autoassault.jpgAuto Assault fans (all 12 of them) will be crying into their oily rags on August 31, when the game’s servers are finally turned off and the engines fall silent forever. In a statement NC Soft said:

NOTICE: Today NCsoft is announcing that it will be closing down service for Auto Assault at the end of the summer. The service will close at midnight on August 31, 2007. As of today, any player currently in the service with an active billed account will not be billed again. If players have previously purchased time via multi-month billing or time cards that extends their service past July 31, NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately. There will be more announcements coming soon regarding the shut down of Auto Assault and its impact on current accounts.

Its hard to say that this wasn’t inevitable, maybe if it was a better game with a little more depth it might have survived, but as it was it just wasn’t that good a game. I played a trial about 6 months ago and while it looked good on paper there just wasn’t enough variety to keep me interested. Drive, shoot, explode, drive, shoot some more, explode again, and so on. An MMO Mad Max would make a nice change from the fantasies that dominate the genre, unfortuantely Auto Assault wasn’t it. (From CVG.)

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