1000-Player Battle Royale Game, Mavericks: Proving Grounds, Has Been Cancelled

Automaton Games, the developers behind the incredibly ambitious battle royale game, Mavericks: Proving Grounds, has fallen into insolvency.

Mavericks: Proving Grounds was first shown off to the world back in 2017 under the title, Project X, and boasted the capabilities of supporting up to 1000 players at a time, with a battle royale mode supporting up to 400 players per match.

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The news comes just a week after Automaton released a new patch and began a new alpha testing session for the game.

Over on the Automaton website a new message reads: “Paul Cooper and Paul Appleton were appointed joint administrators of Automaton Games Limited on 30th July 2019. They are managing the affairs, business and property of the company. The joint administrators act as agents of the company and act without personal liability. Paul Cooper and Paul Appleton are licensed to act as insolvency practitioners in UK by the ICAEW,

“Please be advised that due to insufficient funding, the development of the Mavericks: Proving Grounds game has now ceased. The joint administrators are in the process of licensing the Deceit game so there will be no change in the live operation and provision of this game.”

Hopefully the project will be picked up by another studio, but if not it’s bad news for both the fans and the developers involved in the game.

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Automaton says on its website: “Our focus is pushing the boundaries of massively multiplayer online experiences. Automaton’s expert teams and scientific development methodology are focused on creating unprecedented online games and virtual worlds.”

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It’s not yet clear what will happen to the players who purchased the game, and whether or not a refund will be issued.

Hopefully the developers find a new home for their talents sooner rather than later.

Featured Image Credit: Automaton Games