Chronicles of Spellborn Shutting Down, Nobody Cares

Chronicles of Spellborn Shutting Down, Nobody Cares

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Playdom has confirmed that the MMOG Chronicles of Spellborn will be shut down next month, resulting in anguished and angry protests from tens of gamers.

It's been a little more than a year since Chronicles of Spellborn launched in North America, following its European debut in November 2008. The ride has been rough ever since; developer Spellborn Works went bankrupt in June 2009, which led to a relaunch of the game as a "free-to-play" title. But the troubles continued, as publisher Acclaim was bought out in May 2010 by Playdom, which was itself acquired by Disney two months later. Players, meanwhile, were apparently left to struggle without moderators, administrators or any other form of support, leading to suspicions of the worst when the servers went offline without warning earlier this month.

It was an email from Games.com that eventually cleared things up and also led to one of the more bizarre instances of good news/bad news I've seen in recent months. According to the response from Playdom, the servers were down temporarily due to a "technical issue" that had nothing to do with a planned shutdown of the game - but the game is going to be shut down.

"Yes, we do plan to close the game at the end of the month," a Playdom rep wrote. "The servers were down on Monday, but that was due to an unrelated technical issue; the game should be back up now until the end of the month."

Like just about everything else related to Chronicles of Spellborn, its pending closure has the distinct look of a wrecking train. There is still no official announcement of the coming shutdown on either the Spellborn website or the support forums; by all appearances, if Games.com hadn't sent that email, nobody would know that the plug is less than three weeks away from being pulled. That's the kind of classy approach to customer service that you just don't see every day.

The obligatory "Rescue Spellborn" internet petition has been up for four days and has garnered, at last count, a total of 99 signatures. The Chronicles of Spellborn is fully expected to close on schedule.

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WOW... I never even heard of it! I really thought I kept up with gaming news :( So sad to see another amazing title gone forever!

Why can;t they release the server code,exe,ect as a package people can run themselves and have it so it can be distributed and ran for free so they still have all for profit rights to it?

I guess its to casual friendly(uncomplicated) thing to do for these days....

Shame, I already read this on a Dutch gaming website. It's a shame this had to happen if you ask me. But I stick to my Rappelz anyday tho'.

DPunch4:
WOW... I never even heard of it! I really thought I kept up with gaming news :( So sad to see another amazing title gone forever!

something tells me this game was not an amazing title...

and the fact that disney had something to do with it probably did not help its reputation. that does not exist.

You know, I've been finding that I've come to rather dislike a couple of the writers on this site.

There was nothing wrong with the game, the artistic style was great, the combat was fun, the skill-deck system worked.

The only issue I had personally was with the beginning quests, thats it. Its death isn't because of the gamers, but because of piss-poor handling on Acclaim's side.

Hell, I find both the title, and the little quip, dead wrong, and rather insulting. But hey, I liked the game, so I must be a nobody, whatever.

And ahly, I believe Disney came into acquiring the game later in its life, seeing how Acclaim was bought. Again though, the lack of any advertising rested solely in Acclaims lap. They deal with F2P games, and had no interest in doing what was necessary to support a P2P, they just wanted the guaranteed monthly income.

Can't say I've heard of this one much outside of Steam advertisements.

I'm glad I didn't get much out of them, in light of such news.

Best title for an article ever.

Heh, great title. Its true too...and, unfortunatly I bet it will happen for alot of MMO's that just, dont get the support

This article contains more information on Chronicles of Spellborn than I knew existed. Good night, forgotten game, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Ahlycks:

DPunch4:
WOW... I never even heard of it! I really thought I kept up with gaming news :( So sad to see another amazing title gone forever!

something tells me this game was not an amazing title...

and the fact that disney had something to do with it probably did not help its reputation. that does not exist.

Disney bought the company out after its release, and Disney isn't so bad anymore, I'd wager that Disney are currently better than Dreamworks which is odd because Dreamworks was half of Disney yet didn't have the stigma.

Shame for the people that put time and effort in this game, was this a subsciption based service? I assume so.

Literally tens of people are outraged!

The few official videos I found that would even load just made it look like a cheap WoW knockoff.

The game its self was not bad. It had some well worked and inovative features. It was let down by bad publishers really but imo it could have been good. Thats the third f2p mmorpg that has closed this week.

It look like something I would have at least tried it after it became F2P, but now that it is closing I find it a huge shame that all that effort has gone to waste.

Don't you get the feeling that this week's Extra Credits aired a little too late?

...I've never heard of it.

cursedseishi:
You know, I've been finding that I've come to rather dislike a couple of the writers on this site.

There was nothing wrong with the game, the artistic style was great, the combat was fun, the skill-deck system worked.

The only issue I had personally was with the beginning quests, thats it. Its death isn't because of the gamers, but because of piss-poor handling on Acclaim's side.

Hell, I find both the title, and the little quip, dead wrong, and rather insulting. But hey, I liked the game, so I must be a nobody, whatever.

And ahly, I believe Disney came into acquiring the game later in its life, seeing how Acclaim was bought. Again though, the lack of any advertising rested solely in Acclaims lap. They deal with F2P games, and had no interest in doing what was necessary to support a P2P, they just wanted the guaranteed monthly income.

If it was such a fantastic game then it probably have been more popular.

As for the title, yes, 99 people is *technically* a larger number than zero, but in the grand scheme of things it's still nothing. Okay, that was a joke, but you get my point.

This article made me smile. The title alone is golden.

A MMO barely anyone knows about is shutting down... Maybe thats because NO ONE KNEW THE GAME EXISTED. Aside from 99 angry beavers.

Man, I was in the really early and very exclusive closed beta for this way back in 2006!

A cautionary tale? always market your product...customers won't come to your door.

I remember back when the beta was still closed. My friend was jerking off to it so bad and couldn't wait. He let me play the beta on his account and my first thought was "Wtf is this?" Then the game actually came out and he quickly lost interest, seems like everyone else did as well.

Outside of him telling me about it way back when, I would have never known of it seeing as how I haven't seen a single thing about it since then, on the internet or in a magazine.

Oh well, let it die.

Wow. This, uh, strikes me as being one of the worst recorded cases of customer service I've ever seen. Almost impossible to reach, minimal capability to receive let alone respond to feedback, and the official site doesn't even mention the game's impeding closure? Cripes. Even bad customer service clues the gamers in that there's someone at the home offices.

Harsh, but true, title.

The main reason is the PC is considered a MMO-only platform nowadays.

Every time I see a new PC title at Gamespot (screens, preview, trailer, whatever), it's always, and I mean ALWAYS a "Fantasy Online" game.

HELLO DEVELOPERS! Blizzard is rich because they make fine and popular games. That doesn't mean every MMO is going to make billions you know?

I played this for a while. It wasn't bad I think, shame it's shutting down, but I can't say I'm surprised.

Never heard of it. But I'm sure it was outstanding, just misunderstood.

Didn't realise it was still going. Surprised it lasted this long tbh.

The sad part about it is that Runescape, a browser based mmo, is still running.

I wonder if it'll go out in glory like The Matrix Online and Tabula Rasa (I think...) or if it'll just fizzle away into nothingness. Would like to know the amount of MMO's that have come and gone in the life time of WoW.

Chronicles Of Spellborn; although I have just found about you 30 seconds ago, and have no intention of signing that petition, you will be sorely missed. *sheds tear*

I wanted to at least try it in its dying days, but the downloader didn't work. Shame, the character creation and combat looked fun (which is sadly more than I can say for the majority of F2P MMORPGs). Considering the continued success of borefests like Perfect World International, I can at least say Spellborn deserved better. Way better.

I tried this out, wanted it to be good, it was decidedly mediocre and I wasn't encouraged enough to spend any money or try and get very far with it. Even a freemium game has to give you a reason to stick around.

Well this is certainly strange. I actually expected an article very similar to one that was given to Zynga when it talked about closing down Street Racing (which has now been extended to October). Yet I see this article about a game who as far as player base is concerned is similar to Street Racing. See better treatment. Games that are not profitable are shut down, that is how business works. It's how Playdom (which is similar to Zynga in how it creates social games for Facebook) and every other business works. This article is far less biased than the last one with Zynga. Yet the subject is the same. Even the supposed "Horde of Angry Gamers" that was purported in the last article doesn't exist. The petition to keep street racing alive was no more than 115 posts long, many of which were from the same people. It's not wrong of anyone to expect objective article writing. This is a prime example of how opinions and personal bias distort the facts. I believe that this is "wrong".

 

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