The only online video game that developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment managed to release before going bankrupt is now six feet under. Stargate: Resistance was officially taken offline last weekend.
As we told you back in November, MGM opted not to extend the company’s license for the Stargate brand when it expired (story). While Cheyenne Mountain had laid off its staff and entered bankruptcy proceedings, some of its leadership transferred game assets to a new company — Dark Comet Games — to release Resistance and continue to support it for players. The move resulted in further litigation against Dark Comet by other CME shareholders (though it did get the first-ever video game based on the 13-year-old television franchise to market).
Dark Comet stopped selling new subscriptions to Resistance in November, and notified players that the servers would have to be shut down after January 15.
There is no offline component of the game for those who have purchased it since the February 2010 release.
The game’s official Web site is now offline, and StargateWorlds.com — official site for the much larger and more ambitious online RPG — has been replaced with a notice to shareholders and this statement to Resistance customers:
As we indicated in our previous announcement, as of January 16, 2011, we are unfortunately no longer able to sell or operate Stargate Resistance. We are actively evaluating options for Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, Inc. and its products, and will update you as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for your continued support.
Many of the original principals in Cheyenne Mountain still hold out hope that the company can be restarted after bankruptcy proceedings (and the numerous lawsuits surrounding company leadership and the handling of assets). Any glimmer of future hope for Stargate Worlds and Stargate Resistance, however, would require a restoration of the license by MGM and a not insignificant amount of new investment dollars.
Is this the final chapter in this long and sordid tale? Stick with GateWorld for any future updates on the state of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and the Stargate video games.