When an mmo anounces that it will be shutting down shop it always gives me a bittersweet feeling whether I liked the game or not. To be honest with you friends I played Auto Assault and really couldn't get into it, and obviously alot of you couldn't either. I don't want to spend the space mulling over what went wrong, and why as there are people out there who get paid to do that , but suffice it to say the game just never found a playerbase large enough to build upon. I have to say my heart goes out to the loyal players of the game as well as the dedicated team of peoplethat gave it their best to make it work. In the end I think it was a case of good idea poor presentation.
This makes me curious though as to how many more mmo's will suffer the same fate. In this increasingly competitive market will developers be scared away of trying something different? Or better yet will it make them step back and really evaluate the quality of the product they want you to buy. I hope the latter personally.
I take my hat off to the hard work that the team at Net Devil did, and wish them thebest in their future endeavors. The true test in life is not whether or not you get knocked down, but more impotantly that when you do you get back up. So now Auto Assault joins the mmo graveyard along with other notable games such as Earth andBeyond, Asheron's Call 2, Motor City Online, and any others I forgot about on Aug31st. And with that I bid Auto Assault farewell.
Until Next Time,
P.S. If you read MMOWTF Dan Fortier hit the nail on the head with his prediction of which mmo would close shop.
(Hey Dan you didn't have any insider info did ya? :) )