The rumors of the death of FreeLancer may be premature.
The rumors of the death of Digital Anvil are confirmed.
Bluesnews is reporting that Microsoft has purchased Digital Anvil, the company created by Chris Roberts after a departure from Origin Systems. From the official Microsoft press release,
Roberts will, however, continue to work with Digital Anvil through the completion of “FreeLancer.” Serving as creative consultant, he will continue to craft the game’s intricate storyline and serve as an adviser to the development team.
The actual press release, courtesy of BluesNews can be found here