Auran's struggling MMO Fury has finally run out of steam and will be permanently switched off tomorrow night.
Gamecock and Auran's online multiplayer game Fury will become free to download as well as free to play following a 14th December content update.
In this state, players will be able to enter all game-types, equip all weapons and unlock all 400 abilities but without having to shell out for the game in the first place.
Previously there was a free-to-play option, but only after you'd bought the game, obviously.
Auran Games has stuck a much-needed plaster over some of Fury's gaping wounds.
"fury; noun (pl. -ries); wild or violent anger, a surge of violent anger or other feeling; violence or energy displayed in natural phenomena or in someone's actions."
Okay, we all knew that one. However, anyone without a decent Classics education might have missed this one...
"Fury; noun (pl. -ries); In Greek Mythology, a spirit of punishment, often represented as one of three goddesses who executed the curses pronounced upon criminals, tortured the guilty with stings of conscience, and inflicted famines and pestilences."
Codemasters has revealed its line-up of games for the Leipzig Games Convention 2007.
Codemasters Online Gaming has announced a new competition for Fury this afternoon, in an effort to give us all a taster of the competitive gameplay.
Players of upcoming PvP MMO Fury will be able to play for free or pay a monthly fee of USD 9.95 to retain "Immortal" status, which grants players a number of benefits.
Developer Auran Games is keen to emphasise that once you've paid your money at retail or online this October, you'll be able to access the game free, with regular free content updates, and none of the most powerful items or abilities will be off-limits to you.
However, once your initial month as an Immortal is up, you'll revert to Hero status unless you pay a subscription fee.
Codemasters Online Gaming has announced it will be dishing out action MMO Fury across Europe in October.
Australian outfit Auran Games is unleashing its Fury this week. In the form of a closed beta test.
Things should get under way at around 3pm PST on Friday, according to the game's website, which is around 11pm UK time. You can sign up now, but remember there's only a limited amount of spaces.
Fury is an MMO attempting to do away with the familiar grinding template. There's no slaughtering hordes of rats to gain levels, for instance, or endless grinding for elusive pieces of equipment. Instead it's all based around the fast-paced world of player-versus-player combat.
Last week, former Gathering of Developers executives Mike Wilson and Harry Miller launched Gamecock, an independent game publishing label determined to bring about change in an industry that is, in their words, "bloated and originality-starved".
Gamecock plunged into the headlines yesterday by promising to take a firm stand against the originality-starved elements of the games industry. Its solution was simple: stick up for the the innovative and experimental developer.
Brilliantly named independent publisher Gamecock Media Group announced its existence today, promising to take its lead from the independent film movement with methods that aim to tackle industry stagnation.
Gamecock (as in, rooster) has been set up by Mike Wilson and Harry Miller, whose names you might remember from the days of Gathering of Developers (G.O.D.), and it's already signed up a range of console, PC and handheld games including one from former Bungie man Alex Seropian.
That game is called Hail To The Chimp, and is due out from Seropian's Wideload Games next spring on next-gen consoles. It's an "impossible-to-classify party game based on politics in the animal kingdom". Seropian reckons that Wilson and Miller's publishing abilities will put Gamecock (and Wideload, obviously) in good stead.