Windstorm Studios founder Dusty Monk has told IncGamers that the team is not currently working on the previously-mentioned MMO.
Back when by ex-Ensemble developer Dusty Monk, the company’s website stated that the team was working on “an online game unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”Monk recently revealed exclusively to IncGamers that the MMO is currently on the back-burner, with the team instead focusing on a single-player RPG based in the same retro-futuristic world – for the time being.”The plan of attack right now is to go forward with a smaller single-player game, and get that out there for people to start playing,” Monk told us. “This will serve as sort of an introduction to the world that we want to build.”The reasoning behind this is, in part, down to publisher reluctance to commit to an unproven company.”I shopped the prototype to a number of different publishers, both international and within the States,” explained Monk, regarding the MMO. “All of them have, without a doubt, said ‘We love the idea, love the project, but we’re just not ready to go forward yet – and part of the problem is that we’re just not sure that there’s enough of a real company here.’ And I get that; I can sort of relate to that.”Monk noted that, considering the situation, he took inspiration from Torchlight developers Runic Games.”They put that game out there, and they put it on Steam for $20 USD a copy, and they did really well. And they’re using that game to fund an MMO!”Windstorm Studios’ single-player project is very, very tentatively scheduled for the end of the year, and chances are good that it’ll be available primarily through digital distribution networks.Stay tuned for our full interview with Windstorm president and founder Dusty Monk for more news on Windstorm and the titles it’s working on, details on the Ensemble Studios closure, and a whole lot more you might not be expecting.