Tiny MMO Book Of Travels devs lay off staff after rocky launch

ByJose A. York

Dec 22, 2021

Book Of Travels is what developers Might And Delight call a TMORPG – a “small” multiplayer online role-playing game, as opposed to a “massive” one. It’s a gorgeous adventure that released in early access in October, but unfortunately the launch didn’t go as well as the developers had hoped. Yesterday they announced that they had to lay off around 25 employees to keep the studio running. They add that development will continue, albeit at an understandably slower pace.

“Considering the launch not going as well as we hoped, we had to make some pretty significant and difficult cuts to our beloved team,” Powerful and delight to say. “In order to stay alive, we have been forced to reduce our team from approximately 35 people to 10 people. our toughest test in our 11-year history.

“We have suffered a setback and as a result the pace of production of upcoming content WILL be affected. We want to be transparent about this. However, we also want you to know that the remaining team is single-minded and determined. things: to survive and bring the best possible content to the game. We will do whatever it takes to keep Book of Travels going, and keep pushing it and the company forward with you.

It’s always a bit heartbreaking to hear a small but lovely game like Book Of Travels and its developers struggle. Lauren Morton was a big fan of the little MMO and thought it might boost her confidence in the genre after interviewing creative director Jakob Tuchten.

“Book Of Travels is rather shy, luring me in with myriad possible secrets that I have yet to unlock,” she wrote. “As a former resident of Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, The Elder Scrolls Online and a brief vacationer from Final Fantasy XIV and Black Desert, it’s the unknown that draws me in.

“I believe Tuchten understands, and maybe understands, why I broke up with MMOs, which is why I have faith (and even ten hours later still have faith) that Book Of Travels is the game I’ve been waiting for.”

If you want to help the studio stay afloat, you can buy Book Of Travels on Steam for £24/€25/$30. Might And Delight also released a DLC named Cup Of Kindness it doesn’t give you anything, but acts as a small donation to the developers. It’s only £2 / $2 / €2 and a great way to support them if you’re enjoying the game so far.