Tabula Rasa

Aside from sounding like a Moroccan dish, the scale of the financial catastrophe that is Tabula Rasa caused some eyebrow raising at GDC. A net loss of $95m or so is rumored so far and the payback horizon looks bleek to say the least. Frankly, two things surprise me about this: Firstly, that so much money was sunk into a new an unproven IP before launch (I know Lord British has a reputation – but that much of a reputation?); and second, that it was pushed onto the market clearly before it was ready and as such has tanked. I am not sure whether it represents poor financial management; poor game development process or just a strange lack of judgement,  but whatever it is NC Soft has dealt its own reputation some damage here.

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