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Dark Comet Takes Up  Stargate Resistance

Dark Comet Takes Up Stargate Resistance

May 4, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

The circumstances surrounding shooter Stargate Resistance have been in flux amid internal conflict and bankruptcy for original publisher Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, but it appears the property has come into new hands.

Hoping to ameliorate its mounting debt, Cheyenne recently sold Stargate Resistance and its associated upkeep to Fresh Start Studios, described as a studio formed by "concerned shareholders." Facing mounting debt, Cheyenne was challenged to keep the property afloat.

A newly-formed company, Dark Comet Games, now says it's entered into an agreement with Cheyenne subsidiary FireSky to assume "development and expansion" of the game -- and the new LLC says it's made up of "original developers of Stargate Resistance."

FireSky still holds the Stargate license from MGM Studios, and says it "remains committed to the project." It's unclear what, if any, affiliation Dark Comet has with the previously-revealed Fresh Start Studios, or whether the founders of Dark Comet remain affiliated with Cheyenne Mountain.

Dark Comet says it plans to release a new map, new character models, weapons and other features "in the coming weeks," and says it will market the game with a new TV and web ad campaign in the months to come.

Cheyenne Mountain originally announced the shooter Stargate: Resistance as something of a stopgap measure to sustain the ongoing development of the long-in-the-works Stargate Worlds MMO.

Since then, however, Cheyenne Mountain -- which was founded in 2005 solely to develop the Stargate property -- has entered into legal conflict with its former chairman, Gary Whiting, and undergone bankruptcy proceedings.

FireSky has continued to maintain it remains alive and well as a subsidiary, and regularly reiterates its commitment to the MMO.

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