Yesterday we report that Crowd was purchased by the indie game studio Mighty, developed the game Mythgard. ArtCraft plans to move on to other projects and it will no longer be tied to the development of Crowd, but that didn’t stop founder, J. Todd Coleman, from giving a bit of history about the project and what led to the sale to Monumental.
Todd Coleman begins Blog outline the similarities between the development of Crowd and his previous game, Shadowbane, a game published in 2003 by Ubisoft, and closed in 2009 was only revived when a Chinese company Changyou acquired the source code and reopen the game. Story about Shadowbane and his introduction to fellow developer and reviewer Monty Kerr, essentially the premise for what would end up selling Crowd.
Of course, the devil is in the details. After the official debut Crowded, the number of players started to dwindle as we reported at the time. Kerr reached out to Coleman to look into specific points of the game that he believes could have been made better, but the lack of resources to make any positive changes at the time would have prevented him from doing so. the team that develops the game into the best version of themselves. At that point, Kerr made an offer, and the ArtCraft board accepted. ArtCraft will now be split, with some groups heading to Monumental to continue their work on the game.
“ArtCraft Company is being split in the middle. Gordon and Blair and the Crowfall team will join Monumental. Josef and I will be working on a new game (we started with completely separate funding, by the way) and keep the newer people already hired for that project.”
– J. Todd Coleman, Founder of ArtCraft Entertainment
Coleman says he’s happy Kerr can take the reins and that Crowd will live on. The blog then ends with a statement from Kerr himself, as he details his love for Crowd and Shadowbane before it. He was quick to point out that he liked the idea of Crowd and he intends to complete and expand the game as it continues to develop. Although we cannot say explicitly that this will change the trajectory of the way CrowdThe game’s popularity has been waning in recent months, we expect to see Monumental’s new vision as the game matures throughout 2022.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/crowfall-founder-gives-insight-into-sale-in-latest-blog-post-2000123904 Crowfall Founder Offers Sales Insights in Latest Blog Post