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Ryzom (RYZ)
Winch Gate Property Limited | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 09/20/04)  | Pub:Winch Gate Property Limited
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Gameforge in Receivership

Posted by Keith Cross on Oct 02, 2007  | Comments

Gameforge in Receivership -

The official forums for the MMORPG Ryzom are full of disappointing news for the game's fans. Today Marjo, the game's Community Liaison, told players that Gameforge, the company currently in control of the game, is going into receivership (a near equivelent to bankruptcy in the US), and the future of the game is unclear.

Folks who have been following this game may remember that last year, a similar announcement was made by Nevrax, the company running the game at the time.

Hello, as much as I'd have preferred to speak about some upcoming projects, I bring you today news about the financial state of the game you're all so passionate about.

Ryzom is going to pass through a few uncertain days/weeks, a second time. Our efforts to move Ryzom forward didn't get the expected repercussions and today as I speak, while the game continues to run and to be supported, the company behind its development - Gameforge France SARL, located in Paris - is lacking the funds to keep going. For those who've known the Nevrax times and went through the transitory period in last December, the same legal procedure of "liquidation judiciaire" has been put in place yesterday. This means that while the appointed liquidator will do what it takes to close the company, potential buyers may show up to take over the game Ryzom. If nobody shows up, the servers will be shut down in less than 3 weeks at liquidator's request.

Meanwhile, what is going to change for you? Ryzom is still running and your characters remain. However the game development has been frozen and the billing system and Free Trials are undergoing the following changes:

  • Paying subscribers will not be billed and will be able to continue playing for free.
  • It's not possible to pay to subscribe to a full Ryzom account anymore.
  • You will still be able to create a Free Trial account, but at the moment there will be no possibility to upgrade your account and go to mainland.
  • The level cap on Silan is removed for the Free Trials in the meantime.

Closing Read more here.

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