Not interested enough to read the entire thread, but I find it disgusting that this has devolved into a legal battle which potentially will be problematic for both the new games in development.
If I hadn't already founded, I would certainly waited before putting money down at this point.
Yeah, I'm wondering if there are refund opportunities if this continues. I'm not necessarily asking for one, but I know others may.
In their new blog post they are drawing a strawman from the statement that Paul & Fred didn't create the classic games. I am saddened to see lawyers taking over to broadcast official statements for Stardock that totally discredit Paul & Fred.
This is especially troubling for me. After reading the language in the Stardock complaint, I'm very hopeful that the 1988 Agreement works in Paul and Fred's favor and allows both games to continue on with development.
It's known that Atari didn't quite understand what they sold in the past and have already remedied that with the GOG mixup a few years ago... also, as someone who knew people who worked for them, I wouldn't be surprised if they fucked something up when they sold all their assets.
I would also be curious if Paul and Fred or someone else involved with them is a founder for this and on the forum reading these things. I would exercise caution.
That said, I'm with the authors of the universe. The gameplay is one thing, but the universe and story of Paul and Fred is what I'm most interested in.
The gameplay of SC1 and SC2 are ok... but what really made it stand out was the story. As a die hard fan of Douglas Adams, Fred and Paul rank up there with their sci-fi narrative and execution. I didn't really play much SC3 because the story was whatever... it missed all the marks that made SC2 great.
I will gladly play the final SCO game, but the expansion on the Ur-Quan/Precursor story is what gets me excited. I could care less what the game is called.