The beleaguered studio behind long-in-the-offing MMO Stargate Worlds has been stripped of the franchise license by owners MGM Studios.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the studio making the Stargate Worlds MMO, has succumbed to bankruptcy and called in the receivers, according to an open letter to shareholders on its website (thanks, Voodoo Extreme).
The Stargate MMO, Stargate Worlds, appears to have been sidelined in favour of a freshly-announced multiplayer shooter called Stargate Resistance, reports Massively.
Things aren't looking too good for Stargate Worlds, the MMO based on the popular TV series and film. The chief executive of developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has indicated that the company is in dire funding straits.
Publisher FireSky has said "the lights are still on" for Stargate Worlds and that "development continues", but does admit to being "significantly impacted" by the credit crunch.
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".
Ten Ton Hammer reports that Stargate Worlds developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment is being sued for not paying bills from a supplier.
The studio developing Stargate Worlds has confirmed the MMO is still in development - despite the fact staff aren't currently being paid.
Big Download is reporting that the closed beta test for Stargate Worlds is due to start next week, on 15th October.
You can register for the beta test of the science-fiction MMO, licensed from the film and TV series, over at the official site.
Stargate Worlds is being developed by new studio Cheyenne Mountain and new publisher FireSky, both based, improbably, in Arizona.
Few licences have ever been as suitable for an MMO as Stargate SG-1. The very premise that enabled MGM's sci-fi show to run for ten years without running out of new ideas - that is, travelling between a near-infinite network of planets through wormhole-connected gates and usually blowing up whatever's there - provides an endless, running source of material with which to fill up a truly massive online world. In addition, Stargate Worlds' purpose-built developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has a ready-made and well-loved universe of carefully-constructed, fully fleshed-out science-fiction as a backdrop for its game. The developers really are spoiled for inspiration.
Stargate Worlds, the science fiction MMO based on the cult Egyptology-in-space film and TV series, has opened registration for its closed beta-testing phase.
You can sign up now at the official site. The early bird catches the worm, but the earlier bird signed up to the Stargate Worlds forum ages ago, and thus got a chance to register for beta last week.
We think Stargate Worlds sounds quite interesting, especially the minigame-based archeologist support class.
WarCry has published an interesting preview of one of the more elusive MMOs currently in development: Cheyenne Mountain's Stargate Worlds, based on the cult science fiction film and TV series.
Few details on the MMO have been made public since the basics were laid out a year ago.
In the preview, studio head Dan Elggren explained that the game is influenced by both MMORPG and FPS design, but ultimately "feels not like an MMO, it feels not like a shooter, it feels like something fun and unique".
Cheyenne Mountain has revealed that Stargate Worlds is now in full production and due for release sometime in 2008.
Just a week after Australian developer Perception cancelled its almost-finished Stargate SG-1 game, a new MMORPG based on the hit TV series has been announced.