A Massively OP reader has tipped us off to trouble brewing over in TheWorld, an ultra-indie MMORPG we’ve never before covered. Staff and moderators working on the game have raised the alarm that the lead developer — and the man holding the keys to the website, latest code, servers, and $20,000 in player donations — has seemingly been MIA since early November.
“I’m pretty sure I know where Sieg is at the moment, and why he suddenly vanished,” wrote TheWorld dev Aryth. “For his privacy, I won’t divulge where, but he will definitely be back. Whether or not he will want to continue the project after this episode is another question entirely. So, even though he pops in and out, this project is still in limbo. Please do not get unnecessarily hopeful in his return until he himself posts something or we post something on his behalf. Thanks!”
World Director Keramory told players that the staff would try to salvage the game and that they were confident the game’s funds had been been swindled. “In short we’re scrambling to figure out what we can do from here. People have been in the dark because we too, have been in the dark for most of this.”
Donations for the game have apparently also been suspended. The website’s last big update was in September of last year and included this video.
Hello everyone, I’d like to let you know that I am not dead, nor have I left the project behind. For reasons I’ll explain in a later announcement I haven’t been around, or had reliable access to a computer for a while. Fortunately I have access now, and I’m in the process of getting all my stuff set back up so that I can get back to work on the game. I am going over the backlog of messages and posts I’ve gotten since I’ve been gone, now. So don’t be too surprised if you get a reply to an old pm. Some small points I’d like to make: I quickly suspended the donations because I was going to be unable to offer support, manage the servers, accounts, or add anything to the game while I was gone. Donations will likely return to normal once I have all my equipment set back up. This is also the reason I delayed switching to Patreon.
With thanks to Max and our anon tipsters.