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The debate over Copernicus' failure continues

By Tam Mageean
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One particular debate that's transcended the mmo community this week has been the doomed and repeated failure of mmorpg developer 38 Studios, and their upcoming game, Copernicus.

Copernicus is an mmo that has been in development for some time at 38 Studios, and when the studio went bankrupt back in 2010, the future of the developer rested in the hands of the residents of Rhode Island, who had to settle a $75 million dollar loan to keep the company afloat. The loan was received with huge animosity at the time and the bad press has continued throughout, however Copernicus was blossoming into what appeared to be a good-looking mmo that would hopefully create jobs in the Rhode Island community, and play its part in pulling the company out of debt. At the time, the studio was based in Massachusetts, and the loan was put in place to try and lead the studios out towards the Ocean State.

The founder of 38 Studios, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling constructed the loan and has been under fire from the Rhode Island Governor, who actually approved and guaranteed the loan, ever since.

Governor Chafee described the mmo as nothing more than "a lot of junk", following its failure to sell at auction last week, and agreed that it was a mistake to fund the studio in the first place.

"People just panicked and gave a retired baseball player a huge amount of taxpayer money with no experience in this industry or any other businesses,"

He is currently backing a legal case, whereby Rhode Island are suing 38 Studios and Schilling for causing the mishap and leaving the taxpayers seriously out of pocket.

Schilling has now responded, via Twitter, stating Chafee "...has no clue what he's talking about. Never did."

"Any decision that loses is 'bad' in hindsight. Bet RI would like a 'redo' on Gov election too,"

With more shots fired from both sides, and the game being merely used as a political weapon by both sides, it's starting to look like anyone still waiting for Copernicus to land on the launch calendar should probably start seeking refuge in another virtual world.


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