Update: End of Nations publisher Trion Worlds passed along an official statement on the current state of the game posted earlier today on its Facebook page. You can read the statement below in its entirety:
"Since our last state of the game announcement we have been hard at work on getting End of Nations to where we want it to be. We are committed to making End of Nations meet our standard of AAA and we will continue to develop the game until it meets our standards. Rest assured that we are not giving up on End of Nations and that we are set on giving fans what they want.
To give you a little sneak peek into what we are working on, some of the changes you’ll notice will include improvements that ease the learning curve for new players, a revamped UI system, advancements in player strategy, and most importantly a more polished overall game.
As End of Nations was reaching the pre-launch phase in its life-cycle, we officially brought the game development in house to Trion’s San Diego Studio and will complete the development internally. Our team has been hard at work implementing many changes based on your feedback from the beta events. Keep checking back for more updates as we are looking forward to showing off some of the cool new things the team has been working on."
That explains why the game's current state, and could be related to why developer Petroglyph had to cut some staff (a vacuum was created by the game's development being moved in-house to Trion Worlds).
Original Story: A tweet from a game designer at End of Nations maker Petroglyph suggests that the company is currently in the middle of laying off a number of its employees.
"Well, it appears this Winter break will be extended indefinitely," tweeted game designer Adam Stevens. "Layoffs at Petroglyph. Looking like I'll be Leaving Las Vegas."
A report on Eurogamer puts the number of affected at somewhere around 30 employees but the studio hasn't officially confirmed that number. The company is also reportedly shutting down End of Nation indefinitely (see the additional update at the top) – even though it was only in open beta. Those players who bought special editions of the game are getting refunds. While the company is giving back money to customers, it is also reassuring players that the game has not been canceled.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.