Perpetual Entertainment has announced that it has ceased development of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising - MMO scheduled for release on PC in 2008. In a post over on the game's official community website, Perpetual president Chris McKibbin revealed that the development team's efforts would be better used on the upcoming Star Trek Online and the company's Online Game Platform business.

"The development team established some very lofty and ambitious goals when the initial work was started on Gods & Heroes. Recently, we took a step back to evaluate the competitive landscape, the game's current state, and the overall goals for our organization," writes McKibbin. "And while we are truly proud of and pleased with what we have created in Gods & Heroes, we also realize that achieving the level of quality and polish that we are committed to will take a significant investment.

"The Perpetual team is faced with a unique challenge of simultaneously developing both Gods & Heroes and Star Trek Online in addition to growing our Online Game Platform business. After assessing all of Perpetual's opportunities, we have made the decision to put the development of Gods & Heroes on indefinite hold."

McKibbin notes that the shift in focus should ensure that the Star Trek game lives up to the high expectation of the Star Trek fan base.