An executive producer of the Stargate TV series has cast serious doubt on the future of the licensed Stargate Worlds MMO, saying that its failure to appear is "a terrible shame".
Brad Wright, who also worked as creative consultant on the game, was asked what the game's status was by the GateWorld fansite.
"We don't know," he said. "It's a shame. If it doesn't happen - and, let's be honest, it should be happening now if it was happening - it's a shame. It's a terrible shame."
Stargate Worlds was in production at a new studio, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, funded by a new publisher, FireSky. Both companies were created specifically to undertake this project.
"They had an opportunity and they got our support, and they obviously had significant funding, and it didn't happen," said Wright.
"It's kind of a drag for the fans and the time that we invested - what little of it there really was, in comparison to what they did - was still a shame that it was wasted, because it should have happened."
Stargate Worlds is reportedly still in development, but Cheyenne has had funding problems, being sued for unpaid bills and attacked for not paying its staff. At least the "days since Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment employees have been paid" website has now been taken offline.
"Like many start ups, we face the same cash-flow issues that all pre-revenue companies face," the developer said late last year, confirming that it was seeking additional funding.
Wright's pessimism may be premature, but his lack of awareness of the current state of the game will be troubling to Stargate fans. Check out the Stargate Worlds gamepage for more information.