Following the departure of Richard Garriott
from NCsoft, the MMO-focused publisher has announced that its PC MMO Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa
will be shut down February 28, 2009.
The news was delivered via the game's official site
in a letter signed "The Tabula Rasa
Team." The closure was pinned simply on a failure for the title to meet its financial targets.
"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," it reads in part. "Unfortunately, the fact is that the game hasn't performed as expected."
From January 10 through the game's shuttering, subscription fees will be waived for all players. Despite the game's imminent demise, NCsoft promised, "We'll be doing some really fun things in Tabula Rasa
, and we plan to make staying on a little longer worth your while."
Furthermore, Tabula Rasa
players who were already subscribed at the time today's announcement were made will receive a variety of perks relating to other NCsoft products, including three free months of City of Heroes
and Lineage II
, and upcoming beta access for Aion