Is Cube World Developer Wollay Missing or Dead?
A few months ago, all the indie game world was just on fire with anticipation for Cube World. The excitement only seemed to be compounded by the technical issues with the site. The inability to purchase only fueled the desire for the game. Finally, even I was able to create an account and toss Wollay and Picroma my hard earned money. Finally, I was able to play.
Bugs that Bug Us
I will admit I was slightly frustrated when I did start playing, as my computer kept getting what I call the Blue Screen of Drink – mostly because I decided to drink every time I got stuck waiting for the screen to load. Of course, this was before I was able to upgrade my computer, so it did get better.
It was very hard to get a multi-player game together, and problems continued to plague the site with sales and account creation hampered by a possible DoDS attack.
So Much Potential – So Little News
In the case of Cube World, the opposite is true. As of the writing of this article there has been some pretty apparent silence.
The Picroma site hasn’t been updated since July 6, 2013 – and the last post was in reference to the sites continued downtime. Nothing since to address if the issues are resolved.
Wollay’s development blog, which was noted as being somewhat abandoned after Picroma launched, hasn’t been touched since June 8, 2013.
Wollay’s last tweet was in August (@wol_lay) and the last mention of the Cube World issues (or the game for that matter) was July 13.
Wollay missing entirely from the internet has raised concerns from fans of the game.
Fans Resort to Forums with Frustrations
No one seems to know whats going on, but opinions vary wildly. Therories range from Wollay’s untimely death, to his taking the money earned and running off to an island. Some long time fans say that this occasional absence is nothing new.
You can read what fans have been saying on the Cube World forum here:
Now that might be a bit of hyperbole, but really, as fans of a game, do we have a right to expect updates? Communication from the developer? Or does the developer have the right to take a break and perhaps work on the game in silence? Please comment with your thoughts, and Wollay, if you are out there, let us know!
Wollay Missing UPDATE: 10/20/2013
Wollay is alive and working on Cube World, or someone has hacked his Twitter. But here it is:
Mandi took a break from updating and maintaining the site for a while, but for the best of reasons.Beetlebear and Mandi are the proud parents of one beautiful little girl.