Acclaim Shuts Down
Acclaim was one of the first Western publishers to get involved with the free to play market. While the founders were able to predict the future direction of MMO gaming, they failed on the execution. Years before it officially shut down, Acclaim had laughable customer support, and refused to deal with many issues popping up in their games.
The servers for ‘Bots’ were filled with hackers, even those capable of crashing the whole server. The Chronicles of Spellborn never got off the ground, but that’s mostly due to the European developer. A bunch of random browser based games came and went. RockFree was perhaps the most promising, but it too is gone now. Two games were able to get out in time. 9Dragons is now being published by GamersFirst. 2Moons has been renamed Dekaron by the new publisher, GameHi. Apparently GamersFirst was just as shocked as the rest of us by Acclaim’s abrupt closure. They advise current 9Dragons players to take screenshots of their characters, inventories, and equipment to verify their belongings during the transition. They also warn that because of Acclaim’s sudden move, the transition could takes or even weeks.
The sorry story of Acclaim has a funny, if unfortunate ending. Playdom, an up and coming company involved with social gaming, acquired Acclaim several weeks ago. Had they spent 10 minutes doing some research, they could of saved a ton of money. Instead they blew it on this lemon.
It remains to be seen what the fate of some of the other Acclaim games will be. Bots is finished, newer brawlers like Cosmic Break have made it obsolete. Dance Online seems like a viable game, but there are already several free to play dancing games including Audition Online, and ShowUp.
Were you a player in any of Acclaim’s games? Was this sudden shut down a shock? Share your thoughts below.
We regret to inform you that all Acclaim games will no longer be in service effective August 26, 2010
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