So Codemasters want Al Lowe to remake LSL1 to prove he/his team can do it before they let him make an original LSL title. And only then will they release the rights, rather than give him a budget to work with to produce a new title straight up - presumably Codemasters are still getting the profits from both possible games? What weird video-game company beauracracy.
"Hi, I'm Al Lowe, I invented LSL. I'd like to make a new one."
"LSL? Let me check with accounts. Yeah do we have an um, LSL there? Huh? Oh, it was a computer game? Yes I've got a man here who claims he wants to make a new one. Thanks. Sorry sir, apparently we'll need to see a demo first before we can discuss this further. Did you say you make videogames?"
He and Jane Jensen should be getting deals straight out IMO. I suppose going it alone and just trying to re-aquire rights is worth helping to fund. It could almost be interesting to see this begin to dismantle the mainstream video-game scene a little, point n click genre has always been good at that - re-writing the books
No damage, I just mean in terms of studio focus towards these kind of projects, they won't take that risk - which gives the smaller studio the oppurtunity to flourish. P&C has a big garden with several big guard dogs in it, luckily keeping the harsh finger of mainstream gaming at bay for a long time, hopefully further still.
But goddamn. Yes watering it down is right, I swear all news now is just kickstarter projects. I'm guuilty too
This is a good way to help society. My friend is disabled and needs 20,000 to be able to walk again via an operation in America. I need 2000 to get my business working. You can see why 500k and 3m point & click kickstarter projects piss me off as much as impress me.