Neverwinter Nights developer shuts down

Neverwinter Nights developer shuts down

The original Neverwinter Nights may not have been graphically stunning, but was very important.

The developer of Neverwinter Nights has officially shut up shop - but don't worry, it isn't the Neverwinter Nights you're thinking of. This is Stormfront Studios, not BioWare.

Stormfront Studios was originally founded in 1988 under the name of Beyond Studios and worked on a whole slew of popular RPGs, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the original Neverwinter Nights. The company even developed the first ever play-by-email game in the form of Quantum Space, which was distributed by AOL.

The original Neverwinter Nights is held up by many as the first ever graphical massively multiplayer online game and was recently honoured at CES 2008.

The developer had fallen on hard times recently however and was more well known for film tie-ins such as the Eragon and Spiderwick Chronicles games.

All 33 Stormfront employees were informed of the closure on Monday according to news from The reasons for the closure were given as a problem with the economy and slowed revenue on current projects.

Honestly, it seems that too many developers are shutting right now, so take a moment to honour the dead in the forums.


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GreatOldOne 2nd April 2008, 12:59 Quote
Never played the original NWN, but god that looks like Pools of Radiance (Which I played to death as a kid). Same Developer?
CardJoe 2nd April 2008, 13:48 Quote
I believe so, yeah.
sotu1 2nd April 2008, 14:16 Quote
it's a shame they've gone, but tbh i couldnt stand nwn. not my kinda game.
Tyinsar 3rd April 2008, 02:05 Quote
Like GreatOldOne I remember playing (and really enjoying) Pool of Radiance as well as Curse of the Azure Bonds (so much so that I figured out how to duplicate items in save game files and played them through several times) but a quick search shows those as being by SSI

Edit: A deeper look shows they worked together.

Sad but life must move on.
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