Brackish Waters

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Auto Assault Parked

It was announced yesterday that Auto Assault will be closing its doors and service at the end of August.

Today NCsoft is announcing that it will be closing down service for Auto Assault at the end of the summer. The service will close at midnight on August 31, 2007. As of today, any player currently in the service with an active billed account will not be billed again. If players have previously purchased time via multi-month billing or time cards that extends their service past July 31, NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately. There will be more announcements coming soon regarding the shut down of Auto Assault and its impact on current accounts.

It hurts when any company drops a product like this and I really hate to see it happen.  I did participate in the beta program for Auto Assault and it was some of the most organized testing I have ever done.  The game released in a fairly complete state and with very few bugs from what I could tell.

The worst thing about this closing is the fact that NCSoft tried something new and failed with it.  Was it because they did a poor job with the design or because players were not ready to digest a Mad Max MMO?

The action in the game was fast paced and I loved almost everything about it.  Who wouldn’t?  I lived through every scene in Death Race 2000 I ever dreamed about!  It was disgusting and exhilarating, but in the end, not worth an additional $15 a month.

The crowd that would have really loved this game are those who are religiously tied to their consoles playing Twisted Metal and racing sims.  If NC could have somehow grabbed those players, they may have tapped a nice resource.

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July 3, 2007 - Posted by | Industry

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