Posted Tue, Feb 19, 2008 by Aelryn
NCsoft says "BS" to TR's recent doom report.
Today, NCsoft called out the recent Korea Times article which suggested that Tabula Rasa had been a financial disaster for them. They accused the writer of sloppy reporting and countered a number of the claims made, although they did acknowledge that there may be lay-offs at their Austin studio.
While Swofford acknowledged that the game “could have done a little better” and that “there’s a possibility that there could be downsizing with the TR team”, he was keen to counter a number of the claims made.
“The Korea Times English edition story is full of inaccuracies,” he said. “No one at NCsoft said the product is a financial disaster. That came from the writer and is his opinion.
“The TR development did not cost $100 million. I don’t know where that came from. The price tag for the product was much less…a fraction of that cost. Tabula Rasa was not restarted more than twice. It had one overhaul and that came after 2-3 years of development.
“The article made it sound like the TR launch led to some sort of falling out with Robert Garriott. That is so far from the truth. In fact Robert has been promoted to work more with CEO TJ Kim on business development. Yes Robert is out of the day-to-day operations, but he’s still in the office and now travels much more for the company than he did before.
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