 29, 2006, 02:33
Mar 29, 2006, 02:33
 
Whats really weird is that they just opened a new server a week ago.

The best theory I've heard is that they made it free until people who purchased 3/6/12 month subs finish running out, supposedly a while back they made it so you could only purchase one month at a time.

Really sucks for the fans of the game who thought this was leading to the shadowbane 2 beta, but also sucks for fans of real open pvp games. Maybe some company will buy this, but more likely they will buy the asian version that has bs numbers behind it, and "awards."

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Re: Yup
Mar 29, 2006, 01:12
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Re: Yup Mar 29, 2006, 01:12
Mar 29, 2006, 01:12
 
There's an opportunity here for some smaller publisher to do an "aggregate" thing, pick up orphan games and offer acces to all of them for a single price.

AC2, E&B, ShadowBane, several others, are probably profitable, just not profitable enough for the major corps to bother with.

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Re: Yup
Mar 29, 2006, 00:07
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Re: Yup Mar 29, 2006, 00:07
Mar 29, 2006, 00:07
 
The buzz on the forums is that Blue spelt "be" wrong.

"word that developer Wolfpack is to bee closed on May"

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Re: Yup
Mar 28, 2006, 23:51
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Re: Yup Mar 28, 2006, 23:51
Mar 28, 2006, 23:51
 
I don't that that statement about Ubisoft "refocusing their efforts on the console market." I hope they are not going to be doing less PC titles.

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Re: Yup
Mar 28, 2006, 23:40
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Mar 28, 2006, 23:40
 
Surprised they lasted this long.


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Re: Yup
Mar 28, 2006, 23:27
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Re: Yup Mar 28, 2006, 23:27
Mar 28, 2006, 23:27
 
Just so I'm keeping 'em clear in my own head (so many damn MMOs these days), this is the one that just recently went 'free' for the base game, right? Ie, no monthly costs, free to dl?

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Yup
Mar 28, 2006, 23:13
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Yup Mar 28, 2006, 23:13
Mar 28, 2006, 23:13
 
Not really surprised. GG SB. You took a shot at it and lasted a while, which is better than most MMOGs that are discussed, hyped, and eagerly awaited by the massively multiplayer community.

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