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Offline CT27

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What became of the Freespace IP?
A few months ago or so there was talk on here about Interplay selling some of its old IPs (including Freespace) I think.

Some on here even talked about the possibility of them entering a bid for the rights to Freespace (though they admitted it was a longshot).



How did the auction turn out?  Do we know who ended up with the rights to Freespace?

 

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
The auction happened, but to the best of my knowledge, noone has announced the results. For what it's worth, the relevant info on FS2's steam page hasn't changed.
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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
Nobody made it public at the time, and, AFAIK, no announcements have been made since.

If a public company bought it, we should have seen the announcement pretty soon after it happened, so that suggests it went to a private game studio, which means we may not hear about it for awhile.

Look out for announcements of a new Earthworm Jim game, that's most likely what we'll see first from whoever bought them.
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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
It's entirely possible that nobody won the bid; Interplay may have been looking for a certain minimum that they failed to get. After all, their IP library is still making them money, so unless they got an offer good enough to offset that, they'd want to hold onto it.
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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
You could always release Blue Planet as standalone and find out the hard way  :nervous:

 

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
Most likely Nordic Games have them, because they buy every IP that is on the market.  :rolleyes:

But i hope not  :)
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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
derek smart Derek Smart DEREK SMART hinted on his discord that the asking price for Freespace's IP was a pretty significant amount, but he refused to disclose what kind of range it was exactly.

So
It's entirely possible that nobody won the bid; Interplay may have been looking for a certain minimum that they failed to get. After all, their IP library is still making them money, so unless they got an offer good enough to offset that, they'd want to hold onto it.
may very well be true.
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Offline CT27

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
Some said some IPs were bundled together.  Was that true or was Freespace's IP able to be bought separately (whether or not it was actually bought)?

 

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
AFAIK all the IPs were bundled together, but Interplay was playing things very close to the chest, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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<MageKing17> "There's probably a reason the code is the way it is" is a very dangerous line of thought. :P
<MageKing17> Because the "reason" often turns out to be "nobody noticed it was wrong".
(the very next day)
<MageKing17> this ****ing code did it to me again
<MageKing17> "That doesn't really make sense to me, but I'll assume it was being done for a reason."
<MageKing17> **** ME
<MageKing17> THE REASON IS PEOPLE ARE STUPID
<MageKing17> ESPECIALLY ME

<MageKing17> God damn, I do not understand how this is breaking.
<MageKing17> Everything points to "this should work fine", and yet it's clearly not working.
<MjnMixael> 2 hours later... "God damn, how did this ever work at all?!"
(...)
<MageKing17> so
<MageKing17> more than two hours
<MageKing17> but once again we have reached the inevitable conclusion
<MageKing17> How did this code ever work in the first place!?

<@The_E> Welcome to OpenGL, where standards compliance is optional, and error reporting inconsistent

<MageKing17> It was all working perfectly until I actually tried it on an actual mission.

<IronWorks> I am useful for FSO stuff again. This is a red-letter day!
* z64555 erases "Thursday" and rewrites it in red ink

<MageKing17> TIL the entire homing code is held up by shoestrings and duct tape, basically.

 

Offline General Battuta

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
You could always release Blue Planet as standalone and find out the hard way  :nervous:

That's the hope!

 

Offline Luis Dias

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
Wait what? Are you willing to do that?

 

Offline General Battuta

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
Always wanted to, with the modpack crippled so you couldn't play the FS2 campaign if someone gave you the mission files.

 

Offline Luis Dias

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Re: What became of the Freespace IP?
I don't see how would that help in the slightest regarding the IP, tbh, although I do agree we would definitely become aware of who is in charge of it.