After the collapse of 38 Studios, information regarding Copernicus (the MMO project which caused the company’s implosion) has continued to pop up. It was recently just revealed that the game was going to be free-to-play, which is somewhat surprising given how beautiful the game looked in footage that we had seen.
“We were going to be the first triple-A, hundred-million-dollar-plus, free-to-play, micro-transaction-based MMO,” Schilling said in an interview with Boston Magazine. “That was one of our big secrets.”
Schilling apparently believed that Copernicus would have been the greatest MMO ever, describing it as an “atom bomb” which would have “shocked the world.” He mentioned that the free-to-play business model that they had in mind for the game was its largest selling point in negotiations with potential investors, and he blamed the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, for ruining it all.
Source: Boston Magazine