FASA, as a (paper) game-producing company, ceased operations in 2001, although they continue to hold rights to their games for leasing purposes. Now, FASA Studios, developers of the online Shadowrun game, has closed its doors.

According to the post on the official forums, yesterday was the last day of business, and many of the staff have gone on to other positions at Microsoft. However, a couple of people will still be around to support the game so long as people are playing it.

It’s evident that Shadowrun as an online game was less than successful. Never having played it, I can’t comment on the quality of the game itself, although there were many negative posts around the ‘net from Shadowrun fans (similar to what’s happening now with Fallout 3). I gathered at the time that SR was being produced more as a shooter than as an RPG.

What surprised me most, though, was learning that the original FASA wasn’t in business anymore, and hadn’t been for a long time. Just shows how out of the FtF market I am these days.

This is all very sad. I have the original SR rules, and thought it was a good system. Played a little of it, too (FtF, natch). Would be nice if someone could make a decent computer game out of it. But that’s not likely now, alas.

FASA Studios Closes on official forums