I’m being slowpoke again.
That being said, it’s still a pile of horseapples. Long story short, Smilegate (South Korean publisher who funded the game) pulled all the money (and IP) away in September, 2017, leaving Radiant Worlds (actual developer from UK) out to dry.
Some speculate that Smilegate intends to ship SkySaga for SK market themselves. Others point out that developing SkySaga for 4 years may count as an “Early access hell”, and Smilegate decided to cut the losses.
Still makes me wonder. Developing MMORPG is a huge task. Hell, developing WoW took at least 3 years, and Blizzard was way bigger than Radiant Worlds even then. Plus, considering RW finished their Open Alpha mid-summer and were preparing to shift for Beta stage, cancelling seemed especially out of place. They were getting to the really good part, too, with adding wiring and technology (think Minecraft) to the game.
All and all, I’m glad Rebellion bought Radiant Worlds in January. While Rebellion is mostly known for Sniper Elite series which has nothing in common with SkySaga (not to mention completely uninteresting for me), at least those cool people kept their jobs. I’m also glad I spent two months in Alpha 7, even if that meant using proxy every time I logged in. SkySaga was probably the biggest inspiration for my small lantern mod. Maybe @Allie can take some inspiration from what’s left of it, too.
At the end of the day, I can all but hope that Stonehearth from RD won’t share the same fate.