Gods & Heroes Development Halted – Developers Let Go
Heatwave Intertactive has stuggled with their MMO Gods & Heroes since launch and late last year they announced that subscriptions would stop. We spoke to Heatwave last year about the future of the MMO and they told us then that they were looking for additional funding to keep the game alive. Since then they have been rather quiet but in a letter to the community today they have come out and stated that the game, as it currrently stands, is on complete hold with no further development and most of the development team has been let go. The letter cuts through the BS and explains the current situation.
Since last August, the executive team has been in discussions with a variety of partners to find a way to bring additional funding and support to the project to do what really needs to be done to bring the game to a successful free-2-play launch. This is a multi-million dollar effort that involves improving the overall gameplay (combat, interface, etc…) as well as PvP and significant content updates beyond those already discussed. Those talks continue with a few parties, but no definitive agreement has yet been made.
To be honest, I’ve driven the company to the brink several times in an effort to keep the team together and to keep Gods and Heroes operating. However, at the end of 2011, it was clear that we would either have to let the team go, or find another way to keep them around. So, in order to keep the game alive and have a real chance at getting the free 2 play effort funded, we’ve reassigned the majority of the development team to new projects and made the service free for everyone.
The game will have to remain in this state until we find further funding. I hope my honesty and transparency about what has been going on with G&H communicates our commitment and belief in the project.