Strategy First, the company which publishes “Uplink:Hacker Elite” in America and Canada, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as of late August, reporting a debt of over $5 million. The company suspended all royalty payments to Introversion Software during Spring 2003, and we have not received anything since. At this date Strategy First owe us tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. We have decided to announce this now that their financial situation has been made public. Although this has placed considerable financial strain on Introversion it will not affect the release of Darwinia as we have known about this information for over a year and have planned accordingly. Introversion will survive to put Darwinia on the shelves, but your support along the way is greatly appreciated.
> Will Darwinia be Linux compatible, from-the-box? We don’t know the answer to this yet. Mac and Linux versions will be coming, but we’re not sure when. Again it’s all down to time.
Uplink is a neat game; I recommend trying out the demo if you haven’t already.I wrote Guild Software to determine how this will affect the release of Vendetta Online, which went gold recently. John Bergman sent the following reply:
We’ve been aware of Strategy First’s difficulties for some time.We don’t anticipate it negatively impacting our game. SFI is exclusively aretail-distribution and marketing partner, and only in North America. Wedirectly handle all recurring billing income, so in the worst-casescenario, we simply are left in an online-only distribution model. Thegame will still go on, as long as we have subscribers. Also, for what it’s worth, Strategy First has been very supportiveof us, thus far. They’ve bent over backwards to help us out and get thingsdone for us, despite their difficult situation. They also have quite anumber of games launching this fall, so I think there’s a good chance thatthey’ll pull themselves out of their economic state.
Strategy First also released the Jagged Alliance 2 source code earlier this year, as noted last week.