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Cryptic/Perfect World
« on: April 22, 2022, 12:05:29 AM »
I've not been playing a Cryptic game (whichever) as much as normal since before last Christmas (just having a very rare mmo break) and this news slipped right past me until I saw the name of Gearbox Publishing on the Neverwinter login page and did a google:

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Did Cryptic sell neverwinter?
The Embracer Group – Deep Silver, Gearbox, THQ etc – have delved in to their seemingly bottomless pockets once more and purchased Perfect World Entertainment, who in turn own Cryptic Studios, creators of Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. Dec 21, 2021

Alarm bells rang at first until I realized that this isn't any kind of first for Cryptic. If you've been playing any Cryptic games since Perfect World took over (whatever their role was, exactly), you probably won't miss them.

Perfect World still has their name plastered on a startup screen, the login screen, and I dunno where else.

It looks like Gearbox is sticking with Arc (sarcastic "yay") for support/forums/patch notes - it says "Gearbox" in Neverwinter's Arc at least. Not Perfect World.
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Re: Cryptic/Perfect World
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2022, 07:39:34 PM »
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Patch Notes: Version: NW.135.20220328a.11
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Publisher Update

Publisher iconography has been updated to Gearbox Publishing.



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Re: Cryptic/Perfect World
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2022, 07:12:07 PM »
Not suprised. I have read the press release and I saw something. they listed Star Trek and Neverwinter. Yet left champions out of the press release. I have never seen a mmo business show so much contempt for one of their games. While champions deservers so much of their bashing. It's not the games fault for how it became. It's cryptics fault for not putting money and resources into making any better. And now gearbox owns them, champions could very well shutdown. And it should.
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Re: Cryptic/Perfect World
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2022, 05:51:36 PM »
I don't get how this whole thing with video game developers and publishers works. I mean, I was going to say that Gearbox doesn't actually own Cryptic but then I got to thinking that NCLimpSoft was only a publisher for Cryptic, once, but yet was able to shut down CoH.

However it works I'm thinking that this isn't a step down for Cryptic. May be a step up. Gearbox is a 'merican company with a parent company that has over 100 studios under it. Some further googling also revealed they seem partial to preserving classic games. I read something that said they own Dark Horse comics, too.

Wiki says this about Gearbox's parent company, Embracer "At an early age, Swedish entrepreneur Lars Wingefors (edit:Head Dude at Embracer) began successfully selling a diverse range of products, including Christmas magazines and plastic bags, and when he was 13 years old, he founded LW Comics, a company that sold second-hand comic books.[5][6]"

Whereas Perfect World is (was?) a China based company that didn't really seem very invested in Cryptic.

Embracer seems to have the cash, too.. (also from Wiki) "In December 2021, Embracer launched its intent to acquire Asmodee for €2.75 billion, as to incorporate it wholly as Embracer's ninth operational group and allowing Embracer to expand into the board game market.[52] That same month, Embracer also acquired Perfect World Entertainment, including its publishing arm and Cryptic Studios, from the Perfect World holding group and Perfect World Europe, for $103 million. Once approved, Perfect World Entertainment would become part of the Gearbox division.[53] It further acquired Dark Horse Media, the parent company for Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment, establishing Dark Horse as its tenth operating division.

Oh wait, what was that about Perfect World...?

So, yeah. May be a step up for Cryptic.
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