On Monday we reported that Auto Assault would be ending its services in August. For a short time there was hope among the game's fans that NetDevil would buy the game from NCsoft and keep the game alive. Those hopes were officially dispelled in a recent interview with NetDevil CEO Scott Brown on the WarCry Network.
NetDevil has no plans to salvage their automobile MMORPG Auto Assault, according to CEO Scott Brown. Publisher NCSoft announced early this week that after an inglorious year and four months of commercial service they will close the doors on August 31st of this year.
"We talked about it and sort of left it where it is," Brown told WarCry in a phone interview late Thursday. "We just couldn't come to an agreement."
NCsoft owns the intellectual property that is Auto Assault. This means they own the name, the story, the idea, the art and anything that directly relates to the game. The code-base and engine that power the game remain the property of NetDevil.
"We are certainly looking at other ways we can use what we do own," Brown added.
Brown added that no jobs would be lost as a result of NCSoft's decision. NetDevil still has Jumpgate in active service and development continues on an update. They're also working on LEGO Universe and Warmonger. Nonetheless, the Colorado based developer put a lot of time into the project.
Read the full interview here.