In an official announcement on the MMO Tabula Rasa's website, Richard Garriott has made it known he's quitting the publisher to pursue "some new interests".
Recently he blasted off into space to visit the International Space station, fulfilling one of his lifelong goals. Apparently all that orbital sightseeing has altered his priorities.
With Operation Immortality complete -- that's the one where gamers get their DNA 'immortalized' as digital data beamed into deep space -- could the end by nigh for Tabula Rasa? The MMO was Garriott's focus but he's gone and had a life changing experience, how selfish. Well good luck in your mysterious new interests Richard.
Read below for Richard Garriott's open letter to gamers and fans.
Fellow Soldiers of the AFS,
I am happy to finally be able to write the players and community of Tabula Rasa. We've been on quite a journey together. First in creating a game unlike any other on the MMO market, then growing a loyal community and finally launching the game and its players into space with Operation Immortality. It has been quite an unforgettable journey, one that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
I am very grateful to you loyal players for sticking around through what I think we can all honestly say was a rough launch. I thank the development team for pushing hard to get polish, updates and new content out every month since launch...a feat that I think is unusual in MMO development. They have a lot to be proud of.
Many of you probably wonder what my plans are, now that I have achieved the lifelong dream of going to space. Well, that unforgettable experience has sparked some new interests that I would like to devote my time and resources to. As such, I am leaving NCsoft to pursue those interests.
This news is difficult for me to deliver. I am honored to have worked with the team I've had and I'm grateful to the community who makes this game so unique and fun.
Thank you and farewell.
Richard "General British" Garriott