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Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Shadowbane Loses Publisher
6:00 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

One of the A-list titles we are looking forward to with great pleasure is Shadowbane, which will be the first 3D MMORPG to ship with support for the Mac OS. Unfortunately the developer Wolfpack Studios has encountered an unwelcome change of plans -- according to fansite Crossroads of Shadowbane, Shadowbane has quietly been dropped from prospective publisher Gathering of Developers' list of future releases.

Although many might see this as cause for alarm, a Wolfpack spokesperson assured Crossroads of Shadowbane that work on the title would continue, and that it would be released in the future, though by what means was not specified. The report on Crossroads also hints that Gathering of Developers and their owner Take Two Interactive may be in some financial straits, though we have seen no corroborating evidence to suggest that this is the case.

We have contacted the Wolfpack team to confirm that work on the Mac OS version of this game will continue. In the meantime, here is a statement made by "Warden" of Wolfpack:

...We're telling you, flat out, that we aren't in a position to talk right now. I realize that a lot of people have doubts, and thats unfortunate.. more unfortunate, perhaps, because there's not really much I can do about it.

In the meantime, beta continues to move forward, we're hiring new people on a weekly basis, and no one at Wolfpack seems worried. Let me be very clear on this point : Shadowbane WILL be released. We are not concerned for the future of this product.

While this is reassuring, those of us anticipating the Mac OS version of this game (which is keeping parity with the PC version in simultaneous development) find the situation a little chilling, as not all PC publishers are as Mac-friendly as Gathering of Developers has been in the past. If the title was picked up by another major PC house such as Activision or Electronic Arts, Wolfpack may have a challenge convincing them that a Mac OS version of the title would be worth releasing and supporting. We'll continue to investigate the issue, but ultimately we do have faith that a Mac version of this title will indeed reach the market. For information on Shadowbane itself visit the official web site, the Crossroads of Shadowbane fan site or browse through our long list of related articles.

Shadowbane Web Site
Past Articles on Shadowbane
Crossroads of Shadowbane
Wolfpack Studios

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