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.