For all of us here in the community it is a granted fact that GC is still alive, it simply didn’t die in 2008, even if we almost lost contact with each other, the year 2011 brought with it the restoration of the past with a feeling of justice.
But what about everyone else? do they know Ground Control is still being played? what about all those people that still gave the copy of the game at home, they reinstall it to relive memories only to click on the multi-player button and feel that those good times belong in the already buried past? What is the point of the situation?
The Ground Control whereabouts seem to be at this time encircled in doubt, surrounded by a vortex field, we know where it lays although we cannot “hit” it. In an attempt to see something beyond the silence of the years we decided to asked of whom has the “rights” to answer some questions.Original text sent to Rebellion Developments:
“I have a blog dedicated to the game Ground Control 1 with a decent amount of followers, in this line of thought I would like to make a short article about a possible future for Ground Control1.
My question is as follows: Since 2009, year that Rebellion acquired the rights of Ground Control 1, after making the game available on GOG.com that we don’t have news about future plans for this fantastic game. What is in your view the future for GC? is it plausible to believe on an HD remastering like Homeworld 1 & 2 ? Is there any other information that you can advance on some projects related to this game?”
Gearhead – Community Manager for Massive, “Fate of Ground Control”, 20 November 2008, in Massgate forums.
“Fate of Ground Control
It is with infinite sadness that we inform you that following recent events, the rights to the Ground Control franchise no longer belong to Massive Entertainment. The property rights are currently held by our former owner. The Ground Control games, servers and future products are no longer in the hands of Massive Entertainment.
This forum will remain open for now.
That was how Massive Entertainment decided to let the world know about the transfer of Ground Control series rights to another owner.
Continuing, the merger of Vivendi Games with Activision in 2008 to form Activision Blizzard left many of former Vivendi Games properties looking for new owners, including Ground Control. In July 2009 Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley confirmed that from that date they own the rights to release several former Vivendi Games titles.
Since then, we’ve seen that Rebellion made Ground Control available for purchasing on GOG.com, a rather useless “opportunity” for gamers since the GC1 is available to download for free in a totally legal way, it only justifies your effort if you are curious on GC1 expansion: Dark Conspiracy(2001).
On an interview given in 2009 to a website Rebellion CEO stated the following:
“It’s one thing to re-release old games but does Rebellion have any plans to make new entries in their newly acquired Vivendi Games properties? Kingsley stated, “Yes, we have complete ownership of the IP from the past and going forwards, so yes we’re putting our plans together for new titles in each series.” He would not state which games would get that treatment, saying, “Exactly what and when is currently up for discussion, as we’re super busy on Aliens vs Predator for Sega and Rogue Warrior for Bethesda.”in http://news.bigdownload.com/2009/07/14/exclusive-rebellion-ceo-reveals-plans-for-new-entries-in-former/
Given this it is only legit to ask:
“Since 2009, year that Rebellion acquired the rights of Ground Control 1, after making the game available on GOG.com that we don’t have news about future plans for this fantastic game. What is in your view the future for GC? is it plausible to believe on an HD remastering like Homeworld 1 & 2 ? Is there any other information that you can advance on some projects related to this game?”
The answers to these questions were rather disappointing but at the same time coherent with the silence of the years (2009-2014). Reason why we felt in a metaphoric way that GC is screaming for help.
Original answer from Rebellion:
Thanks for your support, unfortunately we cannot confirm anything for the Ground Control series as of yet.
We throw back these questions and open the debate into the community (once more I know!). What do you think has been done in almost 5 years now? what can we expect from rebellion taking in count this rather disappointing answer, specially after promising to continue the legacy of the tittles they acquired? Have we done more for Ground Control in these 3 years than Rebellion in 5? can we take any conclusions? Share with us what are your thoughts on this.
Over and out,