Long-in-development MMOs will now never see the light of day.
For those of you out there who remembered that there was both a Firefly and Buffy MMO in development, I'm sorry to say that the studio building these games, Multiverse, has closed its doors. Citing a lack of profitability, the studio actually ceased operations back in December, making it official this week with a post on their page. And somewhere a Joss Whedon fan forum wheeps, I guess.
The MMOs were apparently a sideline, with their real focus on developing their Multiverse Platform, effectively a development tool to enable easier development of web-based games.
Here's a little snapshot of their mission and history:
In 2008, Multiverse extended its platform to support the creation of web-based games and virtual worlds. As a proof of concept, the company released Battle, Team Battle, and Battle: Realms at War on Facebook and other Flash game portals. Multiverse also created promotional games for McDonalds and CocaCola to support the release of the Avatar motion picture in December 2009.
They've actually made their tools available for would-be developers over on Source Forge, so if you're looking to partner up with your buddies and make your own MMO, well, get at 'em.
Best of luck to the members of the Multiverse team looking for their next gig.