Assumptions. Jumping to conclusions. Spinning round and round and then blindly pointing at a map. Let's take a stab at it!
My blog stats page has just recently shown a number of hits coming from Square Enix.
The referral for these hits is a Google Japan search for "Spacetime Studios".
That's the Square Enix that announced it is looking for a North American publishing partner and is looking to expand its presence in MMOs.
That's the Spacetime Studios that had its MMO project "Blackstar" dumped by publisher NCSoft earlier this year.
Now, what's an alternative to spending 5 years development time and tens of millions of your own money on an MMO, and then having to localize and market it for the North American market? Pick up and publish a MMO already built for the North American market.
And what's the very first step made in a due diligence before you end up flying out to the studio to freak out management staff and check under the carpet? Gathering data about the studio from the interwebs via our information overlord, Google.
Success! Rumor complete!
Feel free to add your own additions. Bonus points will be awarded to anyone that can link the rumor to it having something to do with Shadowbane.
Oh, and Square Enix, about that aforementioned Gamespot article...
company is also looking to expand its presence in casual games and in massively
multiplayer online role playing games, which generate ongoing revenue via
You could easily have some more subscriptions if your resubscription process wasn't so silly. This post accounts for half of my page hits even to this day. It even outnumbers the pr0n searches.