Dec 13, 2007
Fury developer Auran has closed its doors in the wake of yesterday's unveiling of a new free-download, free-play model for its PvP-focussed MMO.
"The Directors of Auran Developments, the company that employs all the Auran staff, have today called in a Voluntary Administrator [like Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the US]. All the staff were dismissed today. Despite earlier reports, staff will be paid for all their work to date, their annual leave entitlements, redundancy payments and long service leave," the developer has said in an official statement.
The rest reads: "With Fury, we built up a team to make a world beating game and sadly we have not reached our goals - yet. Our performance to date has meant we could no longer fund the 70 strong dev team.
"However, Fury: Age of the Chosen will be launched as planned Friday 8pm GMT. We have put together a small but committed team to continue developing Fury on an ongoing basis. This core team, as we announced last week, are a passionate group of people committed to making Fury a success.
"We will be releasing bug fixes, content and feature updates on a regular basis and in fact they will be more frequent with our new agile team.”
"I believe that once people hear about F:AotC and the new Free to Play business model, we'll start building up the player numbers and revenues that will make the game successful," adds Tony Hilliam, now former CEO of Auran.