Tabula Rasa launch postponed

NCsoft's sci-fi MMOG from famed designer Richard Garriott delayed two weeks to November 2.

It was too good to be true for Richard Garriott's faithful, all of whom are eager to end the six-year-plus tease that has been Tabula Rasa. Despite announcing that the massively multiplayer online sci-fi epic had gone gold early last month, producer Starr Long has posted to the game's Web site that Tabula Rasa will remain a blank slate until November 2, with preorders gaining access on October 30.

Explaining the reason for the company's aborted October 19 launch date, Starr said, "This short but critical amount of time will give us time to address several issues including stability and balance as well as allowing our players to test the continent of Ligo (L38+) and our major changes to crafting for a few weeks rather than a few days."

Tabula Rasa's standard edition will retail for $49.99. A collector's edition of the game that includes several in-game extras, as well as a special message from Garriott, bonus maps and survival guides, Tabula Rasa dog tags, a commemorative coin, a poster, and a making-of DVD, will be available for $69.99. Both editions include the first month of play free. Afterward, the game requires a recurring monthly subscription fee of $14.99.

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Hunters_wolf
Hunters_wolf

I'm pretty pissed, I loved the beta. and have been advertising it. I think if they ACTUALLY RELEASE IT they could make changes, I mean look at WoW patches every other day. Please release the game, I promise that we will buy it Mister Garrott!

jrhart24
jrhart24

I played the beta. Very, very fun game. A really good change from WoW, which I'm about burned out on. The graphics looked fairly good, the guns were really cool looking, and after just a couple levels, my character felt pretty powerful. Other than a few graphical issues, which I've encountered in other MMO's that have been out for years, the only major bug I found was lag. And the lag was barely noticeable on low populated areas. Even with the lag and delay, it didn't affect the game that much. It would really mess up PVP but I'm not the greatest fan of PVP so... for questing and leveling, the game seemed pretty well put together. But then I'm old school. I've been gaming for for 24+ years, since I was 5ish, and I don't require perfection to enjoy a game. From all the bad hype everyone was giving, I was expecting something far less than it was. Good game. I will buy it and play it. Maybe not worth $14.99 a month but neither is WoW.

skj71
skj71

Swampthing.... The NDA was lifted in early September.

Swampthing
Swampthing

Gee... I thought all you beta players signed NDAs... do you know what that means? You can't talk about the game. What the hell, you don't care. This is what happens when there is no age limit on betas... :/

AceCometh
AceCometh

It may actually be a game worth trying out. But between my World of Warcraft addiction and Warhammer comming out soon, I doubt I'll take the time to play this. I'd give it more consideration if those wonderful folks on GameSpot end up giving it a rating of 9.5 or higher.

AKGreywolfe
AKGreywolfe

I'm playing the beta and I'm loving it. YES ,there are some bugs, and YES the launch is delayed. Best to fix the bugs BEFORE people go out and spend money to buy the game AND spend money on the monthly fee (HALO 3 and XBOX 360 issues, anyone?!) I've had both, and it's a great idea for them to work out the bugs and make sure their people are happy enough to WANT to play the game after beta. I already have my collector's edition ordered and will be happily enjoying this game when it's released.

Erebus
Erebus

Tabula Rasa is not a very fun game from my limited beta exploits. I will certainly pass on this one. Bring me Warhammer Online, possibly even Age of Conan, or if by some miracle -- Darkfall.

lucky326
lucky326

2 weeks lol even that isnt going to save this balanceless/broken game plus there actually expecting people to pay $14.99 a month for this lol they need at least 6 months to at least do something with this.

gfile
gfile

This game has no competition...why delaying?

wreltch
wreltch

Anyone playing the beta will know that this game is still way too broken to be ready in a month. I hope I'm proven wrong because its a great game - its just seriously BUGGY.

LockdownLA
LockdownLA

This game is such a DISAPPOINTMENT! Such boring, lackluster gameplay. Not a shooter, yet no real rpg immersion. TR is even crappier than LOTRO. Shame.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I'll wait and see what people think about this game when it's released. I haven't been playing much MMORPG as of late. Been too busy playing my XBox 360.

starbead
starbead

It still won't be ready . It still is NOT worth $15 a month.

Targzissian
Targzissian

On the bright side... The longer it stays in beta, the longer I can play the beta for free. I haven't even tried the instanced missions yet (waiting till my character reaches a higher level), but the other part of the game is a lot of fun. I don't know much about crafting, as it's never been a big thing for me in any MMO. When I get crafting recipes I usually sell them for more ammo. This will be a good game. There's already a lot of content, and now it just needs polish.

932
932

Think its good that they hold it back. But maybe keep it in beta until next year, will be a better idea?

defjam33
defjam33

at least they didn't ship it out early cuz of money problems and other dumb ass excuses that most MMO's fail because of

Agulf
Agulf

Yay. XP boost?

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Draven03 - That's right! DAoC had a really smooth launch, probably the smoothest so far. I beta'd that game, but didn't go beyond my free month of retail when it hit shelves.

Merl57
Merl57

its so popular to delay

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

"Well hey buddy some of us have a...LIFE, so we may only play it 6-7 times a month so the per play cost rises substantially for a game you already payed full price for at retail. I'm 27 so I have a little more to worry about than which capt'n crunch flavor i'm gonna eat tomorrow." Yet you can come on here and argue about it.

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

Well hey buddy some of us have a...LIFE, so we may only play it 6-7 times a month so the per play cost rises substantially for a game you already payed full price for at retail. I'm 27 so I have a little more to worry about than which capt'n crunch flavor i'm gonna eat tomorrow.

Ikthog
Ikthog

Same story as usual -- there has never been, and likely never will be, an MMO that the community believes is ready at launch. Which is not to say Tabula Rasa IS ready, I'm sure it's not, and the criticism is probably fair, but they could wait another year or three and people would be saying all the same things. It would help if more of these companies had some idea why they were making their game in the first place -- I think that lack of vision is the reason why so many of these games end up getting delayed for years, and finally released in a half-baked state, with the best case scenario recouping some of the millions of development dollars before the thing goes dark. (I'm actually planning on trying Tabula Rasa, but I don't have ridiculously high expectations of it. The beta isn't bad, just nothing revolutionary.)

Ghostin-Dashell
Ghostin-Dashell

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mista-bungle
mista-bungle

OMG YOU PEOPLE ARE POOR AS CRAP! $15 a month is like 50 cents a day! (sometimes more in February, some times less in months with 31 days) GET A JOB!!!!

Nepherate
Nepherate

From what I've gathered from people playing Beta, is that it's just another Guild Wars. I'm in the WAR beta and well....Here I come Warhammer Online :)

Mr-Silter
Mr-Silter

omg. well, guess i gotta wait :)

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Without $15 per month, I'd grab this in an instant, but with it... maaaaaaybe. I'll have to wait and see.

draven03
draven03

SteveTwo - While WoW had a decent launch, you are forgetting the original launch of DAoC. That launch, imo, was the smoothest ever.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

They should delay it for another year is more like it..this game really stinks atm

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

I can forgive the choppy performance and bugs of the beta, because it is after all a beta, but the unforgivable thing is that even if the game ran perfectly and was bug-free, I couldn't see a single thing in there that would make me want to play it over any other MMO. They've been touting this as a revolution in MMORPGs. The only thing this game revolutionizes is mediocrity.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

and btw .... Garriott if you ever read this .... might want to take a look at what everyone has written up till now ... not one positive post :S I haven't played it myself but DANG thats brutal ....

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

thats a hefty monthly fee .... dang i thought my WoW fee was expensive ... it better be darn good or its never gonna lift off. It just doesn't have that famous Blizzard logo backing it ... :S

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Thank god, the game didn't look anywhere near enough done. I really want to play the game, but I refuse to have something less than finished. Power to the devs.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Zemus, unfortunately every MMO that releases releases into a Beta state. The only real exception to that rule was WoW, and that had to deal with different problems since thier game wasn't designed for the number of people who were interested in playing it. Every MMO is going to have a shake-down period after launch where something is not going to go as planned. If you want a stable more-finished MMO, just wait about 6-9months after its release. This is the formulae I found works for most MMOs.

spelledarn
spelledarn

The beta was a disappointment, to say the least. Laggy, buggy, but the biggest issue was that it just wasn't all that much fun to play. It's a shame, but I really hope Mr. Garriot can fix this in time.

Warfust
Warfust

I am taking a long break from MMOGs, but at least this one sounds interesting!

osleyee
osleyee

i try the beta and did not like it the game is good but not worth playing 15 bucks at month

Zemus
Zemus

2 weeks? How about a year Garriott! Your game is going to be a live Beta Test that costs per month with little to no enjoyable value. I played very far into the beta with a good solid group, NCsoft must be threatening to pull the plug if they don't see profit soon because this game is no where near ready and no sane development team would release this.

nephthyswandere
nephthyswandere

They need to take 6 months and make the game actually enjoyable. Garriott had some big ideas, most of which have been dumbed down and now the game doesn't have much of any appeal, if not for being the only new sci-fi MMO.

Wedge55
Wedge55

They'd need more than a month to make this game worthwhile. It definitely shows its age of six years in development hell. It might have been a passable game 4-5 years ago, but it's 2007 now and the bar has been raised well past what the game delivers.

londonrider
londonrider

I wish they add PvP feature during that delay :P

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

I played the Beta too and I didn't liek the game. It's too slow-paced and requires alot of dumb micro-management. Hellgate London looks better IMO.

Questlove711
Questlove711

Yeah, not gonna get this game, especially with that 14.99 monthly fee. I played the Beta quite a bit and thought it was very Ok. But that's just me!

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

ah, well as long as its for the better, its not a huge delay.

McGregor
McGregor

from what i hear, it needed it.

shaneras
shaneras

thats okay im not that big on it anyway.