Wolfpack Studios being shut down

Ubisoft to pull the plug on Shadowbane developer effective mid-May; MMO game's future uncertain.

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A Wolfpack Studios designer's blog report that the developer is set to be closed down was confirmed today by parent company Ubisoft.

"Yes, Ubisoft will be closing its Wolfpack studio on May 15, 2006," a representative of the company told GameSpot News. "The decision to close Wolfpack is part of an overall strategy to concentrate Ubisoft's development in its larger studios where more resources are available."

The representative added that the publisher is looking for relocation opportunities within Ubisoft for all Wolfpack employees.

As for how this will impact Shadowbane, the massively multiplayer online game Wolfpack developed, that's still not entirely clear. Earlier this month, Ubisoft made the game free to play, and the company's representative said it will remain that way until Wolfpack closes in mid-May. As for what happens after that, Ubisoft will be sending more information to customers "as soon as it is available."

Discussion

27 comments
CaptHowdy22
CaptHowdy22

i just found this game and it fricken rocks, like hardcore rocks, its got all the best features, PVP, player driven cities, politics. for any of you that think this game is dead, it is not. nobody may be fixing the bugs in the game, however there are still alot of players. and hey Gameloverx, adventure quest looks like complete SH!TE, looks like a crappy pokemon rip off, and looks like it was made by the devlopers of get tifffany. get off that stupid kiddy game and start playing some real RPG games. Shadowbane shouldnt be dissed so early on, it doesnt take form till you get to at least lvl 50, pvp is the name of the game in this one. and for those who think that would take forever, i made 50 in 5 or 6 hours. you lvl very fast in this game. at least you get past the lower lvls and into the higher ones so you can pvp. i highly recomend this game

earthDural
earthDural

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST WASTED 5 hours of my life... just researching and downloading this........

ewjim
ewjim

Wolfpack Studios - who are they anyway?! What games they created?

gibb1
gibb1

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??????????????

Autolycus
Autolycus

yeah the MMO market is getting packed but just so eveyrone knows. You should check out Shadowbane before they shut it down. A lot of people good time and skills into making this game. If you like playing a theif, it was the best game in the MMO series, bar none. But unfortunately I guess it ended up getting bad after 1.5 years of release. I stayed for 1.25 and it was fun to the last minute until noone would group with you if you were a theif because they thought you were going to steal. Personally any MMO that comes out, shouldnt let everyone know your a theif, since well....thieves arent supposed to be noticed...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

ah well, we don't need another MMO

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

It makes me laugh when someone says they tried Shadowbane for 30 minutes and decided it wasnt any good. You cant do anything in 30 minutes.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

G'luck to them and their future endeavors.

gameloverx
gameloverx

I don't play Shadowbane because it SUCKS. I play Adventure Quest that you can check out at www.battleon.com and its free to play the game

wytefang
wytefang

Lauryn probably never heard of them because she's a console fan. This is for a PC game...remember, the comp-u-tah? LOL...I weep for the current generation of gamers.

sigma8
sigma8

The WW2 submarine game, "Wolfpack", rocked.

Ikthog
Ikthog

Shadowbane was actually pretty cool, for its time, at least the very beginning (despite being delayed for years). All PvP all the time, and an interesting mix of new abilities and ideas. It was actually kind of fun that you had to watch your back because there was, in all likelihood, someone sneaking around you unseen, trying to steal your stuff (possibly even one of your party members). The city building had potential too... though I will admit I didn't stick around long enough to see it all go bad (which I understand it did). Ah well, we've seen plenty of first/second generation MMO developers come back to produce something new, so I'm guessing we haven't seen the last from the soon-to-be-ex-Wolfpack team.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Bummer, feel sorry for the people losing their jobs.

Legir
Legir

I was looking forward to Shadowbane. Then it sucked hard.

1nme4u
1nme4u

unfortunate for the employees and the 8 people who played this, otherwise, oh well!

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

Seeing how they don't have any games worth mentioning....this is probably a good thing...

stovich
stovich

Well, at least they're not out-right dismissing those people. I think it's a very stand-up act to try relocating the employees within the parent company, rather than just letting them go. Way to go Ubi!

mwewerka
mwewerka

I met the main art guy Trey, at E3 in 2002. Nice guy, If he is still there i hope he finds other work in this cut throat industry.

Paganstar
Paganstar

Sorry for the folks that may lose their jobs (looking for relocation ops does not mean they will find them) but it is about time. Shadowbane was really horrible.

MHKnights
MHKnights

I played Shadowbane for half an hour and couldn't find any good. No big loss here.