Answers are Coming!(R)
Actually, they have already come, except for the ACTUAL RELEASE DATE.
Here's the thing: Don't go running off to piratebay for a copy of the game just yet, simply because they said "oh hey we get to give this out to you guys so here, but you gotta wait".
It won't work that way. Only the version Mektek is going to release will be authorized as the free release...
Hopefully it isn't news to anyone.
Also, regarding the Mechwarrior reboot's legal issues... I have found a post that may be a bit disturbing
for some unseen fans such as I:
I'm closing down this thread because you guys just don't seem to understand.http://www.mektek.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=140841&pid=1161063&mode=threaded&start=100#entry1161063
HG has all the proper international legal rights to stop any company (or any one in general if they wanted) from using those designs anywhere around the world (except Japan, because thats where another company has the rights).
Just because the court case happened in Japan doesn't mean its limited to Japan. The actual owner of the images just happens to live in Japan, thats where HG had to go to get the rights for those images, though they don't have exclusive rights as there is another company involved and thats who FASA went to. Thats where FASA went to go get the rights to use those same designs. But they should have talked to both HG and the other company at the same time about the international/North American rights to those images, but they didn't. HG took FASA to court for using their internationally legally protected images to make a profit. HG won because of they legally did everything right. FASA lost because, while they tried to do everything right, they only went to one company and that company gave them rights they were not legally able to give them.
What HG did this time around, was legally everything they were suppose to do. When they seen the warhammer walking around in that trailer they sent out C&D letters to everyone involved, including those hosting the videos, and those who made the video.
The image/design of the mech is a lot like the HG image/design. I've heard many numbers over the years on how much an image can change before its considered original, 30% 40% 50%. I don't know what the actual number is but to me, and untrained eye, that designed looked very close to the HG image/design and HG thought so too and since all the legal stuff had not been cleared as we had all thought it was, HG is doing what is legally allowed to protect their legally owned internationally protected copyright on those images.
Like it or not, HG is legally allowed to do what they are doing. They are protecting their legally protected international copyright on those image/designs.
What does this mean for the future of the unseen? I don't know, my hope is that everyone that needs to be involved can sit down and talk and reach an agreement that would make everyone money and even better, make the fans of the unseen very happy.
And on a side note, no they don't own the rights to those names so, S&T could use radically new and different designs with those names and no one could say anything about it.
Not that it is what I agree with or would like to mention. Some people still want to argue, so they made another thread (which will probably be locked)