Just as we suspected, Microsoft confirmed today that there will be no third season for their Xbox 360 version of 1 Vs. 100 and that the game won't be returning.
"When we started on this journey, we knew we were creating an entirely new genre of entertainment that would be a continually evolving concept," said Dave McCarthy, General Manager, Microsoft Game Studios. "We're very proud of the ‘1 vs 100' team and their accomplishments, and are excited to apply what we've learned to future programming."
During the beta season more than 114,000 people played the game on Xbox Live simultaneously.
According to Microsoft the 1 Vs. 100 team is now "focusing their skills and applying the technology used to develop "1 vs 100" to new projects that will be unveiled in the future."
Let's hope that Microsoft is more supportive of those projects then they apparently were of this one.
Update: Some thoughts from insiders about why the game was killed can be found here. Also the team working on the game posted a farewell note over on the official 1 Vs 100 blog:
As you've probably seen by now, we are no longer developing 1 vs. 100 for Xbox LIVE.
We're sorry to have kept you waiting in suspense before having to deliver this kind of news. We fully understand how some of you may be upset about the announcement. We hope you understand that it wasn't an easy decision to make and there was a great deal of deliberation.
Our team really enjoyed making 1 vs. 100. Working on it was unlike anything we'd worked on before. Seeing the passionate feedback and interaction from our players was always appreciated. Even though we spent our days at work bringing the game to you, we still enjoyed playing alongside you. Our colleagues on the writing team made us laugh, too.
We knew starting on this project, that 1 vs 100 was completely different and would be an idea we would continue to evolve. We've learned a lot from this experience and we're committed to applying these lessons to the cool, new stuff we're working on, but can't yet discuss.
But before we say farewell, some of our fond memories and discoveries from Season One and Two of 1vs100:
Chris Cashman is as powerful as he is mysterious
Felicia Day really is that awesome
There can never be too many questions about ‘Rent' or soccer
You don't have to be president to have your face on US currency
Chris Cashman is not a certified network technician
We think we can all agree that 1 vs 100 brought many players many fond experiences and memories. It was truly one-of-a-kind, and none of it would've been possible without a dedicated, passionate community fan base playing the game regularly and stepping up as awesome contestants. It was always great to see the message board, Twitter and Facebook light up with supportive and encouraging messages when a "regular" was the One. Being part of something that resulted in new friendships, loyalists like JAriel, the introduction of gaming to "non-gamers" and the humbling success of folks like mutantdog123 and A Patch of Blue was an intangible reward for the team that we'll miss.
We hope to focus on the fun times playing 1 vs 100 as we look back on the two seasons and the enormous amount of time and effort that the development teams and the fans poured into the game. For now we say goodnight to 1 vs 100. You were truly part of something new, exciting, and unprecedented, and we thank you for all of your support along the way.
If you can't quite get enough Cashman, you can continue to find Chris at the following locations: