Auran shuts shop

Australian developer of Fury goes into administration; all staff laid off.

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Brisbane, Australia-based developer Auran has gone into voluntary administration, with the company shutting up shop and laying off all employees earlier this afternoon.

A company insider--who refused to be named for this article--confirmed that administrators have taken over Auran Development, the parent company of all Auran companies (including publishing arm Auran Games). The administrators will meet with company creditors in a month's time to decide whether Auran goes into full liquidation or is restructured. Auran had close to 70 employees working at its Brisbane office. The insider confirmed that all staff will be paid for their work to date, plus all annual leave entitlements, redundancy payments, and long service leave.

The company insider told GameSpot AU that a small number of employees will be rehired to form part of a core Fury team for future developments on the recently released online role-playing game. The game, which received lukewarm review scores globally, was one of Australia's largest game projects to date, reportedly costing close to A$15 million ($13.2 million) to make. The insider said Fury servers would not be shut down.

Just yesterday, Auran announced that Fury would now become free to download and play, thanks to a radical overhaul of its subscription model.

Discussion

77 comments
LockdownLA
LockdownLA

duh, Fury sucked bad, even for free.

rockatanski
rockatanski

LOL! Actiblizzard! Sounds like a disabled robot ejaculating!

Sallos
Sallos

Not if actiblizzard has anything to say about it

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Pretty soon the world will be divided: Microsoft will supply the OS and EA will supply the games.....is anyone else worried??

rockatanski
rockatanski

RIP Auran. What a total loss. Australia's only real game developer and now it goes away. Oh well, no more special unique awesome games as well then. I suppose Fury was a big gamble and thanks to Gamespot and other gamewebs for the lower than average terrible reviews, this was bound to happen.

DMWhiteDragon
DMWhiteDragon

$15 million dollars for a multiplayer game? (its not a mmo by any strech of the imagination) They changed the lobby to a 3D one and you play 'deathmatch' with others in 3 modes on different maps. (yes patched added more but the release of the game vs its costs is what im talking about) Thats it, its a MPRPG not a MMORPG so again for $15 million you get 3 modes of multiplayer and a handful of maps with a little 3D lobby.... i would have fired all those guys aswell. Rediculous ( and yes i could do better, however i do suck with moddeling and textures... :P )

taurian0205
taurian0205

lol, fury is free now... and im not interested into playing a free MMO, and not gonna download it, dont want to cap my download limits. well...what a waste of money, stupid developers.

TheC0m1ssar
TheC0m1ssar

Sad to see them go, I really enjoyed playing Dark Reign. Hopefully if they get back onto their feet again, maybe they will make another one.

Sallos
Sallos

Sad to see them go -- Dark Reign was a great game, although I have no interest in their other games

Dryker
Dryker

$13.2 million is one big chunk of change, but I suppose facing the kind of return that Vivendi does with World of Warcraft, it was a viable venture.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I admire this developer for doing what no one else would ever consider, and that's taking chances with new things besides repetitive first person shooters like Crysis, Unreal Tournament, and Halo. Games like Trainz is what make PC gaming so apart from console titles. They probably should've stuck to what made them unique instead of making something which already is oversaturating the market. Hopefully someone besides EA wil purchase this developer so we can enjoy more unusual games. Too bad about Bioware. In about 5 years that name will be gone.

shortyice
shortyice

Hah too bad. Game sucked anyway.

simtim
simtim

That's too bad. I really enjoyed a few of their games, especially the Trainz series.

PacoL250
PacoL250

I wish the people of Auran the best, but whoever bought this game just got screwed. :(

Vamenti
Vamenti

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jknight5422
jknight5422

Well that sucks. Man. I hate seeing things like this happen.

ColdGen
ColdGen

I wish the guys and gals at Auran the best for the future - nothing worse than being sacked at Christmas. Oh and GripShift is out on marketplace now dude!

p00phead
p00phead

man is there a decent video game made in aussie, nz made gripshift and that was rad and soon its gonna be on 360

InSoMnIaK604
InSoMnIaK604

Hahahah, I'm not surprised at all. This is what you get for putting out garbage in todays gaming industry. Nothing about this game was appealing. This game is still Poo.

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

oh...i didnt know that we still made games here in australia.

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

oh...i didnt know that we still made games here in australia.

Merl57
Merl57

O cool its a free game now but I allready spent over 1k on 360 stuff so i need to get my money's worth on that

OgreB
OgreB

Wow.... Thats pretty bad... I can't believe nobody ever spoke up and said. " Hey..!! This game just suks..! " Let's spenrd our millions elseware..." Man...some game designers ... What are they thinking...??? It's like Your are Empty...*sighs*

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

First free, now dead. I feel really bad for this game and this team. -I had my eye on Fury, until the reviews came out.

S2333
S2333

This is really sad. It feels like Australians can't make games. Hopefully Fury will get better with content updates but this feels really bad for Australia.

Devvy01
Devvy01

Its a shame for Australian game development

lew_0911
lew_0911

Too bad for them. Ah, such is the life in the industry (not that I have been there).

jusmurph
jusmurph

Such a shame, for a local you kind of wished it worked out for them.

djynen
djynen

Auran are still around? I thought they'd shut up shop after releasing Dark Reign. Commiserations to all the Developers who just lost their jobs - my sympathy lies with them rather than with the company or the games they produced. . Living in Australia, I do wonder where this laughable delusion came from that Australia could ever sustain a successful gaming industry? When was the last time a 100% Aussie game appeared in your top 10? No, I can't recall either. Not to mention we're too far away from the US and Europe. Face it - Australians will never produce great computer games. Auran's demise is proof of that.

majithise
majithise

Fury should have done much better, but it needed another month or two in beta to smooth out some problems that cause a lot of people to leave early on. Sadly they were the ones who pushed it to release too quickly, tried to meet the date for their "Fury Challenge" publicity tournament. At this point I still think it's an awsome game, been playing it since the early beta back in March, but it needs more people. It's a vicious cycle. New people try it and get frustrated because they only fight against veterans, so they feel it is unbalanced and leave. Which means there aren't enough new players for the next new guy to play with. I love the speed that the game plays at, and feel it is as well balanced as any new MMO, but it hs simply suffered from a lack of players. And that is what the game has needed to allow newbies to play against newbies, or vets vs vets, and to really feel balanced and fun for everyone.

felshs
felshs

game developing industry going down the hill. only a few game is successful out of hundred

jazziey
jazziey

Who bought Fury lol?

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Parker82 What is fury? What the employees of Auran must be feeling! *BA-DUM TSH*

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

um, wiat what's up with this game? if it isn't good why keep it?

matt_dangelo
matt_dangelo

ouch that stinks for those peple, i hope the people who are fired can get other jobs

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

Game development is a risky business. Bioshock, Mass effect if these fail to sales, Bioware and 2k will lost 3 yrs of time and resources. Unlike Hollywood movie which can count on Star power. Games has nothing only graphic and gameplay which is hard to measure.

Diobility
Diobility

Sounds like someone dropped the ball on something... That sucks bad.

MajinSean
MajinSean

Man, all laid off before Christmas. Sounds like a bad G4 Made-for-TV Holiday movie in the works. "Hell Hath No Fury Like Santa....Or Auran for that matter...

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Wow, so it was internal problems that led this game to suck, not just lazyness or bad design decisions. If they are laying off the staff this soon after release then that is a clear sign that there have been problems for quite awhile before release. Bummer. I guess this means there is no hope that the game will get patched into being decent.

Jade_Monkey
Jade_Monkey

To Sammojo: It is a blow to those who bought it. My friend was one of them, I was laughing at him as I told him the news last night.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Wow Fury was a failure. Going free to play and taking out its parent developer so soon after release.

Sammojo
Sammojo

isnt that kind of a blow to people who bought fury?