Fly me to the moon, just don’t fire me while I’m recovering from the trip. That’s the gist of a complaint filed by Ultima creator and nascent citizen space spelunker Richard “Lord British” Garriott against his former employer, Korean games publisher NCsoft, after the two parted ways late last year.
At stake: $24 million. At issue: Whether Garriott voluntarily resigned, or was involuntarily terminated….
Less than two weeks after Richard Garriott said he was leavingÂ struggling NCsoft, the gaming company announced that they will be shutting down the millionaut’s MMO game Tabula Rasa.
“Last November we launched what we hoped would be a ground breaking sci-fi MMO. In many ways, we think we’ve achieved that goal. Tabula Rasa has some unique features that make it fun and very different from every other MMO out there. Unfortunately, the fact is that the game hasn’t performed as expected. The development team has worked hard to improve the game since launch, but the game never achieved the player population we hoped for,” according to a note on the website. “So it is with regret that we must announce that Tabula Rasa will end live service on February 28, 2009.”
Fresh back from his orbital joyride to the International Space Station, millionaut Richard Garriott has left struggling NCsoft and the MMO game he helped to create, Tabula Rasa, to pursue “new interests.”
“Many of you probably wonder what my plans are, now that I have achieved the lifelong dream of going to space,” he wrote in a brief note on the Tabula Rasa site. “Well, that unforgettable experience has sparked some new interests that I would like to devote my time and resources to. As such, I am leaving NCsoft to pursue those interests.”