tabula rasa

Official Site: Tabula Rasa (Wikipedia)
Studio: NCsoft
Launch Date: November 2, 2007
Sunset Date: February 28, 2009
Genre: Sci-Fi MMOFPS Sandbox
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC

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