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Jeff Vogel To Update Original Avernum
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

In a recent post on his blog, The Bottom Feeder, Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel revealed plans to release an updated version of the original Avernum. The update was mentioned in an article extolling the virtues of rereleasing games for newer hardware.

I own my own intellectual property (or, as the cool kids call it, IP).

Why is this so awesome? Because then I get to rewrite and rerelease my older games, letting me make a bunch of money for a small amount of work. For example, Exile: Escape From the Pit came out in 1995. Its first rewrite, Avernum, came out in 2000. So, in 2011, over a decade after its previous iteration, I plan to release a super flashy new version of Avernum, with really sharp new graphics and sounds, a new dungeon or three, and some nice new features added. It won't be a huge amount of work. It'll be a great new product. I will clean up.

I once wrote a game called Nethergate, which developed quite a cult following. Then, as time passed, it became very shaky and outdated. So, two years ago, I released Nethergate: Resurrection. It took two months to do it. I really liked this game, and putting out a newer, nicer version was very rewarding, both emotionally and financially.

A lot of people have complained to me over the years about doing this. I don't understand it. It's good for me and its good for players. There are several good reasons to exploit your old IP.
Read the full post at the page listed below.

The Bottom Feeder: Joy Of ReReleasing Games
Spiderweb Software

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