Yesterday we reported that Crowfall was purchased by independent game studio Monumental, which developed the game Mythgard. ArtCraft plans to move on to other projects, and it will no longer be associated with the development of Crowfall, but that didn’t stop founder, J. Todd Coleman from giving a little background on the project, and what led to the sale to Monumental.
Todd Coleman began his blog by describing the parallels between the development of Crowfall and his previous game, Scourge of Shadows, a game that was released in 2003 by Ubisoft, and closed in 2009 only to be resurrected when a Chinese company Changyou acquired the source code and reopened the game. Scourge of Shadows and his introduction with fellow developer and reviewer Monty Kerr, was essentially the forerunner of what would end with the sale of Crowfall.
The devil, of course, is in the details. After the official launch of Crowfall, the number of players started to decline as we reported at the time. Kerr reached out to Coleman to go over specific points of the game that he believes could be improved upon, but the lack of resources to implement positive change at this point would prevent the team from developing the game to be. the best version of herself. That’s when Kerr made an offer and ArtCraft’s board of directors agreed. ArtCraft will now be split, with part of the team traveling to Monumental to continue their work on the game.
“The company that used to be ArtCraft is being split in two. Gordon, Blair and the Crowfall team will join Monumental. Josef and I are going to be working on a new game (which we started with completely separate funding, by the way) and keeping the new people who were hired for this project.”
-J. Todd Coleman, Founder of ArtCraft Entertainment
Coleman says he’s happy Kerr is able to take the reins and that Crowfall will live. The blog then ends with a statement from Kerr himself, as he details his love for Crowfall and Scourge of Shadows before that. He is quick to point out that he likes the idea of Crowfall and that he intends to complete and expand the game as development continues. While we can’t say unequivocally that this will change the trajectory of how CrowfallThe popularity of has waned in recent months, we hope to see a new take on Monumental, as the game matures throughout 2022.