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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

I Know I'm Late: Perpetual Entertainment Loses STO License

Posted by UnSub Monday January 21 2008 at 2:07AM
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I'm a week late, but given my earlier entries...

It appears that Perpetual Entertainment has lost the Star Trek Online license to another developer. The interesting thing here is that I haven't seen any information that says if PE jumped (i.e. sold off the license to another company for the money) or was pushed (i.e. that PE lost the IP rights because Paramount Studios pulled their plug). Ignoring the merits of the STO license as a MMO, I'd suspect that if PE thought they could make money on it, they'd have kept it. Still, it would be an expensive thing to keep running since they have no income from their games (since they have released none), minimal income from their middleware (last I heard, only Bioware has licensed it) and a lawsuit against Kohnke in the wings.

Earlier rumours are that Cryptic Studios (formerly City of Heroes / City of Villains, now Marvel Universe Online) is the developer who picked up the STO license and have also interviewed some PE devs who were working on STO. No official confirmation one way or the other, but Cryptic does have a chunk of change from their sale of CoH/V to the publisher NCsoft (assuming they haven't had to spend it on MUO one way or another) so they could possibly afford to buy the IP and develop it.

I'll wait for confirmation, but it looks like my prediction - that STO would never ship from PE - is correct. I have no vendetta against PE, but I certainly have doubted a number of decisions they have made that have become public knowledge. It always seemed that STO was an ambitious license that would probably be beyond them - the fact they've handed it off / were forced off the field is no great surprise to me.

Hmm, perhaps Gods and Heroes will suddenly reappear on PE's radar...

UPDATE: I've read elsewhere that PE is going to become a middleware-only company and doesn't plan on developing any more MMOs. That's probably a good move, especially since no MMO middleware company who tries to concurrently develop a MMO game (or MMO game company who tries to develop commercial middleware) actually seems to succeed on both fronts.

xenogias writes:

I dont know what or where PE's income comes from but from there track reccord so far (just from G&H), being sued and now the loss of STO regardless of the reasons they should just leave the MMO market. It has not treated them well so far and because of the rep they are quickly gaining I would have problems convincing myself to invest any time or money with the company. I would assume true investors that keep the development going would have a hard time to. Investors are looking to make money, not loose it as PE seems to do with whatever they touch.

Mon Jan 21 2008 5:55AM Report

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