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Gothic 4 expansion “indefinitely” delayed, publisher in trouble

Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 18:41 GMT By Alex Donaldson

JoWooD has announced an “indefinite” delay for the release of Arcania: Gothic 4′s expansion Fall of Setarrif due to legal problems.

The expansion was originally due to launch this Friday, March 25, but is now delayed until further notice – and there’s a possibility the expansion may not see a release at all.

A released statement says that “diverse legal positions” with German investor BVT are the reason for the delay. The statement adds, bluntly, that the legal situation regarding Gothic 4 and BVT’s funding is “unclear.”

JoWooD filed for bankruptcy in January, and it’s been reported today that troubles are continuing, as a potential investor withdrew its interest in the company.

The Austrian Independent reports that the company still has two investors interested, though.

JoWooD’s business development manager Stefan Berger said it was “uncertain whether the game can be released onto the market in its current form.”

Eurogamer’s got the full story.

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5 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    In trouble? Well it’s their problem making Gothic 4 a disaster…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Shonak

    I guess it’s too late to tell my father now to sell his shares.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @1: Again, you fail to see the difference between Publisher and Developer.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Wesker

    @3: It was Jowood’s decision to make Gothic 4 the game it turned out to be. Spellbound was just the developer, it was just a job, they were hired to do. I think Jowood made the major decisions, at least what the direction of the game is going to be.

    Though you’re right, of course.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Schindet Nemo

    It was also Jowood’s decision to rush Gothic 3 and to hire an Indian no-name developer for it’s god awful expansion. It’s without a doubt Jowood’s fault. Let’s hope Piranha Bytes will buy the rights to the Gothic name back

    #5 3 years ago

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