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EF2 Doomed?

By Phenix (FN Old) 21 years ago, last updated 7 years ago

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From the Ritualistic website: [QUOTE]According to this press release on Yahoo ( http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030701/latu062a_1.html ), Activision has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Paramount's parent company Viacom. Activision claims that Viacom's lack of support for Star Trek's movie and television franchises has caused "significant damage" to Activision. Here's a clip: [QUOTE]In its complaint, which was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California on June 30, 2003, Activision accused Viacom of breaching its fundamental promise to continue exploiting the Star Trek franchise consistent with its practice at the time the agreement was signed in 1998. "Activision cannot successfully develop and sell Star Trek video games without the product exploitation and support promised by Viacom. A continuing pipeline of movie and television production, and related marketing, is absolutely crucial to the success of video games based on a property such as Star Trek," charged Activision in its court filings. [/QUOTE] The report goes on to state that Activision has terminated the license agreement with Viacom. Though Activision representatives have stated repeatedly that new Star Trek games are in development, it is unknown how these projects will be affected by this development. [/QUOTE] And resently there was a response from Viacom (quoted from http://www.gamespot.com/all/news/news_6070866.html): [QUOTE]The media giant accuses Activision of using the courts to renegotiate the 1998 Star Trek game license, which has cost the publisher $11 million so far. Stating that it is "disappointed" with Activision following a five-year "fruitful collaboration," Viacom has denied Activision's allegations that the media company wasn't doing enough to support the Star Trek franchise. The dispute over Star Trek's recent and future growth is the basis of Activision's announcement yesterday that it has terminated its Star Trek game license and filed a lawsuit. Viacom pointed to the 14 Star Trek-themed products released since 1998 as proof of the deal's success and asserted that the Star Trek franchise continues to enjoy widespread popularity. Viacom suggested that "Activision appears to be trying to use the courts in an effort to renegotiate a deal it made in 1998 to secure the rights to the valued Star Trek franchise for interactive games." Activision has confirmed that the recent legal moves mean that the publisher has no plans to develop more Star Trek games. A Bloomberg report on the subject has revealed that, of the $20 million in licensing royalties scheduled to be paid over 10 years, Activision has already paid Viacom $11 million as a part of the agreement. Viacom has earned an additional $10 million from the deal from Activision stock warrants granted in the deal. By Sam Parker, GameSpot [POSTED: 07/02/03 12:07 PM] [/QUOTE] Is this the end of EF2? Will there be a X-pack now? Will the GDK be released? Will there be anymore good Star Trek games? --> Who knows...
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