Project Copernicus was in trouble long before its $75M loan

    
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The lengthy post-mortem of Project Copernicus and 38 Studios never seems to end, does it? While the answer to “What went wrong?” is multi-faceted at the very least, a new report floating around shows that there were serious red flags about the studio’s ability to pull off a project of this scope well in advance of the studio’s collapse.

Apparently the Rhode Island Economic Development Corportation contracted IBM to do an assessment of 38 Studios prior to the EDC granting the infamous $75 million loan. While the assessment showed many strengths, there were also at least 19 concerns listed. These include confusion over a unified vision, no economics team, decisions being made in a vacuum, goals that were too large, and “opaque financial communications.”

Considering that running out of funds tanked the project, this last mention is particularly damning.

Source: Deadspin. Thanks to Squidgod200 for the tip!
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jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

TheChiefTurtle I don’t Daybreak is allowed to spend any money. They probabaly need approval from 37 different people to buy a cup of coffee.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

I could make a pretty nice MMO for $75 million.   I’d not make the mistake of trying to cram in too much content at launch.   Just make sure the premise and mechanics were solid and fun. 
I’d also concentrate on the little things that keep people in the game.   Put a wedding dress in your shop or let people make them, voila, you will have weddings, roleplay, life will blossom.    I would NOT skimp on the socials or QOL stuff.    Combat and questing would be just “something else you can do” in my world.   Not all you do.

kimowar
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kimowar

and to think, if they just came to us we could have solved all the problems……

mmofallout
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mmofallout

Damonvile Yep. Why buy the Kingdoms of Amalur IP when you can probably hire R.A. Salvatore to come up with a new one along the same lines for cheaper? It’s not like the lore was around long enough to gather a following.

mmonerd
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mmonerd

hey what about strength IBM mention ?

mmonerd
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mmonerd

MikedotFoster Ouch !

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

There are some absolutely damning quotes in the document trove, which are listed in that Deadspin post. This one, for instance, is rouuuuuugh:
“Major functional requirements are being deferred to non-existent organizations within 38 Studios.”

Taxpayers got burned on that one.

blueimpact
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blueimpact

MesaSage You shouldn’t. It wasn’t a bad premise or framework. Just too ambitious for the resources and planning.

wjowski
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wjowski

Kysera 
Kingdoms of Amalur was basically a finished game by the time Schilling’s Folly snatched it up.  All they did was file off the serial numbers.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

The people who own the ip think it’s still worth many times what anyone would pay to develop it.