Despite layoffs at Petroglyph Games recently, the development of the online strategy game End of Nations will continue, but under a new developer. Trion Worlds, originally the publisher of End of Nations, will be bringing the game in-house for the rest of its lifespan. Trion's team is already well experienced with development as the creators of the MMO Rift, so fans anticipating End of Nations release should keep heart.
A message published in the community from the End of Nations team stated the following:
"In light of the recent announcement around postponement of the End of Nations open beta, we wanted to let you know what we have been hard at work getting End of Nations to the quality level it needs to be at. We are committed to delivering the top-notch product we know this game can be, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back into the testing phase of the game to help get it there.
To give you a little sneak peek into what we are working on, some of the changes you’ll notice will include improvements that ease the learning curve for new players, a revamped UI system, advancements in player strategy, and most importantly a more polished overall game."
The statement went on to confirm that the project had been brought in-house to be worked on by Trion Worlds internally, but made no mention of whether Petroglyph was still involved.
Preorders for End of Nations have since been refunded, but a community representative has assured players that the game has not been canceled. Either way, the game has been delayed into 2013, including an indefinite delay on the open beta that was originally scheduled to begin soon.
We wish the best to all of those who worked at Petroglyph and are now looking for new jobs. Hopefully you'll find a new studio to call home soon.