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Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt

The Novacore Studios Website has news that the Legends of Pegasus developer has declared insolvency, and has ceased operations (thanks Slashman). The Kalypso Forums confirm this means this means an end to support for the recently released 4X strategy game, inspiring frustration in users hoping that some show-stopper bugs, some of whom are now inquiring about whether this should entitle them to refunds. Here's Kalypso's explanation of the situatuion:

Developer Novacore had to fine for bancruptcy this week. We assume there will be no further development of patches for Legends of Pegasus but cannot make any statements on the state of the bancruptcy.

It is also legally not possible for us to just hand out the source code of the game for further community development as the code also includes software that is not open source.

This situation is very unsatisfactory, for us but of course especially for you. But it is all we can say for now.

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39. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 23:03 Dev
 
bhcompy wrote on Oct 7, 2012, 18:10:
Dev wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 14:07:
Also, now that they're dead, I wonder if they'll release the source and let the modding community clean it up.
Read above, they answered that question.

Also, have you ever known that to happen? A failed studio releasing source? All the source releasing stuff I can think of were from studios that still existed, such as id releasing source for older games.

Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines/Troika Games.. been community supported basically for 7 years
There's a difference between being community supported (not uncommon), and getting the source code (very rare). I'm fairly sure that that game didn't have its source code released.
 
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38. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 18:10 bhcompy
 
Dev wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 14:07:
Also, now that they're dead, I wonder if they'll release the source and let the modding community clean it up.
Read above, they answered that question.

Also, have you ever known that to happen? A failed studio releasing source? All the source releasing stuff I can think of were from studios that still existed, such as id releasing source for older games.

Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines/Troika Games.. been community supported basically for 7 years
 
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37. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 14:12 eRe4s3r
 
You get access to the alpha for pre-ordering
That may be why they don't get any press ;p I think the amount of peeps pre-ordering 4x games has just been reduced drastically.. SOTS2, LOP... at some point even the gullible learn.
 
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36. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 14:09 eRe4s3r
 
Yeah, moo3 with mods, obviously.. I never liked CIV4 much because of the grid system. It had so many issues.. in turn I don't like CIV5 much because it has literally taken away 90% of the complexity and things that I thought were fun in CIV4.. heh.

And Galciv 2.. no. That game is just a shallow skirmish game, you have so few tactical options in that game.... The AI's is decent, but that's it. The game has no "flair" . MOO3 had flair. It hat terrible issues on release, but I am talking about the "fruit" mods...

I forgot SOTS1, that was fun too, especially with mods ^^
 
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35. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 13:35 mag
 
People lamenting the death of another 4X might be interested in Star Lords. You get access to the alpha for pre-ordering, and my impression is that it's already in a pretty playable state.

I haven't spent money on it yet. YMMV. But I haven't seen it getting any press.
 
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34. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 13:03 Nate
 
Glad I didn't even think to spend money on this one. Usually go for all the 4x games.  
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33. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 12:57 Dev
 
Bhruic wrote on Oct 7, 2012, 09:55:
I wish franchises were automatically released into the public domain after a certain number of years without a new release.
We might if copyright was a sane amount of time.
Smellfinger wrote on Oct 7, 2012, 11:21:
So they bilked people out of $50 knowing full well that bankruptcy was on the table?
I think many (if not most) dev studios are like that. One release away from bankruptcy. Basically living paycheck to paycheck.
 
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32. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 11:26 LOC
 
LC wrote on Oct 7, 2012, 09:42:
I'm sad that another publisher put an unfinished game on the market with the "patches will fix it" attitude.

I seriously doubt the developer released it in an unfinished state. So yes, thanks Kalypso once again for ruining another game, and another game studio. Way to go.
 
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31. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 11:21 Smellfinger
 
So they bilked people out of $50 knowing full well that bankruptcy was on the table? I hope these pieces of shit never find work in the industry again.  
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30. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 09:55 Bhruic
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 23:02:
Same here, but so far I haven't played any 4x game since MOO3 that grabbed me for any period of time.. it's really sad.

You didn't like Civ IV? Or were you restricting it to Space-based 4X games?

MoO3 was such a disappointment, there was lots of potential, but it was marred by such a broken release. I fixed it up as much as I could without source code, but meh. I wish franchises were automatically released into the public domain after a certain number of years without a new release. It'd be nice to see what a MoO Kickstart could do, but there's no way they'd be able to get the rights.
 
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29. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 09:42 LC
 
I'm sad that another publisher put an unfinished game on the market with the "patches will fix it" attitude.  
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28. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 05:51 Armengar
 
sword of the stars 1 was good. Ive no devoted enough time to sots 2 (being annoyed wiht the GUI flaws even after all the fixing patches)  
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27. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 7, 2012, 05:35 dj LiTh
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 23:02:
Same here, but so far I haven't played any 4x game since MOO3 that grabbed me for any period of time.. it's really sad.

You didnt care for Galciv2?

Anyways i never bought LoP but i'm always sad to see a 4x fail. World needs more, not less of them. Perhaps this will be a lesson in the future for other would be 4x developers to take their time, or get a bigger budget for a longer development time.
 
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26. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 23:02 eRe4s3r
 
Same here, but so far I haven't played any 4x game since MOO3 that grabbed me for any period of time.. it's really sad.  
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25. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 22:58 Slashman
 
Thankfully I did not.

But I am sad that another promising space 4x game went down the toilet.
 
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24. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 21:46 eRe4s3r
 
In this case they use Ogre though, which is definitely not license restricted... only API I can see that is licensed in this game is irrklang (for sound)

And I am not sure how releasing the game source-code would somehow reveal licensed API's here.. but maybe there's stuff inside we don't know.. in any case, no tears should be shed over this. (Except of course, if you bought it.. )
 
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23. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 21:37 mag
 
Creston wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 19:49:
mag wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 16:59:
Creston wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 16:43:
We, as gamers, really need to stop supporting devs/publishers that just release shit that is broken.

Because then this (can) happen, and you're left with a broken game.

Creston

Except that this actually happened because gamers did not support the devs that released a broken game. It was universally panned, and no one bought it. So they went bankrupt.

So the answer is to buy MORE broken games? Yeah, no. This got TERRIBLE word of mouth when it was released basically as a non-functional product. If devs can't deliver something that works, they deserve to go bunk.

Creston

I'm just saying that exactly what you wanted to happen, happened. Bad game released. Not bought by gamers. Game company goes bust. Everyone's happy.
 
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22. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 21:31 Agent.X7
 
Prez wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 20:54:
Not knowing anything about coding or programming, I'm surprised developers imbed licensed software in their game's source code. I figured that would be separate.

Well, a lot of times the whole game engine is licensed. SWTOR licensed the game engine from Heroes Journey. They don't own the engine that they built the game on. They also licensed the back end from another company, and so on and so forth. So, some of the game mechanics are theirs, and the art and sound assets, but all the rest of the code was bought from someone else and they have no right to pass it on to anybody else.
 
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21. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 20:54 Prez
 
Not knowing anything about coding or programming, I'm surprised developers imbed licensed software in their game's source code. I figured that would be separate.  
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20. Re: Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt Oct 6, 2012, 20:13 eRe4s3r
 
Who would have guessed...  
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