Beasts of War has word that Warcradle Studios has acquired the Firestorm, Dystopian, and Uncharted Seas franchises. You might know Warcradle as the current publisher of Wild West Exodus, and they’re the studio side of retailer and distributor Wayland Games.
Warcradle has published a PDF and a video that explains the acquisition, both accessible from the link up above. From that PDF:
Warcradle Studios is proud to announce it has acquired all rights and materials relating to the Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada and Uncharted Seas settings.
Dystopian Wars, Dystopian Legions, Armoured Clash, Firestorm Armada, Firestorm Planetfall and Uncharted Seas were created by the team at Spartan Games and we are excited to now be able to explore those settings further. We will also be developing and expanding on a large number of exciting scenic products to support those ranges.
The important takeaways are:
- Warcradle has not bought Spartan Games nor Rebel Publishing (Spartan’s former parent company), just the intellectual property.
- Warcradle is “actively looking” to bring all three franchises “to a wider audience” starting from 2018 onward, and plans to support organised play, too.
- The Halo games will not be continued by Warcradle. They haven’t acquired a licence for Halo Fleet Battles nor Halo Ground Command.
- Warcradle does not have any connection or obligation to any Kickstarter projects that Spartan Games previously ran, and cannot fulfill any existing pledges from those projects.
In the immediate future things will be slow as Warcradle sets up the design and production side of things, but from 2018 we should hear a lot more about how Firestorm (as well as the other franchises) will develop.
The reaction from the community seems to be that of cautious optimism, with the hope that Warcradle has learned from Spartan’s past, and will use that to take these franchises to a better place.