The Endless Forest in danger of shutdown, appeals to backers for aid

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Unusual MMO experience The Endless Forest has lost its museum backing and is in danger of closing down for good.

The Endless Forest is a strange online experience in which players take on the form of deer-like creatures; it’s equal parts mental and beautiful. It was originally commissioned by the Musée d’Art moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg in 2003, and has been online in its final form for seven years, attracting a dedicated community.

The museum has decided to cease support for the free MMO, leaving Belgian developer Tale of Tales to shoulder the €165 per month the server costs. Although it seems like a small amount, it’s more than the tiny independent team can cough up for a game which brings in no income after costs.

Although it has largely let the project lapse in recent years, Tale of Tales is appealing to players to sign up for a small voluntary monthly donation – perhaps as little as €1 – in order to keep The Endless Forest blooming.

Go forth and wander through The Endless Forest to see if you think it’s worth a little of your cash.

Tale of Tales other works include The Graveyard, The Path and Salom.