The future might be murky for Stargate Worlds, the much-anticipated, massively multiplayer online role-playing game linked to the über-popular science-fiction series.
Fan site GateWorld.net reported this week that startup Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, which is developing the game, "has apparently missed at least one payroll."
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The news item points to a Web site at http://days-since-cheyenne-mountain-employees-have-been-paid.com, which as of Wednesday said it had been 27 days since the last paycheck.
TenTonHammer.com, a site dedicated to MMO games, relayed the following response from Cheyenne: "Like many startups, we face the same cash-flow issues that all pre-revenue companies face. We have maintained a core of dedicated investors, but the new economic realities are forcing us to seek out additional sources of funding, and that's what we're doing.
"We continue to move forward on the Stargate Worlds project. We recently completed a successful phase of closed beta testing and we will start a second phase early in 2009."
The Stargate series has struggled to find a foothold in gaming, despite two TV series (SG-1 and Atlantis) and a new series starting next year called Stargate Universe.
A game, Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, was far along in production in recent years when it was canceled because of quality issues.