An MMORPG company which accidentally deleted its MMORPG during server maintenance has announced it has no choice but to shut the game down.
Japanese game developer Sankando and game operator Hangame had to make what must be the worst announcement (at least of those not pertaining to FFXIV) in MMORPG history with regards to their “M2” title:
There is something we must inform our valued customers of.
On the 21st of October, 2011, at 20:00, we undertook emergency maintenance on the server due to a critical issue.
Service was to resume promptly, but work performed by Sankando could not restore the game’s data. It is tremendously regrettable, but unfortunately we have no choice but to end service.
Thank you all for enjoying M2 for so long! Our heartfelt apologies for it having turned out like this.
It is not clear how many players are affected, and the extent of the operator’s backup precautions is not known either. The game was based on item charges – some conditional refunds have been announced.
With billions of dollars of virtual “property” now lodged on game servers the world over, the prospect of server problems now seems to offer a novel form of financial chaos capable of bankrupting millions – not that this is much different to what happens daily on the markets.