New Star Trek Online Developer?

WarCry is reporting that P2 Entertainment, the developer formerly known as Perpetual Entertainment, is no longer working on Star Trek Online. This is the latest chapter in a saga that has included the dissolution and reformation of Perpetual amid rumors that the project would end up being a "casual" game (story) and a lawsuit alleging that fraud had occurred somewhere along the way (story). Attributed to "multiple sources" at P2/Perpetual, this unconfirmed report says the license and "game's content" (presumably art assets) have been transferred to a different Bay-area developer (which is not named), but the game code remains at Perpetual/P2, suggesting this game's eventual release is still a long way off.
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sent over the art and images to a company but refusing to give up the code.

Chances are that Perpetual owns any code they write but art assets belong to the company that granted the dev contract. That would be especially true for a licensed product like Star Trek. Any ST imagery is, more than likely, soley owned by Paramount.

Devs hold on to code like it was gold. What gets written for one game is probably going to end up in a lot of other games the devs make. If they sign the code away in a contract then, when the contract is done, they have nothing with which to use for their next project. Art, on the other hand, has a fairly short "shelf-life". What is cutting edge on one project is yesterday's news on the next.

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