Goodbye Antaria Online (and How Not to Handle End-of-Life of Your MMORPG)
Antaria Online R — Closing November 2021
This post and deletion of the Discord, which a significant portion of the community was still using to keep in touch, was how this developer handled the closing of Antaria Online. This is despite community members being willing to potentially purchase rights, pay for hosting, etc. The lack of maturity and experience in the business realm hurts consumer faith in indie multiplayer and MMO projects and given the “R Transition” version was in development with a patch as recently as mid-June, there was likely at least one player who invested additional time, money, and/or other resources into this game — time that could have been better spent on a project with more respect towards it’s community.
I hope that everything in the developer’s life is going well. I can definitely understand the difficulties inherent in balancing privacy maintenance with needing to shift responsibilities online. Paired with someone who is experienced in world development and storytelling, this developer could create quite an impressive MMORPG in the future. Best of luck to the developer and we’ll track this one to see if it’s taken off of the store at the appropriate time.
#07 Project Tank