Over at Nerfbat, Ryan links to the Fury forums with an announcement that Fury is closing in 48 hours. I feel bad for people that worked on the game as well as the people who enjoyed playing it. I agree with Ryan that there is always sadness when a game completely goes away.
I’m seeing a TON of these free to download, free to play games lately though. Unless I’m missing something there is a kind of a repeat of the dot com boom and bust cycle repeating itself in the gaming industry now. There seem to be a lot of game companies whose business plan is “we’ll figure out how to monetize it later.” To me, if they aren’t asking for payment for a box (or digital download,) a subscription, ad revenue support, or an obvious microtransaction model then I am just not going to put any emotional capital into it. I can’t believe that investors are putting real capital into these companies, but the development resources are obviously coming from somewhere.
I’m all for supporting smaller developers but I am having a hard time seeing how the market is going to support all the non-AAA activity that is currently out there.
Maybe I’m some sort of elitist or something, I don’t know. I’d play a game like that if were fun and it cost a little money to play. I really enjoy messing around on my daughter’s Wizard 101 account. I’m willing to pay for a game like that.
I guess what it boils down to is that if I can’t see any visible means of support then I’m not going to waste my time in the game. I may miss out on something cool but on the other hand, I’d rather throw my support behind someone that has some sort of sustainable business model. There are more games out there than I have time to play as it is.
As for all the Fury development folks, I hope you land on your feet. Fury players, sorry you lost your game but let this be a lesson learned.
In the big picture, if you can’t afford 49 cents a day for entertainment (the cost of a $14.99 a month MMO) then it’s probably best that you step away from the computer and do something productive until you CAN afford it. If none of the subscription model games float your boat then I guess this is the way you have to pay, with lost effort and time investment.