Thursday, July 12, 2012

All Good Things…

…must come to an end.

Two days ago I received a phone call from FFG, and it was like someone had told me an old friend was dying. Steve from FFG told me that the development for Tannhauser would be halted. And while my heart sank, could not help but think, “I knew this was coming.” In fact I predicted as much on May 10th (see "In Limbo..."). However, I couldn’t tell any of you guys till the official announcement was made.

Well it was announced today that Tannhauser would be no longer developed by FFG.

What does this mean?

Well it means that after October or so when the Frankenstahl  (item TH23) is released; he will be the last official release for the foreseeable future. Tannhauser will remain in print, and FFG will continue to provide support for the product: maintaining the forums, customer service, etc. But no more characters or expansion will be developed.

Does this mean the end of the Tannhauser Blog?

No. The Blog will continue and I will continue to develop custom content, and post fan submissions whenever possible. In fact I feel the custom community is more important then ever, without new official content, it’s up to the community to keep this game alive, and to show FFG that we’ll still be here if they decide to bring Tannhauser back.

Will Tannhauser come back?

Well I think that’s up to us. While FFG cannot comment on this right now, the likelihood of TH returning will be based on sales. If we as a fan base can push the TH sales numbers well past FFG’s predictions, not only will they need to make a TH reprint, but they may be much more inclined to restart development.

The sad truth is that despite everything TH has going for it, it just doesn’t seem to sell well enough. I wish I knew a way to fix that.

Well we all have a lot to think about right now, so I’ll leave you with a reprint of the Official Announcement:

An Important Update on Tannhäuser

With the release of Frankenstahl later this year, FFG's development of new content for the Tannhäuser board game will be taking a rest. We feel the Tannhäuser line, with its many options, is currently robust enough to offer a great play experience for new and veteran players alike. We’re happy to say that after six years of publishing, Tannhäuser has matured to include four playable factions, three large expansions, and eighteen miniature packs. With this in mind, we lay aside its further development with pride and move to till other fields. The Tannhäuser board game and its expansions remain in print for the time being, so new players should have clear access to explore the uchronic conflict on their game tables at any time.

We remain genuine fans of Tannhäuser and its universe. We have no doubt that sometime in the future we'll return to explore new game experiences among its dark and winding paths.

As always, thank you for your support.

Well that’s it… I’d like to say one last thing, they really are fans of Tannhauser, a good portion of the staff read this blog, and I think they’ll be happy to return to TH in the future.