Cryptic Studios is hopefully standing on its last leg. My opinion of the company is extraordinarily low. I think they’re responsible for creating two major flops released in the past few years. They’re also responsible for proliferating the copy/paste model known as the ‘Cryptic Model’, thus promoting stagnation, and completely neglecting very fundamental MMO concepts. I cringed when I heard they were touching Neverwinter and I honestly hope that this whole thing ends with them closing shop. Know that I am speaking mostly to the company identity more than individuals, aside from a few top executives (Jack Emmert) at Cryptic who are likely responsible for their company’s image.
It’s long past due for some of these companies pumping out mediocre products to close. It’s terrible when people lose jobs, which should go without saying, but I find it equally terrible to see what has happened over the last decade to MMO’s. I just hope that when Cryptic inevitably one day actually closes (instead of being sold) that its methodology and philosophy die along with it. Harsh, but I prefer quality.
Bets on who buys them? I’m thinking SoE, but it’s a long shot.