It looks like Aventurine is looking to sell the rights to the original Darkfall. Rumor has it they want 600,000 USD for the rights to Darkfall 1 and the engine.
I apologize for the previous message, it was not approved for posting. I’ll try to be as specific as possible as per the community request to bring back the original Darkfall:
It’s well known that we’re a small independent game developer working hard to support one of the highest maintenance game types there is.
Bringing back the original Darkfall is unfortunately unrealistic and impractical. There is no doubt that it was a great game, which had its’ chance, but unfortunately stopped being viable and had to end. It’s as massive an effort and expense as launching any MMORPG and would require months of development in order to go back in time. Even if we did, it would require a sustained serious critical mass of players, in order for it to be viable. We are unfortunately unable to support that kind of an effort, and we don’t believe there is a market for it.
Having said that, we remain open to serious proposals for licensing and supporting the original Darkfall. Unfortunately, to date, there have been none other than some quick semi-anonymous emails asking “how much would it cost”. It would take a sizeable server investment to cover a region and a minimum low five figure amount just for bandwidth and basic systems operations. This doesn’t include developer and customer support, and it certainly doesn’t include the serious effort behind keeping the game updated. It’s a large-scale operation to run an MMORPG, but Darkfall in particular, due to its’ real-time nature, is even more demanding on hardware, bandwidth, and development support.
Our main development objective is to work on continuously improving our current game, Darkfall Unholy Wars, and to infuse it with some of the magic Darkfall Online had to offer. This is the time when we need to be able to focus on Darkfall Unholy Wars, and we need to know that we can depend on your support in that.