Court says "nein" to JoWood bankruptcy

Austrian publisher rebuffs attempt by Stargate SG-1 developer to have it declared insolvent, but future of game is unclear.

Earlier this month, Austrian publisher JoWood saw one of its more promising projects thrown into turmoil. That's when the company decided to end its agreement with Australian developer Perception to develop Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, based on the sci-fi television series. Perception retaliated with action in the Austrian courts, where it petitioned to have JoWood--which is in the midst of financial restructuring--declared bankrupt.

This week, a Vienna judge dismissed Perception's petition. According to a statement from JoWood, this was done on the grounds that "Perception itself has admitted that the delay of the game delivery was also caused by the failure of Perception although JoWooD has already paid the undisputable amount of EUR 5.5 Mio." For those unfamiliar with central European abbreviations, that's 5.5 million euros, or $6.87 million.

But while the ruling is clear, the future of Stargate SG-1: The Alliance is not. On August 5, JoWood claimed that it is the sole rights-holder to the game and had taken possession of all its source code and assets. But just one week later, Perception put out its own press release, saying it is "the official licensee of MGM on Stargate SG-1: The Alliance" and that "any suggestion that JoWooD has rights to Stargate SG-1: The Alliance upon termination of the contract is incorrect and not based on commercial or legal fact." Perception also said it was continuing work on the game unabated.

With the very completion of Stargate SG-1: The Alliance now up in the air, its American release is most definitely in limbo. It was slated to be distributed by Namco this fall for the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2.

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15 comments
sandspectre
sandspectre

Forget it. Anything that comes from JoWood is a disaster. Remember Gothic 3 (although the community save it with a huge patch), Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods (The same community that saved G3 is working on a huge patch for this game too), Painkiller: Overdose, Arx Fatalis (although it's a great game) and now the crappy ArcaniA: Gothic 4. I'm not even surprised that this has happened.

ukxxboi
ukxxboi

**cries** for the love of god yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

jamesb458
jamesb458

I was sooooooo looking forword to playing this game

LordLeckie
LordLeckie

@ckcdtixw hey its not our fault blame JoWood the last game they made was buggier than earths ecosystem, sigh i was so looking foward to finnally firing a staff weapon.

Jokul
Jokul

Damn! I was looking forward to this game

krachan
krachan

Damn! Why god why god?!

ckcdtixw
ckcdtixw

gahhhhhhhhhhhhh...i really wanted to play this game....it would be the only game i would have bought new lol.....dam aussi's and their silly fighting over profits

vxddavince
vxddavince

Hi, why do someone buy the source and make it finnish!!?

dylanbroek
dylanbroek

dammn it lookt like a great game ive got all the series on dvd so the game was gone have a nice story believe me .......

DemonWarriorOrb
DemonWarriorOrb

This totally bites!!! I mean come on it's one of the only games I would play that has shooting in it... and it would have rocked, but I guess all the fans can do is hope it still comes out with the same feel as the show and that if it gets a new developer that it will be up to par. None the less it's a shame this had to happen to one of the biggest sci-fi games, because it had such a huge target audience for the game and had the war aspects to take this game over the top!!! Demon_Warrior Orb

sen34
sen34

Well this is going to be a LOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG fight over profits... AGAIN

JamboBond
JamboBond

im not sure i think mgm may have taken over all material's and are considering a new developer but thats just hear say

184him
184him

But its still over isnt it?