Wish canceled

Mutable Realms' sprawling fantasy game becomes the latest stillborn MMORPG.

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The massively multiplayer online role-playing game massacre continued over the weekend with the cancellation of Wish. Subscribers to the newsletter from the fantasy title's publisher and developer Mutable Realms got a blunt and sad e-mail around noon Sunday breaking the news.

"Unfortunately we have bad news," read the e-mail. "After careful consideration of all the facts and analyzing all the data, which we have gathered from the Wish Beta 2.0 test so far, we have decided to cancel the Wish project."

Though it did not explain exactly what happened in the beta to cause the cancellation of the project, Mutable Realms wasted little time in closing down the test. "Our Beta test will end [Sunday] evening at 6pm EST, and at this time our Beta forums will close as well," read the message. Sure enough, six hour later, the forums and servers were offline.

The cancellation e-mail continued on a sad note by thanking Wish users for their support. "We enjoyed working together with our fans very much, and we are very sorry about this development." However, the next line sounded like the Wish cancellation was a death sentence for Mutable Realms. "We wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that you continue to enjoy online gaming, even with Mutable Realms and Wish not being available anymore" (emphasis added).

Mutable Realms also tipped its hat to fellow MMORPG developers. "We also wish the best luck to our competitors, and hope that they will not suffer the same fate as us."

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