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Star Trek Infinite Space may get canceled November 4, 2011

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Games , trackback

The video game publisher Gameforge is eliminating 100 jobs and restructuring their company, which has affected several of their projects and could result in the cancellation of the Star Trek: Infinite Space video game. Details over the jump.

Gameforge says unless a co-publisher can be found for Star Trek: Infinite Space, they may be forced to stop development on it:

"Through a more efficient organizational structure, we can optimize our use of resources and great potential for further growth increase. This will strengthen our long term position in the dynamic market for online games."

"We take responsibility for our employees very seriously and strive to find a socially responsible solution for the affected team members," said Roesner.

Read the complete article at Gamasutra.


Comments

1. Pointing Out The Obvious - November 4, 2011

“Through a more efficient organizational structure, we can optimize our use of resources and great potential for further growth increase. This will strengthen our long term position in the dynamic market for online games.”

Translation:

“Our shareholders say we’re spending too much money and had to fire people to make them happy.”

2. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 4, 2011

Any american jobs lost?

3. Harry Ballz - November 4, 2011

Rosario, thank you for personally salvaging this site.

Somebody had to step up to the plate and I’m glad it was you!

4. Craiger - November 4, 2011

Maybe Rosario should take over the site?

5. Vultan - November 4, 2011

#2

I believe it’s a German company.

6. Jerry - November 4, 2011

There is no god :(

7. Capitalist Trekkie - November 4, 2011

#1.

You do realize that if a company can’t make money, they go out of business and everybody loses their jobs right? You also realize online games sometimes take years to develop before the company makes any money? You also realize that if a company is tight on money, they have to cut costs to survive, right?

Companies are in business to make money and if they can’t do that, they don’t stay in business wrong. In general, companies don’t like to fire people. That’s why when an economy is doing really well, there tends to be a lot of waste in big companies– they can afford to not fire inefficient employees because they are making great profits. But when economies are bad, and companies make less money, they have to let go of people to keep those who stay working.

In general, unless the company is unionized or has a seniority based employment system– hard working employees keep their jobs. Performance based. If someone is let go, and is worth their salt, they will be able to find a new job easier than those who are not. Those who don’t work hard, don’t deserve to be felt sorry for.

8. Ed - November 4, 2011

That sounds good, until you notice that it’s always the staff and line workers who get the shaft, and not the management. It’s like how all jobs seem to get offshored to places with lower wages, except for management jobs, even though managers could be hired for cheaper in, say, Japan or Europe. Funny how that works.

9. David Jones - November 4, 2011

One factor in the lack of market value for new Trek products and whatever is being dragged down by the locked in time Kirk & Spock trend that’s taken over the franchise.

When you focus on just revolving around the original cast, you limit and stagnate your boundries.

Such as Paramount has decided to take that route. Star Trek will never grow as long as we are reliving Kirk and Kahn.

10. C Mosenko - November 4, 2011

Has anyone tried the beta version? If so how is the beta version?

11. njdss4 - November 5, 2011

With STO going free-to-play, it kinda makes sense to cancel this game. Why have two F2P Star Trek games going at the same time?

12. Cervantes - November 5, 2011

I’m STILL campaigning for a TOS LEGO game!

Good to hear something from you Rosario.

13. Pensive's Wetness - November 5, 2011

*Claps* totally predictable. Logic states a two games in a market decidely with only the room for 1, will ensure the lesser quality game will die, for the needs of the other.

14. T2 - November 5, 2011

This is aggravating. Nothing will ever beat the disappointment of cancelling “The Secret of Vulcan Fury”, but this is also disappointing.

Ah, the good ol’ Activision days when there were many Trek games out at once…then again, there were also 2 television series and a movie or two to go along with it…

15. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - November 5, 2011

I agree with Harry ballz!! THANK YOU ROSARIO!!

16. Paul - November 5, 2011

Told ya not to put your hopes in Gameforge. It’s the very same company that bought a MMORPG Saga of Ryzom only to run it into the ground several months later. Didn’t expect anything good from them.

17. Shat Hands - November 5, 2011

Agree with Mr Balls, thank you Rosario.

Shame if this means the end for Infinite Space.

It seems the situation is grim.

18. Shat Hands - November 5, 2011

and I would fully back a campaign for a TOS Lego game #12

Maybe a petition?

19. Red Dead Ryan - November 5, 2011

(sings)

“This is the end….my only friend, the end!”

20. thevinci - November 5, 2011

One works in a browser and the other you have to download 26 gb to play

21. Jamesingeneva - November 6, 2011

Hey, I would have liked to have had this come to market. Not everyone has fancy gaming computers. Being browser based we at least had a chance to play something. Oh well.

22. RedTRek - November 6, 2011

#2,
I guess workers in the rest of the world losing their job is of less interest than the US ones?

23. Simon - November 6, 2011

#9 – I think every STAR TREK media experience should include *Khan* until people stop spelling it “Kahn”.

PS: Just because Montalban and Del Toro are both hispanic doesn’t mean they’ll be playing the same INDIAN character.

On topic: I would be VERY disappointed if this title was canceled. There isn’t much out there right now as far as TREK games go. I hope nothing happens to the one being developed by Digital Extremes.

24. BoltBait - November 7, 2011

Bummer, I was really looking forward to this. :(

25. Rosemary - November 8, 2011

I am confused. Is Infinite Space the game being developed to play on PS3 and X-Box 360?

26. RenderedToast - November 8, 2011

And nothing of value was lost.

27. Rastaman - November 10, 2011

Deep Space Nine gets the shaft again! I was looking forward to this. Yeah, free-to-play means it wasn’t going to be a masterpiece, but anything set in the Deep Space Nine universe is at least worth a gander.

28. David Cole - November 13, 2011

“Through a more efficient organizational structure, we can optimize our use of resources and great potential for further growth increase. This will strengthen our long term position in the dynamic market for online games.”

User “Pointing out the Obvious” above seems to be point blank on it.

The verbiage in the official statement is meandering and vague. And if everybody is laying off, who will be left to buy? So what can really increase? Not growth, not in the end…

29. rm10019 - November 15, 2011

25, No, that is just known for now as Star Trek, based on the JJ movie with and that is still on track as far as we know.

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