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#174780 - 07/13/07 10:50 AM Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking!
Carla Offline
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I couldn't believe my eyes today when I went to the Microids Site and I found that is alive again!
Not a lot to look at for the moment,but I think is an excellent good start, and maybe we can start hoping for the 3rd and last installment of the saga started with Post Mortem and Still Life...
Fingers crossed!
A bit of information about Microids:
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Microïds was founded in 1985 by Elliot Grassiano. For the first 10 years, Microïds were a development house, but in 1995 they expanded into publishing and distribution as well[2].

In 2003, Emmanuel Olivier created a new company called MC2. The aim of this was to fuse with, and aid Microïds, whom at that point in time were in bankruptcy.

In September 2003 MC2-Microïds acquired Wanadoo Edition. This was a part of Microïds moving out of a bankruptcy protection by the French government. From this deal, Wanadoo also became a 12% shareholder of Microïds[3].

In March 2005 Ubisoft acquired MC2-Microïds (Microïds Canada) and integrated it into Ubisoft's Montreal studios [4]. This deal only consisted of MC2-Microïds fifty employees and technical equipment and did not contain any Intellectual property[5].Following the Ubisoft/MC2 deal, Microïds would no longer be developing games, and would simply continue as a game publisher.

In April 2007, MC2 announced that they were working on Dracula 3 with Kheops Studio. In June 2007, MC2-Microids announced that they were working on a game called Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy. This game is due for release in the third quarter of 2007 and set in the 16th century


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#174783 - 07/13/07 10:59 AM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Carla]
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That's splendid news Carla! Thanks for telling us.

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#174797 - 07/13/07 11:23 AM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: texaslady]
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Oustanding news indeed, thanks Carla for the news update! Some of my favourite games were developed by Microids.
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#174804 - 07/13/07 11:41 AM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Butcher]
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Thanks for the very informative news, Carla!

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#174906 - 07/13/07 03:45 PM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: MaG]
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WOW..I thought they were long gone..

Good Info

Thanks Carla monky
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#175011 - 07/13/07 08:45 PM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Darleen03]
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Hi smile

Thanks for the news, Carla thumbsup

Be really great if we can get Microids games again sometime cool

Cheers.

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#175028 - 07/13/07 09:16 PM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Mad]
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Great news thanks Carla!

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#175062 - 07/13/07 11:39 PM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: Mad
Hi smile

Thanks for the news, Carla thumbsup

Be really great if we can get Microids games again sometime cool

Cheers.

Mad wave


I second that, i would love a Still Life 2.
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#175083 - 07/14/07 04:02 AM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Butcher]
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That is great news Carla. Thanks for the update.

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#175121 - 07/14/07 07:39 AM Re: Microids site still alive and kicking! [Re: Cathy1]
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Well spotted Carla - thanks for the info thumbsup

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#175165 - 07/14/07 08:48 AM Re: Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking! [Re: Carla]
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I am curious about this sentence...
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This deal only consisted of MC2-Microïds fifty employees and technical equipment and did not contain any Intellectual property

If by "Intellectual property" do they mean the rights to such games as, Syberia and Still Life, then who holds these rights?

Carla you wouldn't by chance have a link to this site would you?
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#175200 - 07/14/07 09:43 AM Re: Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking! [Re: GreyFuss]
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GreyFuss -- the site link is here.

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#175207 - 07/14/07 10:06 AM Re: Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking! [Re: Becky]
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Thank you Becky.

I see that it looks as if they have the rights to distribute Syberia, Still Life and Amerzone but curiously missing is Syberia 2 which I think XS Games has the PC distribution rights.

I am anxiously waiting for more information. Are they just a new distribution company or are they going into development and making games also? I hope the latter is true and the acquiring of the rights to continue the roles of Kate Walker and Victoria McPhearson.

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#175211 - 07/14/07 10:20 AM Re: Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking! [Re: GreyFuss]
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They aren't even a new distribution company. The development studio called Microïds Canada (the one that made Syberia, Still Life, etc.) closed down, but the parent French company MC2-Microids remained functional as a publisher and kept all the intellectual properties that it owned (namely, all the games Microids Canada made). And yes, GreyFuss, your interpretation of IP is correct. So the only thing that's apparently changed hasn't really changed, except that MC2-Microids (who existed all along) has become involved in publishing games again.

I'd never say never, but there's really no reason to think that Microids will start developing games of their own again. It's a big jump from being a distribution partner to funding an entire development studio and making new games. Of course, they could always outsource develoment if they wanted, since they do hold the original IP's. Still, I think it's more likely that they'll limit themselves to distributing in the foreseeable future.
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#175215 - 07/14/07 10:27 AM Re: Microids Site Still Alive and Kicking! [Re: Singer]
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Hi Singer! Thanks for the info. thumbsup

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