The realm of the Stargate gaming world doesn’t appear to be going very well, first the flagship and highly anticipated Stargate Worlds studio went into administration and never managed to get the game out of the door.
Now the studio that purchased Stargate Resistance ‘Dark Comet Games’ has had its licence from MGM revoked and will not renew this with the studio, Stargate Resistance is due to be removed from store shelves on January 15, 2011.
Here is the official announcement:
On November 16, 2010, the License Agreement between Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, Inc. and MGM Interactive, Inc. expired. As a result, Cheyenne will no longer be able to offer Stargate Resistance for sale to new customers. However, in the best interests of our customers, game play will be provided for a period of 60 days (until January 15, 2011) to customers who purchased Stargate Resistance prior to November 16, 2010. Look for more information as it becomes available
Stargate Worlds” was announced as an upcoming MMO from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment back in 2006, thanks to a deal with MGM Studios. Despite winning a court fight over SG assets, however, CME has lost their license to develop anymore SG games. They managed to rush out “Stargate Resistance,” but “Worlds” doesn’t look like it’s going to be quite as fortunate.
MGM has terminated the license they granted to CME in 2006, according to an East Valley Tribune report. The development comes as a blow amid many other struggles for the Arizona-based company, who just won a court ruling agreeing that they could reclaim SG assets for both “Worlds” and “Resistance.” The ruling came in response to a fraud complaint CME investors filed against Dark Comet Games and Fresh Start Studios, which were formed by ex-CME employees to continue developing their SG projects. All of this has occurred under the shadow of CME’s own bankruptcy procedures.
MGM issued a notice of termination on November 3, Cheyenne Mountain chairman and CEO Gary Whiting told the EVT. They’ve famously had there own bankruptcy troubles to deal with, which have impacted both the development of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movie and the James Bond franchise.
As of March, 2010 Dark Comet Games, LLC entered into an agreement with Firesky, LLC for the maintenance, operation and development of Stargate Resistanceâ„¢. Dark Comet Games, LLC is a newly formed company comprised of the original developers of Stargate Resistanceâ„¢, and has been able to continue development and expansion of this project without delay, and will release a new map with two game play styles, new character models, weapons, achievements and features in the coming weeks.
Dark Comet Games, LLC is also proceeding forward marketing Stargate Resistanceâ„¢, with a new television and web ad campaign beginning April 30, 2010.
Stargate Resistanceâ„¢ is a an MGM Studios licensed product, under license to Firesky, LLC. Firesky remains committed to the product, and is excited to partner with Dark Comet Games, LLC for the development and expansion of the game.