|United fan sites achieve victory: Heroes V saved!|
|30 January 2006|
|Heroes V: News Suppression Pact|
|26 January 2006|
|Fans petition UbiSoft not to rush Heroes of Might and Magic V|
|26 January 2006|
|Might and Magic Tribute comes to Castle Gobs|
|1 February 2005|
MMT News - Because of the long absence of Sir Felgar, the MMT team have chosen Ribannah as our new Project Lead. She will stay on as lead game designer as well, although some tasks will be delegated to other developers.
|Domain for Castle Gobs|
|10 August 2004|
Castle Gobs - Ribannah says:
"Today, Castle Gobs gets its own domain here at castlegobs.nl. At the old location, the site will be discontinued.
|Might and Magic Tribute team opens webpages|
|8 February 2004|
MMT Forums - Sir Felgar announces:
"After a long wait, the Might & Magic Tribute website has finally arrived!
|Might and Magic Tribute public forums open|
|11 October 2003|
TELP - Sir Felgar writes:
"Just to let everyone know that we are in the process of creating a website for the MMT project. In the meantime we have opened up the MMT public forums where you can find all the latest news for the project and post any questions, suggestions and feedback you may have.
|UbiSoft buys Heroes / Might and Magic|
|Thursday August 14, 2003, 6:45 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some of the assets of bankrupt video game publisher 3DO Co. were sold at auction on Thursday, with Ubi Soft Entertainment and the U.S. arm of Namco Ltd. among the winning bidders.
Howard Gould, an attorney for British game developer Eutechnyx, said the assets of the game "Street Racing Syndicate," being developed by his client for 3DO, were sold to Namco Hometek for just over $1.5 million in a hearing at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco.
"My client is very happy," Gould said.
He also said that the assets of the "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" fantasy games were sold to Ubi Soft to $1.3 million.
Gould said no one made a bid to acquire all of the company's assets, which was an option available to bidders.
The disposition of the remaining assets was not immediately clear.
3DO filed for bankruptcy on May 28 after struggling with weak sales. The company frequently relied on its founder and chief executive, long-time industry leader Trip Hawkins, for funding to keep its operations going.
|UbiSoft Lead Bidder|
for Might and Magic & Heroes block
|7 August 2003|
|3DO - UbiSoft has acquired the status of Lead Bidder for the Heroes of Might and Magic block (which includes the Might and Magic RPG series) for the upcoming auction. The list of Qualified Bidders (the competition) has not been published yet.|
|8 August, Reuters: "French video game publisher Ubi Soft Entertainment UBIP.PA has been designated the lead bidder for bankrupt game publisher 3DO Co.'s THDOQ.PK "Might and Magic" assets, according to papers posted on Friday.|
The agreement with Ubi Soft, one of seven companies to qualify by Wednesday's deadline as bidders for 3DO's properties, was posted on 3DO's bankruptcy Web site and listed a purchase price of $1.3 million for the assets.
Under the terms of the sale procedures set by the Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco, 3DO was required by Friday to post any lead bids on its Web site. Bidders were able to make offers on various game asset groups or on 3DO's assets as a whole.
The "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" games have a long history on the PC, where they have been consistently popular with fans of fantasy games and other genres.
3DO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 28 and said it would seek to sell its assets. The bankruptcy auction is scheduled for Thursday.
According to the sales procedures, the initial overbid on the "Might and Magic" assets would have to be 4 percent higher than Ubi Soft's offer. Subsequent overbids after the initial one would have to increase in $25,000 increments."
|NWC studio closes shop|
|18 July 2003|
|SOLVANG, USA - At the end of today, Jon van Caneghem closed the New World Computing studio in Solvang that had been part of the now bankrupt 3DO company. 3DO bougth NWC in 1996. They had paid the rent for the offices until this point.|
|Sir Felgar releases demo level|
|9 July 2003|
TELP - Sir Felgar writes:
"Many months ago I posted in the tavern about the possibility of the fans getting together to produce a fan-made MM "tribute" game. At that time I'd started to code a demo that I hoped to release at some point.
|3DO hires Alliant Partners|
to explore asset sale
|Wed June 18, 2003, 07:38 PM ET|
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bankrupt video game publisher 3DO Co. THDOQ.PK on Wednesday said it had hired Alliant Partners to advise it as it prepares to sell off its assets or reorganize. Redwood City, California-based 3DO, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 28, said Alliant Chief Executive Jim Kochman would handle the evaluation.
3DO, founded by industry veteran Trip Hawkins, is best known for its extensive series of "Army Men" games and the "High Heat" baseball franchise.
Financial analysts have ascribed little value to 3DO's assets, though the company has received positive notices in particular for the in-development game "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
|TELP's 1.3 patch for MM9 released|
|14 June 2003|
"Thanks to everyone for their patience. I had initially thought that I could turn out a quick patch in a month. Well, the game was much messier than I could have imagined. Fortunately, kkc came out with his patch and took the pressure off me. The game would have been long dead if not for his work. A toast to kkc. Cheers!"
|3DO files for Chapter 11|
|Seeking to sell!|
|Wed May 28, 2003, 10:07 PM ET|
By Ben Berkowitz
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Video game publisher 3DO Co. THDO.O on Wednesday said it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and would seek to sell either the company or its assets.
Redwood City, California-based 3DO, which has struggled to gain a foothold in the competitive games business and has relied on Chief Executive Trip Hawkins for recent funding, said it filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in northern California.
In a statement, Hawkins said 3DO was pursuing either a sale of the company or its assets and expected to continue to operate as it worked through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
"This filing gives us more time to complete transactions in the interest of our stakeholders," Hawkins said in a statement. "While we hope that this news will generate additional new opportunities, at this point we are focused on pursuing either the sale of the entire company or the sale of its assets."
The company had said two weeks ago it was exploring its options, including a merger or selling publishing rights to its games in progress, after a sales drop in the March quarter left it unable to fully tap its credit facility.
On May 8, in documents filed with securities regulators, 3DO said it had warned its staff of mass layoffs that were expected to be conducted in July.
In a research note in February assessing the state of the industry and the financial prospects of the publicly traded game companies, Banc of America Securities analyst Gary Cooper said 3DO had no value as an acquisition target.
The company, which has been criticized in the gaming press for its multiple "Army Men" games, has drawn attention for the game "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," a violent adventure title. It has also been praised for its "High Heat" baseball game franchise.
Shares in 3DO closed up 9 cents at $1.33 on the Nasdaq before the bankruptcy filing was announced. The company avoided being delisted from the Nasdaq last year by conducting a one-for-eight reverse split of its stock.
Hawkins, who founded 3DO in the early 1990s, became an industry legend for starting Electronic Arts Inc. ERTS.O , now the world's largest independent games publisher, in the 1980s.
In December, Hawkins himself agreed to provide the company a bridge loan of up to $10 million.
The executive, educated at Harvard and with a work background at Apple Computer Inc. AAPL.O , is well-known in the industry for his passion and high-profile projects.
In the book "Game Over," author David Sheff recounts the tale of a 1989 meeting at EA during which, under pressure from financial advisers, Hawkins removed his shoe and began pounding it on the table, in the style of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
However, 3DO was started not as a games company, but rather as a game-console designer. It created the specifications and underlying technologies and then licensed them to companies like Panasonic and Goldstar to be turned into multimedia entertainment devices.
The consoles were hurt by high prices and a limited lineup of titles compared to rival platforms at the time. 3DO eventually exited the console business and turned strictly to game software.