The official Tabula Rasa website has been updated with a post from Richard Garriott regarding the development of the game. It appears the wait will be a bit longer:
Executive Producer Richard Garriott has released the following statement regarding Tabula Rasa:
Greetings to all,
I'd like to update everyone about the development of Tabula Rasa. At E3 this year, we communicated to you that the game would be ready to launch this winter. In the few months since the show we've come to believe the game will take us longer than estimated to complete, especially due to some noteworthy modifications and refinements we intend to make to the game.
What this means for those of you who've been patiently waiting for the release of Tabula Rasa is that your wait will be a bit longer. The game won't be out this winter and likely won't be ready for some months beyond that. The good news is that we continue to be committed to launching Tabula Rasa only when it is ready.
I want people who play Tabula Rasa to have a unique and fun experience and I don't want to ship it until it fully meets the lofty expectations that the Destination Games team and I have for it. Even more importantly, I won't launch this product until we believe it meets your expectations for a quality, ground-breaking massively multiplayer product. Fortunately, NCsoft is a publisher that is as devoted to excellence as we are. The company fully supports this decision and is encouraging us every step of the way.
I want you to know that our dedicated team is working diligently to get Tabula Rasa to you as soon as possible and can't wait to get it in your hands so you can try it yourselves. In the future, I hope you'll come back to the Tabula Rasa site as we keep you abreast of what these changes are all about and ultimately when you'll be able to join us in Sanctuary.
Thanks for your time.
Richard "Lord British" Garriott
Tabula Rasa Executive Producer
Although this is likely bad news to those awaiting TR, the statements regarding Destination's dedication to the title and Garriott's desire for his title are positives. This is the classic, "glass half empty/half full" dichotomy. Hopefully the community will see this as they should: a developer doing that which is necessary to deliver a solid product.
Click here to read the announcement at the official Tabula Rasa website.