It’s now been four months since Linux Game Publishing saw its new CEO, but there’s been no announcements since the decade-old company saw some new blood at the healm.
It was at the end of January that Michael Simms, the founder and original CEO of Linux Game Publishing had stepped down after suffering burn out and not much coming out of the company in recent years. Taking over Linux Game Publishing was Clive Crous. Four months ago from yesterday, Clive blogged about the new work and his “great plans for Linux Game Publishing.”
Part of his blog post mentioned, “As for new games: Yes, we have some in the pipeline! With all that has happened, there have obviously been delays. We have two announced titles that everyone is aware of, namely Disciples 2: Dark Prophecy and Bandits: Phoenix Rising. I’m happy to say that there will be an announcement regarding one of them soon. There are also other unannounced titles we’re working on and I’m really looking forward to reaching the point where we can announce those to you.”
Sadly, there’s been no announcements yet. I’ve also e-mailed Clive for any updates but have yet to hear anything. Additionally, the LGP blog hasn’t seen any new activity. Should they still proceed with Dark Prophecy or Bandits: Phoenix Rising, the sales will be hard to justify. These ports have been “in progress” by LGP for years but never released and the games already work well under Wine, the price LGP will likely sell them at is likely much more than the Windows copies, and the games are just so old — both games were released in 2002. While Clive talked of a new LGP port, Michael Simms in H1’2011 was also talking of a new LGP game that hasn’t yet materialized.
With more games coming to Linux now thanks to the successful Humble Indie Bundles, Kickstarter-financed games, Steam coming to Linux, etc, Linux Game Publishing is in a very tough and diminishing spot. At least though they have been able to keep their server up in recent months.