Derek Smart is certainly a man with strong opinions (that's about as politely as we can put it without incurring the wrath of the lawyers), and it's no secret that he isn't too impressed with the current state of the gaming industry and the role of the publishers in particular. So perhaps it shouldn't come as any great surprise to learn that Dr Smart is cutting out the middle man, with his new game Battlecruiser Millenium now set to be sold exclusively through Electronics Boutique and its attendant website.
"I got sick and tired of staring at laughable publishing offers", Derek explained in his own inimitable idiom. "Since I didn't rely on publisher dollars for my development, I could pretty much do what the heck I like. As I've always done. So, I pretty much did what everyone expects me to do : something out of the ordinary. I turned down several offers and decided to cut out everyone from the middle and went straight to the folks who actually sell the damn products anyway. The retailer."
Whether the move will pay off remains to be seen, but as the Battlecruiser series has a small but fiercely loyal following it may just work out for the best. To find out more, head over to the 3000 AD website.
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