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Offline Tryjo

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Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« on: 28 April 2009 03:20 PM »
On April 30th, Bethesda Softworks will officially close down their Star Trek site and forums. 

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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #1 on: 28 April 2009 03:24 PM »
Haha - well there is a shock.  Did'nt exactly take them long to do that, I thought they would keep it for at least another year or two.....


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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #2 on: 30 April 2009 11:40 PM »
I'm not surprised, they seemed to want to forget about the game right after they released it

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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #3 on: 01 May 2009 09:04 AM »
And its closed now.  What I found most disappointing was the actions of the comunity on those forums just prior to the closure.

They were going around breaking all the rules, posting rude topics, swearing, flaming - even the so called "moderators" - such a shame.

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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #4 on: 02 May 2009 12:23 AM »
And its closed now.  What I found most disappointing was the actions of the comunity on those forums just prior to the closure.

They were going around breaking all the rules, posting rude topics, swearing, flaming - even the so called "moderators" - such a shame.

I'm sure that convinced Bethesda that they were making a mistake

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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #5 on: 02 May 2009 11:46 AM »
Never saw any of that happen. When you think about it, kind of everyone knew within the last moments of that site that all hell would break lose over there. Its no real shock that people do that. When all hell breaks out, you see people taking advantage of the situation (looting, vandalism, running around acting like they aint got no momma's etc).

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Bethesda most likely shut it down as their license was up or almost up. They had a license, they didnt have the franchise till death do us part... The site most likely had a lease on the domain name and webspace and with their license not covering the new movie, it made sense to shut it down.

At the end of the day, Bethesda is a business. A business that has costs associated with it. They dont make games for free, they cost alot of money (wages, development costs, upkeep etc).Legacy was a business decision that was also a game.

If you look at Legacy as a business prospect, its common business practice: outsourcing. They outsourced development on all their ST titles thus providing an influx of new games from multiple developers. Some of them did better than others but as much as many people would hate, Legacy was the most successful of the lot.

Outside the US, Legacy did pretty well. So well that it stayed in the premium pricing range in many countries for quite some time after the heavy discounting of the game in the US. It didnt do too well on the PC but the 360 sales were consistent and kept selling. Where I live, its almost impossible to find the PC version of Legacy as it was withdrawn (aka discontinued). However the 360 version is available and is a consistent seller.

Legacy certainly was by no means the worst game in existence as so many people made it out to be. I think many people should go out and play a game called 'Two Worlds' (set up to be an Oblivion beater) then go play Legacy and we will see if the 'Legacy is 'censored'' statements sticks...


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Re: Bethesda Softworks Closing Down ST Site & Forum
« Reply #6 on: 02 May 2009 01:40 PM »
Well yes you are right, Bethesda havent had the license for several months so I think alot of folks knew they were going to shut it down.

I just hope that Paramount Digital and CBS Consumer Products will announce soon what they intend to do with regards to Star Trek Gaming.   My gut says its going to be kept in house for a while with games published by their own publishing arm and developed by third party company - this was the formula used before Activision came onto the scene in 2000/01 - and it seemed to work so I can see it happening again.

Either that, or another big company will snap up the license, Atari perhaps, given their current interests with STO, or maybe another round with Activision.