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Lord British reigns supreme in NCSoft suit, walks away with $28 million

In 2008, Ultima creator Richard “Lord British” Garriott was on top of the world. Literally. He had a cushy seat atop one of the world’s largest MMO developers, and he – you know – went to outer space. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. Until today.

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Tabula Rasa headlines

  • Garriott was sacked while in "quarantine from his space flight"

    It’s the stuff of news dreams. Not only is Richard Garriott suing NCsoft for $24 million, but he’s also claiming he was fired while still in “quarantine from his space flight,” according to this GamePolitics report. From Garriott’s complaint, filed with a US court yesterday: In… November 2008, Chris Chung, President of NCSoft’s North American […]

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  • Watch Tabula Rasa’s final moments

    Tabula Rasa is officially dead. We checked, and now, so can you. After the break, you’ll find a video of the explosively decompressed MMO’s last hurrah. It has lasers, explosions, and some guy break-dancing – everything you could want from one of these things, really. Oh, it’s also set to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” […]

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  • The Apocalypse is nigh for Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa will be going offline forever come tomorrow, and NCsoft plans for the MMO to go out with a bang. Word has it that alien race the Neph has discovered wormhole technology and are invading with “wave after wave of Bane troops without rest or respite.” If you’ve got an account, log on. Make […]

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  • NCsoft profits down; Guild Wars 2 pushed into 2010-2011

    NCsoft’s reported Q4 financials, showing a 22 percent loss despite an 11 percent sales rise. The news comes nipping at the heels of lay-offs and restructuring reports on Wednesday. Fans wanting Guild Wars 2 will suffer because of this, with the game has been pushed into 2010/2011 to focus more on the release of MMO Aion […]

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  • Tabula Rasa gets mech suits just in time for last hurrah

    NCsoft’s Tabula Rasa team has finally added the long-awaited mech suits to its flailing MMO, just in time for the game to shut down. The time-limited mechs go live when the patch downloads. They come in five models, which are built around various character classes. Tabula Rasa’s servers will be shut down in two weeks, […]

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  • Tabula Rasa now free to play

    Shacknews is reporting that soon-to-shut NCSoft MMO, Tabula Rasa, will now be free to play until it’s demise in February. Former players can reactivate their accounts over at PlayNC. Newbies would have to first create an account at PlayNC and then get a serial from the support page. Interested? Download it here. By Mike Bowden

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  • Tabula Rasa shutting down on February 28

    Not a massive shock, but sad nonetheless: NCsoft’s confirmed that sci-fi MMO Richard Garriot’s Tabula Rasa will stop for good on February 28, 2009. Here’s the statement in full, taken from the official site: To the Tabula Rasa Community, Last November we launched what we hoped would be a ground breaking sci-fi MMO. In many […]

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  • NCsoft profits plummet 50% in last quarter

    NCsoft’s reported a profit drop of 50 percent for the quarter ending September 30, down to to 5.0 billion won ($3.7 million) on sales of 78.3 billion won ($58.0 million). Tabula Rasa only accounted for 2 percent of the cash, or 1.76 billion Korean won ($1.3 million), in the period. Richard Garriott confirmed last night […]

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  • Tabula Rasa to get FPS view

    According to this Tabula Rasa dev update, the MMO is going to get an FPS view. It doesn’t say when the feature’s going to be added, but there are some screens there to prove it’s real. Astonishing. Take a look. Thanks, MaxConsole.

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  • NCsoft Austin confirms 21 lay-offs

    In a statement published on Massively, NCsoft’s confirmed that 21 members of staff have been laid off at its Austin facility, backing up reports of trouble at the outfit. We are announcing that 21 positions are being eliminated in the Austin office of NCsoft in the area of product development. Primarily this is related to […]

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  • Rumour: NCsoft Austin to close

    This Joystiq report‘s rumouring that NCsoft is to lay off all its development staff in Austin. The site cites a “reliable source,” which also reckons Dungeon Runners is to shut down as part of the move. Tabula Rasa, also developed at the facility, will apparently be moved to Guild Wars creator Arena.net in Seattle. None […]

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  • NCSoft is hiring

    Massively is reporting that NCSoft is looking for European staff. The firm responsible for City of Heroes, Tabula Rasa and Dungeon Runners is looking for a creative services manager and a development studio technical liaison. Apply. You never know your luck. By Mike Bowden

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  • Tabula Rasa isn't screwed, says NCsoft

    Talking to Eurogamer, NCSoft has rebutted recent talk that Richard Garriot’s MMO Tabula Rasa is in dire straights. “Tabula Rasa has a dedicated player base, which is growing month on month,” said NCsoft Europe’s David Blundell. “Tabula Rasa offers players a different kind of MMO experience, enhancing our portfolio of game titles. The game play […]

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  • Tabula Rasa missing from NCSoft Q1 financials

    NCSoft’s MMORPG Tabula Rasa was conspicuous by its absence in the company’s Q1 financials, writes Massively. The game has had a rough time of it since its release. As earlier as February this year the game was labelled a financial disaster: the rumours of haven’t gone away. Full piece of doom and gloom through the […]

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  • Tabula Rasa "financial disaster", says Korean Times

    According to this, Korean journalist Cho Jin-seo has published a piece in the Korean Times about Tabula Rasa, saying that “some downsizing in Austin is inevitable” after the game has “has proven to be a financial disaster”. “NCsoft CFO Lee Jae-ho did state that some downsizing in Austin is inevitable. But he also indicated in […]

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  • NCSoft shows steady growth as Tabula Rasa takes over $5 million

    NCSoft’s just reported full year 2007 results, showing sales of $355.1 million and an operating profit of $53.3 million. Although the company saw its sales drop 3 percent year over year, operating profit, pre-tax profit, and net profit increased 14 percent, 24 percent and 18 percent, respectively. The report reveals that Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa […]

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  • Hybrids enter Tabula Rasa - trailer

    Look. There they are. The latest update for Richard Garriot’s sci-fi MMO was announced a few days ago, but we didn’t report it because we couldn’t get this stupid video to work. But now we can. According to the press release: “There are three human-alien hybrids; taking the best characteristics of the Forean, Brann, Thrax […]

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