You Probably Won't Be Playing Awesomenauts This Week [UPDATED: Yes You Will]

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Posted by alex (3561 posts) -

UPDATE: Good news, everyone! According to the folks at Ronimo Games, the launches for PSN and XBLA will go on as scheduled. No word on exactly how all that came together, but those looking to play some Awesomenauts this week will be able to as originally planned. Hooray!

You're not getting Awesomenauts this week. Hell, it's anyone's guess when it might come out now.
You're not getting Awesomenauts this week. Hell, it's anyone's guess when it might come out now.

Those who were particularly looking forward to the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network release Awesomenauts this week might want to just take a seat over here and relax for a minute, while we explain a bit of bad news to you. You see, while we know you may have been looking very much forward to getting your hands on developer Ronimo Games' 2D multiplayer arena shooter, that probably isn't going to happen this week, as originally planned. That's because DTP Entertainment, the publisher originally set to bring Awesomenauts to those platforms, is now bankrupt.

News of the insolvency filing by DTP just came to light yesterday, mere days before Awesomenauts was to hit digital stores. Now, nobody seems to know when precisely the game might come out, if at all. Speaking to IGN, Ronimo developer Jasper Koning said, "At the moment we're unsure what this means for [Awesomenauts]."

Depending on DTP's level of debt and potential ability to reorganize to its creditors' satisfaction versus out-and-out closure, the amount of potential time this could all take to suss out is as wide as the situation itself is complicated. Ronimo Games is looking into the situation to try and figure out the best way to get the game out, but for the foreseeable future, you're not going to be playing Awesomenauts. Certainly not this week, at least.

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#1 Posted by alex (3561 posts) -

UPDATE: Good news, everyone! According to the folks at Ronimo Games, the launches for PSN and XBLA will go on as scheduled. No word on exactly how all that came together, but those looking to play some Awesomenauts this week will be able to as originally planned. Hooray!

You're not getting Awesomenauts this week. Hell, it's anyone's guess when it might come out now.
You're not getting Awesomenauts this week. Hell, it's anyone's guess when it might come out now.

Those who were particularly looking forward to the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network release Awesomenauts this week might want to just take a seat over here and relax for a minute, while we explain a bit of bad news to you. You see, while we know you may have been looking very much forward to getting your hands on developer Ronimo Games' 2D multiplayer arena shooter, that probably isn't going to happen this week, as originally planned. That's because DTP Entertainment, the publisher originally set to bring Awesomenauts to those platforms, is now bankrupt.

News of the insolvency filing by DTP just came to light yesterday, mere days before Awesomenauts was to hit digital stores. Now, nobody seems to know when precisely the game might come out, if at all. Speaking to IGN, Ronimo developer Jasper Koning said, "At the moment we're unsure what this means for [Awesomenauts]."

Depending on DTP's level of debt and potential ability to reorganize to its creditors' satisfaction versus out-and-out closure, the amount of potential time this could all take to suss out is as wide as the situation itself is complicated. Ronimo Games is looking into the situation to try and figure out the best way to get the game out, but for the foreseeable future, you're not going to be playing Awesomenauts. Certainly not this week, at least.

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#2 Posted by GeneralZod37 (301 posts) -

Damnit. I was looking forward to getting for free with my PS+ membership.

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#3 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

How does that work?

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#4 Posted by amadeus (15 posts) -

That's disappointing.

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#5 Posted by TheMartino (136 posts) -

How the hell does this even happen?

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#6 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
@Napalm Easily. The company holding the publishing rights has find bankrupt, so they're not in a state to publish the game.
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#7 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

@Hailinel: I'm not stupid, I wasn't talking about that. I was talking about how suddenly it came up. Like, did they just find out a week ago they had no money? How does something that huge just sneak up on you?

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#8 Posted by TechnicallyProficient (95 posts) -

That's awesome... naut!

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#9 Edited by CaLe (4767 posts) -

Why does a developer need a publisher to send Microsoft a finished game? I don't get it. If the game is done, put it up. So it will be missing 1 spammy intro logo, good. Business realities are depressing as shit.

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#10 Posted by Anupsis (403 posts) -

Holy crap does that suck. I have not seen anything about this game before but it sucks for those who were looking forward to it.

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#11 Posted by wh1terav3n (622 posts) -

DAMN IT. This game looks fantastic.

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#12 Posted by dantey (298 posts) -

@TechnicallyProficient: Sir, I want to punch you in the face.

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#13 Posted by wh1terav3n (622 posts) -

@CaLe: Because the publisher owns the game, the code and everything in it. The developer doesn't. If the publisher goes bankrupt, then ownership of the game doesn't pass to the developer, it passes to the creditors, and so it's ownership is up in the air. It could be months before this is figured out. Microsoft and Sony already have the code, but since no one owns the game anymore, they can't put it on their service, there's no one to pay them to put it up.

Depending on the contract, it's possible that the devs could make a PC version or something. Or they could try to buy back rights. The most likely solution is that another publisher like THQ or Acti will buy the game at a low price since the creditors just want it off their hands then put it out and profit, but that could take awhile.

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#14 Posted by ABK_92 (179 posts) -

@TechnicallyProficient: Fuck. You.

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#15 Posted by JetForceGemini (175 posts) -

Maybe they can release it on Steam?

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#16 Posted by l3reak (150 posts) -

Christ, you'd think it'd be in their creditors interest to let them keep running for an extra week so they could put out the title and get some extra income in order to actually, you know, pack back their creditors.

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#17 Posted by jakob187 (22940 posts) -

I have more problems with the relatively opinionated (and possibly written by the developers) wiki than the fact that the game isn't coming out. I didn't even know about it until the guys mentioned it was coming out on the Bombcast, and when I looked stuff up, I wasn't rushing to buy it.

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#18 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

@wh1terav3n: The Awesomenauts website says copyright Ronimo. DTP doesn't own it, but it's possible the contract says only they can publish or distribute it. That would suck.

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#19 Posted by Wandrecanada (913 posts) -

Someone save the music!

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#20 Posted by stinky (1564 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@Hailinel: I'm not stupid, I wasn't talking about that. I was talking about how suddenly it came up. Like, did they just find out a week ago they had no money? How does something that huge just sneak up on you?

didnt sneak up on anyone, they just never told anyone until now.

you dont spill bad news until you have to.

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#21 Posted by RichieJohn (539 posts) -

That's a shame. I'm always interested in seeing what these guys do since I read that they did De Blob.

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#22 Posted by Justin258 (14883 posts) -
You Probably Won't Be Playing Awesomenauts

Even if it comes out I don't think I will either. Never heard of it until now, which doesn't make it bad, it just means I have no interest in it.

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#23 Edited by Napalm (9230 posts) -

@stinky said:

@Napalm said:

@Hailinel: I'm not stupid, I wasn't talking about that. I was talking about how suddenly it came up. Like, did they just find out a week ago they had no money? How does something that huge just sneak up on you?

didnt sneak up on anyone, they just never told anyone until now.

you dont spill bad news until you have to.

Maybe they should have planned it better, then, instead of having it spill out the week they are supposed to publish a game.

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#24 Posted by nkornek (140 posts) -

Damn, i was really looking forward to this game

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#25 Posted by swedmiro (58 posts) -

Usually someone is appointed to control the company. In this case I would presume that this guy wants to release the game since it is his job to realise all the assets in the company. An unreleased game is not worth much and a release would definitely mean money into the company. I would believe that he wants to release the game but I'm not sure about how Microsoft and Sony will handle this. They might feel that the legal situation is unclear and refuse to release it.

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#26 Posted by SlightConfuse (3996 posts) -

how can you not publish a digital game, don't you just push the game out when its ready. also how can you suddly be bankrupt

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#27 Posted by nemesisND1derboy (35 posts) -

If worse comes to worst, they can self publish on PSN, as far as I know. They'll still need a publisher for XBLA though, so that's a big problem. Pity, this looks really really fun, and it's supposed to be free on PS+ this month too. The devs just seem like a really nice bunch of guys too from all the press this got last year. A real pity.

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#28 Posted by Winternet (8408 posts) -

Dang it. My weekend is ruined. Ruined!

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#29 Posted by MeatSim (11157 posts) -

Wasn't planning on playing it but still that's a downer.

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#30 Posted by Phatmac (5931 posts) -

@TechnicallyProficient said:

That's awesome... naut!

Yeah let's make jokes about people losing jobs! Not that time for that at all.

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#31 Posted by Phatmac (5931 posts) -

Man what a bummer.

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#32 Posted by Abendlaender (3068 posts) -

That's sad because DTP published a bunch of really awesome Adventure games.

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#33 Posted by sammo21 (5693 posts) -

That sucks...I wonder if Sony is going to give us a different game for free then?

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#34 Edited by spiceninja (3282 posts) -

So do you absolutely need a publisher before Sony or Microsoft will put you on their service? It's not like they have to pay for boxes, manuals, and shipping to put out a game on PSN or XBLA, so what purpose does a publisher actually serve in this situation?

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#35 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

Too bad, the publisher put forth some games that made for some memorable Quick Looks.

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#36 Posted by Junpei (806 posts) -

@PlasmaBeam44 said:

So do you absolutely need a publisher before Sony or Microsoft will put you on their service? It's not like they have to pay for boxes, manuals, and shipping to put out a game on PSN or XBLA, so what purpose does a publisher actually serve in this situation?

I may be mistaken in some of the finer details but to my understanding the company that backs the publication of the games onto said services fronts the money that Sony and Microsoft demand to get the games listed on their service. It isn't just that sony and microsoft put the games up for free and take their cut but that they demand a certain down payment as a kind of insurance in case the games don't sell that way they always make profit on any game posted. It is only the developer and publisher that would take a hit from a game not selling.

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#37 Posted by SMTDante89 (2912 posts) -

PlayStation's Twitter account just stated Awesomenauts will publish tomorrow in North America.

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#38 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

Sony just confirmed that it will "publish tomorrow on PSN in N. America" on twitter.  
Free for PSplus Members

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#39 Posted by PLWolf (967 posts) -

PlayStation

We can confirm that Awesomenauts will publish tomorrow on PSN in N. America and will be free for PS Plus subscribers

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#40 Posted by Goldanas (566 posts) -

@Alex said:

Ronimo Games is looking into the situation to try and figure out the best way to get the game out

It's pretty much never "try and", and almost always "try to".

I don't mean to be a grammar fucker, it's just this always gets to me. You have a loose style and that suits the articles fine, but being grammatically incorrect in this statement serves no stylistic purpose. It's just incorrect.

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#41 Posted by RE_Player1 (8018 posts) -

It's coming out on Playstation tomorrow.

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#42 Posted by jennoa (106 posts) -

@Goldanas: I will now try and use "try and" in all of my sentences, forever.

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#43 Posted by ErgoMeSmart (52 posts) -

I've been looking forward to this since last September, so I do hope it comes out Wednesday (or tomorrow for you lucky PlayStation owners).

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#44 Posted by TentPole (1856 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@TechnicallyProficient said:

That's awesome... naut!

Yeah let's make jokes about people losing jobs! Not that time for that at all.

Chill out dude.

@msavo said:

It's coming out on Playstation tomorrow.

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#45 Posted by darkvare (994 posts) -

release date not changed you will still play the game tomorrow if you want
http://games.ign.com/articles/122/1223990p1.html

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#46 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

@CaLe said:

Why does a developer need a publisher to send Microsoft a finished game? I don't get it. If the game is done, put it up. So it will be missing 1 spammy intro logo, good. Business realities are depressing as shit.

Because the publisher owns the game since they paid the developers to make the game for them. The publisher will likely try to sell the rights to another publisher so they can pay their debts rather than buy servers to release the game.

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#47 Posted by thebrainninja (356 posts) -

@TechnicallyProficient: That felt like a slap in the face.

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#48 Posted by demontium (5084 posts) -

Dissappointing... almost discourages me from wanting to become a game developer.

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#49 Posted by demontium (5084 posts) -

Dissappointing... almost discourages me from wanting to become a game developer.

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#50 Posted by d0rks (83 posts) -

@OriginalArticleText said:

Ronimo Games is looking into the situation to try and figure out the best way to get the game out, but for the foreseeable future, you're not going to be playing Awesomenauts. Certainly not this week, at least.

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We have just confirmed that the game is coming this week! We cannot comment on the exact situation any further right now, but rest assured that you can all play Awesomenauts this week! :)

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