Not terribly MMO-related, but it’s a pretty big story anyway. Steve Gibson over at Shacknews reported today that Eidos was closing down the House of Romero, Ion Storm, after shoving long-awaited RPG Anachronox out the door.
Ion Storm’s publicity machine went into overdrive sort-of kinda-denying it, and even Stevie “Killcreek” Case posted to the Shacknews thread complaining that “fact checking was overrated”. Missing from all the PR was an actual clear statement that, no, a lot of people in Dallas were not going to be looking for work tomorrow. Adrenaline Vault, another general gaming news site, revised their news story on the subject several times, once posting that “John Romero confirmed that Eidos is shutting them down, but no date was set and Anachronox did not go gold yet” and finally coming up with “none of it is true, according to Ion Storm“.
About the only thing not disputed: Ion Storm Austin is unaffected by all this, and work on Deus Ex 2 and Theif 3 continues. Woo hoo!