Fury To The Furnace

By John Walker on August 6th, 2008 at 12:04 pm.

It looked quite pretty, too.

Back in December 07 we mentioned that MMO Fury had added a free-to-play option. This was part of some desperate attempts to rejuvinate the project, closely followed by many staff being laid off, but it has not worked. Fury is to be no more. Auran’s forums have a message stating,

“Auran have reached their time limit to find a solution that would help them keep the Fury servers open. No solution has been found and so they have no alternative than to shut the servers down.”

The message from the Auran boss goes on to show some remarkable modesty:

“To the Auran team, who put their heart and soul into making Fury, thanks for your efforts. As I said many times before, we need to be much better than the competition to have a chance of succeeding. We gave it everything we had and history now judges that it still wasn’t good enough.”

This is a bit of a turn-around from the claims made last December, when developers Auran announced (our emphasis), “For the first time, players can download FURY and play free forever.”

The game’s site is now closed down, and Auran say that anyone who bought a copy in the last month should return it to the store, as retailers were asked a month ago to remove all stock.

Via Blues.

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8 Comments »

  1. The Hammer says:

    This is a bit of a turn-around from the claims made last December, when developers Auran announced (our emphasis), “For the first time, players can download FURY and play free forever.”

    Only a bit, mind!

  2. Rustkill says:

    I feel like it’s a shame to see Fury go. It was a game not without merit. It just struggled to find it’s identity in time and was further hindered by being very buggy at release. At the same time, the game passed the point where people wrote it off, so this was somewhat inevitable.

  3. Ben Abraham says:

    * salutes all Aussie game Dev’s that ‘ave a go *

  4. Ray says:

    I put a lot of time into the alpha and beta of this. The game could have been decent, indeed early in development it showed a lot of promise, attracting a reasonable amount of interest within the Guild Wars PvP community, but despite that the devs decided to ignore pretty much all of the feedback given and made some terrible decisions. Was expecting, or hoping at least, that it would be so good, but never even bought the actual game. Still, got a couple of hundred hours of relatively fun, though buggy, gameplay for free while testing it, so not totally wasted time.

  5. cyrenic says:

    I had a chance to play the beta and found the combat to be extremely boring. I think there’s room for a “deathmatch” PvP MMO type game out there, but IMO Fury had insurmountable gameplay flaws.

  6. MeestaNob! says:

    Hopefully they’ll go back to train sims for cash and re-visit their dreams later in a few years.

  7. Kanakotka says:

    So, the flashy Ro-Sham-Bo game went down, i would say only half of the people here actually knew it existed…

  8. malkav11 says:

    Not particularly sad to see this one go. Unlike many of the other MMOs that have shut down, this one never seemed particularly worthwhile. Though that may be my anti-PvP bias talking.