Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Farewell FASA

It's official. FASA Studios has closed its doors and all its workers have moved on.

The rumors have been circulating for months, but today the announcement was made that FASA Studios has dissolved. FASA Studios was purchased by Microsoft back in 2004. About half of the FASA Studios workers have been assigned new positions within Microsoft.

FASA has been around since 1980, originally being a publishing house in Chicago of pen and paper roleplaying games like Battletech, Shadowrun, Star Trek RPG and Earthdawn. They were also early computer game creaters, responsible for the MechWarrior series and later the Crimson Skies series.

There will still be Community Manager and Technical Support Manager on the job to help those still playing Shadowrun for the PC and Xbox 360, but everyone else is gone.

The announcement was made on the Shadowrun forums. The news apparently hasn't hit FASA studio's homepage where they still have six job openings...


Thunderpudd said...

wow, this is really kind of sad. what's also sad is that i used to play most of those pen and paper games mentioned as a teen, not the star trek one though, that one is for nerds.

Jigsaw hc said...

crap. guess there will not be any more maps coming out then. it is really to bad. despite the bad reviews and people mad it is not an RPG the game is really fun to play.

Jester013 said...

I used to play pen and paper Shadowrun, and it was a lot of fun.

I was disappointed the Shadowrun game for 360 and PC wasn't an RPG, but I do enjoy the FPS they made with it.

I always thought Shadowrun would make a good MMORPG, but I guess that'll never come to pass now.