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Gate Re-Opened On Stargate Worlds MMO?

The "lights are still on" but seem pretty dim for the troubled Stargate MMO.

Only one man can get this game back on track.
Following up on our previous story, it sounds like the Stargate Worlds MMO might still be alive. Senior Marketing Manager Kevin Balentine released an official statement this morning proclaiming "The Lights are Still On and Stargate Worlds Development Continues".  Here's the juicy stuff from his post:
Our official response is that the lights here are still on and the development team is working hard every day to get this game built. Team members are in the office seven days a week to deliver Stargate Worlds. Brad Wright is the Stargate expert and a creative consultant on Stargate Worlds who advises us on the story; unfortunately we had not recently updated him on our progress or the impact from the current global economic crisis, and he was not fully aware of the continuing progress on our game.
The lights may still be on, but it sounds like they are pretty dim. Darren Summer, who broke the original story over at GateWorld was contacted by Cheyenne but decided not to run a follow up after the talk. Given that Summer writes for an actual fan site for Stargate, my guess is he's sticking to his guns over the likelihood of us seeing a Stargate MMO anytime soon.  Balentine's admittance that the project is having some financial hurdles seems to give credence to GateWorld's report of developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment not being able to pay its employees for several months, spurning the anonymously created days-since-cheyenne-mountain-employees-have-been-paid.com, which no longer exists.

In any case it looks like all we can assume for at the moment is that the Stargate MMO's future is uncertain. It looks like Cheyenne needs to raise some serious capital first to get the project back on tracks. MMOs usually sit on the more expensive side of game development and with the shaky launches of any MMO released last year called not named Warcraft, it might be a hard investment to sell.
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Posted by snide
Only one man can get this game back on track.
Following up on our previous story, it sounds like the Stargate Worlds MMO might still be alive. Senior Marketing Manager Kevin Balentine released an official statement this morning proclaiming "The Lights are Still On and Stargate Worlds Development Continues".  Here's the juicy stuff from his post:
Our official response is that the lights here are still on and the development team is working hard every day to get this game built. Team members are in the office seven days a week to deliver Stargate Worlds. Brad Wright is the Stargate expert and a creative consultant on Stargate Worlds who advises us on the story; unfortunately we had not recently updated him on our progress or the impact from the current global economic crisis, and he was not fully aware of the continuing progress on our game.
The lights may still be on, but it sounds like they are pretty dim. Darren Summer, who broke the original story over at GateWorld was contacted by Cheyenne but decided not to run a follow up after the talk. Given that Summer writes for an actual fan site for Stargate, my guess is he's sticking to his guns over the likelihood of us seeing a Stargate MMO anytime soon.  Balentine's admittance that the project is having some financial hurdles seems to give credence to GateWorld's report of developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment not being able to pay its employees for several months, spurning the anonymously created days-since-cheyenne-mountain-employees-have-been-paid.com, which no longer exists.

In any case it looks like all we can assume for at the moment is that the Stargate MMO's future is uncertain. It looks like Cheyenne needs to raise some serious capital first to get the project back on tracks. MMOs usually sit on the more expensive side of game development and with the shaky launches of any MMO released last year called not named Warcraft, it might be a hard investment to sell.
Edited by Death_Burnout

Kurt Russell will save me! i mean, them.

Posted by TooWalrus

Quit messing with my emotions!

Posted by MattyFTM

I still can't imagine it being any good.

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Posted by pause422

I would probably check this out on a free trial if it happens, assuming it has one(guess most MMO's do) but if you have to actually pay for this if it comes out, I'm just wondering if it even is gonna have anyone who cares....because I really can't see it. Maybe there are a ton of Stargate fans that have been waiting for  this mmo to come out that I'm not aware of.....

Posted by MeatSim

I still don't want to play this.

Edited by MB

This reads a lot like, "Uhh...that other dude wasn't supposed to tell you that the game is getting canceled, here is some official marketing speak, an upcoming official cancellation press release is forthcoming."  I hope I'm wrong.

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Posted by PenguinDust

Well, with Stargate Universe, a new series premiering this fall on "SyFy" (ugh!), it would be a good time to release the game.  Just as long as it is nothing like the horrible Stargate Infinity animated series. 

Posted by Vance_Helsing

You know what? If it does come out, I'd honestly like to try this, even though I don't play these types of games, ever.

I think that the "hype" or whatever that's following this game's long-ass development will spur me to play it.

Posted by WilliamRLBaker

Hmmm I wish it wouldn't come out the star gate canon and well likeability is all ready low with the last 5 seasons of sg1 and atlantis the movies and the new star gate universe.

Posted by wh1terav3n

I really want it to come out. I am an avid Stargate fan, but this game also seems really cool. There are an infinite number of different environments to explore and the gunplay concept seems pretty neat.

Posted by Media_Master

I didn't like the movie, and I don't watch the tv series, sooooooooo.....pass.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I think the news that an MMO will be trying something new is vastly more interesting than which property the MMO will happen to be using.

Posted by CitizenKane

Kurt Russell and Richard Dean Anderson need to team up and help this game become published!

Edited by Venatio

Im a huge Stargate fan, love almost everything stargate related so I really hope that this game gets made and released

Posted by divxz

You couldn't get a picture of Richard Dean Anderson for the story?

Posted by snide

@divxz


Sorry, Kurt Russel trumps RDA in my book. Not for Stargate, but in general. Kurt Russel trumps just about everyone.
Posted by Falconer

RDA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> that other dude

RDA is the funniest man on this planet, hands down, AND he can defuse a bomb with a paper clip and a gum wrapper.

Edited by ahoodedfigure

OK, Kurt Russell.  Why not Escape from New York, then?  A free-for-all in Manhattan Prison, with shifting gang leaders and an explanation why there are always new players coming in.

Tell me that wouldn't be awesome.

Snake Plissken would pop in once in a while and blow up everything as a sort of cosmic balancer.  Life is cheap, so when you die you die.  New expansions would have new, lawless areas outside of Manhattan