1000 Player Battle Royale Mavericks: Proving Grounds Has Been Cancelled

Automaton Games
Mavericks: Proving Grounds was a viral hit when it was first announced back in 2017, establishing itself as a 1,000 player tactical shooter at a time when battle royale games were really starting to take off in a big way. 
We spoke to UK developer Automaton Games at GDC 2018 and managed to play a (very) early build of the game. It was clear that the passionate team had incredibly high hopes for the project, promising fully destructible environments, a 400 player PvP mode, a massive 12km by 12km map, a dynamic weather system, and more all powered by SpatialOS.
While we had our doubts, it all seemed incredibly ambitious – maybe a little too ambitious. In spite of this, there was reason enough to be excited.
Automaton Games
Unfortunately, we’ll never know if Mavericks was capable of delivering on the ambitious promises made by Automaton, as the developer has now announced that it’s fallen into insolvency and halted all work on the project as a result.
A statement on the Automaton website reads:
Please be advised that due to insufficient funding, the development of the Mavericks: Proving Grounds game has now ceased. The joint administrators are in the process of licensing the Deceit game so there will be no change in the live operation and provision of this game.
Automaton released a new patch and kicked off a new alpha testing session for Mavericks last week, so it’s genuinely surprising and more than a little disappointing to see what could have been an incredible game cut down before it had a chance to get going.
It’s unclear whether or not Mavericks could live on under another developer, but I’d imagine such a decision would be based on multiple factors, including who legally owns the rights to the game and whether or not it makes financial sense to continue funding the project.

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Wednesday July 31, 2019

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Mavericks Proving Grounds Developer Interview
Mavericks is so much more than another "battle royale"
Posted by UNILAD Gaming on Saturday, June 30, 2018

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Wednesday July 31, 2019

PA/Mifflin Police Dept. A woman who was accused of urinating on potatoes in Walmart has turned herself in to the police.  The suspect, identified as Grace Brown, reportedly came forward on Tuesday (July 30) after West Mifflin Police posted surveillance photos on their Twitter account showing her in the Walmart in western Pennsylvania, USA. Police … "Woman Who Urinated On Potatoes In Walmart Has Turned Herself In"

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Mavericks is actually the second MMO powered by SpatialOS to shut down this year. Worlds Adrift, an ambitious fantasy airship sandbox game from Bossa Studios closed its doors in May following a fairly muted response from players.
Meanwhile, Midwinter Entertainment is using SpatialOS to develop its promising “co-opetition” title Scavengers. The developer is currently on track for the scheduled playtests later this year, so hopefully it can avoid the same fate as Mavericks and Worlds Adrift.
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The Last Of Us Part 2 Is Naughty Dog’s ‘Most Ambitious’ Game To Date, Says Troy Baker
Wednesday July 31, 2019

Naughty Dog The Last of Us Part 2 is a game that doesn’t really need any kind of hype or fanfare at all. The upcoming sequel to Naughty Dog’s gruelling, dramatic, and critically-acclaimed 2013 adventure is one fans have been waiting for for a long time now.  Since being announced back in 2016, we really haven’t … "The Last Of Us Part 2 Is Naughty Dog’s ‘Most Ambitious’ Game To Date, Says Troy Baker"

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