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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

From FireSky to Gazillion: A Case of Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan?

Posted by UnSub Friday May 15 2009 at 4:26AM
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The funny thing about the internet is that when you post things, you can never be sure who is reading. Obscurity is no protection, because all it takes is one person to link it to a position of prominence and then everyone knows. This is especially the case for those people working in online games - people can dev stalk very quietly for years, sometimes for quite benign reasons (hey, I like to know what Positron might be up to!) and sometimes for not-quite-so-happy reasons (Sporkfire has a story where a player once posted up his real address on an online forums, which wouldn't be a good feeling at all).

This lesson popped up this week when then CME Studio Head Dan Elggren's wife posted up info on their blog that he was leaving CME / FireSky and going to Gazillion. Also part of the message was the mass exodus of staff that had occurred in recent times and that he wasn't getting paid for going to work. All in all it paints a sad picture of where CME / FireSky is right now and that Stargate Worlds only really "has a chance" to ship. It was another peek under the hood at a title and studio that held a lot of promise but now seems on a sure ride to oblivion.

However, I can't help but see Elggren's move is from one untested umbrella dev brand with a lot of unpublished MMOs heavily based on IPs to another untested umbrella dev brand with lots of unpublished MMOs heavily based on IPs. He's just switching Stargate for Marvel. And, not to throw any negative light on Mr Elggren's ability, but I can't see Gazillion's future as being much brighter than FireSky's.