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1000-player battle royale Mavericks Proving Grounds has shut down

Published: 12:18, 31 July 2019
Automaton Games
Poster for Mavericks: Proving Grounds showing some of the forest from the playable map.
Mavericks: Proving Grounds

Mavericks: Proving Grounds, an ambitious battle royale that promised 1000-player matches on 12km x 12km map is no longer in development. Furthermore, the UK-based developer Automaton Games have officially gone into administration.

Remember Mavericks: Proving Grounds that was initially announced as Project X back in 2017? A battle royale title that promised to deliver the unthinkable - 1000 concurrent players in a single world with 400 players on a massive 12 km x 12 km map - with destruction, roaming wildlife, dynamic weather and more. 

Yes, it does sound pretty ambitious, some would say totally unrealistic and guess what, those who were sceptic about it, were right. Mavericks: Proving Grounds is no longer in development as UK studio Automaton Games has now gone into administration. "Paul Cooper and Paul Appleton were appointed joint administrators of Automaton Games Limited on 30th July 2019," it's written in the statement.

"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 Games confirmed in an announcement on their official website.

As you can see, the developer's multiplayer horror shooter Deceit will continue to operate as normal, only under a different publisher.

The news will certainly come as a shock for many Mavericks players who got to try out the game's alpha version just last week after months of early-stage testings. According to some YouTubers that covered the game, Mavericks was always in barebone state with almost non-existent player base.

Mavericks: Proving Grounds was built on SpatialOS from Improbable, which doesn't look good for the engine since this is the second game using SpatialOS to have been cancelled in the last few months. In May 2019, Bossa Studios announced that they are shutting down their MMO Worlds Adrift.

Automaton Old car on the side of a village road Automaton Games: Mavericks

You can take a look at the Automaton Games' announcement on .

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