Earlier today, word came out that the original developer of The Chronicles of Spellborn had gone under and that Frogster would redevelop the game with a microtransaction business model.
Acclaim, the US publisher of Spellborn, has confirmed that they will be involved and relaunch the game in the United States in 2010 as well.
ACCLAIM GAMES ANNOUNCES RE-DEVELOPMENT FOR “SPELLBORN”
The Chronicles of Spellborn to re-launch with micro-transaction model in 2010.
Los Angeles, CA (June 29, 2009) – Acclaim Games announces the re-development of their recent MMORPG The Chronicles of Spellborn which was released in February, 2009. The development is planned to carry into 2010 and will include several enhancements and changes to the current game. The enhancements and development of the new model will be carried through a joint venture between Spellborn NV and the development studio of Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. based in Seoul, the Korean studio bringing its expertise in the field of free-to-play and micro-transactions.
After the re-development, the current subscription model will be switched to a free-to-play system supported by micro-transactions. This will open the world of Spellborn to all players and give them a chance to experience the rich lore and game-play in its entirety.
Players who are currently playing the game will be able to continue playing the game in its current form via the subscription service. At the point where the new version is released, any unused subscriptions will be credited to their accounts. Any players who wish to register for a free account can sign up now at http://spellborn.acclaim.com.