Exclusive: WildWorks' green credentials up in smoke as fans left red in the face.
WildWorks Infuriates Fans by Closing Feral for Cinder NFT Project
The once-heralded champions of environmentally educational gaming, WildWorks, have again angered their long-term supporters by closing their animal MMO Feral just days after minting the new NFT for their tokenized game, Cinder.
In a world ravaged by droughts and wildfires, the irony is lost on no one that WildWorks' new project has been named Cinder.
As we previously wrote in our first exclusive two months ago, WildWorks left fans feeling angry, betrayed, and broken-hearted. Fans launched a variety of accusations at WildWorks, not least were the accusations that beloved assets would be sold as NFTs, as well as an overwhelming sense of hypocrisy that WildWorks were putting profit-before-planet and foregoing their environmental credentials - even having previously warned about the devastating environmental cost of the cryptocurrency industry.
At the time of writing our previous piece on the Cinder situation, Feral (Fer.al) and Animal Jam fans shared their concerns that Feral was just a testing ground for WildWorks environmentally questionable new NFT project. They feared that it would be shut down and beloved assets taken to be used in a game they do not support.
WildWorks has not publicly claimed that those are the reasons for the closure of Feral, instead leaving vague statements of Feral "not succeeding from a business perspective". Still, the timing of the decision, just days after minting their new NFT, leaves a lot to be suspicious about. Many Feral fans had spent hundreds of dollars on a game that never left early access and was seemingly abandoned for a project with very different intentions.
In a world ravaged by droughts and wildfires, the irony is lost on no one that WildWorks' new project has been named Cinder. Whether their reputation will recover from the embers of these decisions is yet to be seen.
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