Author Topic: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?  (Read 3795 times)

Offline paulpratt

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Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« on: November 15, 2005, 11:12:16 AM »
I want to apologize up front if this has been discussed before, but i'm new to the forums and a fan of the original RPG. I was wondering who owned the rights to do/ re-do Mutant Chronicles as a Role Playing Game. If it is Excelsior, do you folks plan on releasing it again?

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Offline kwegibu

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Re: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2005, 02:29:03 PM »
http://www.paradox-entertainment.com/ owns the rights to mutant chronicles brand.

EE develops WZ under license from them. I don't know if they have the rights to develop/produce rpg too, but I am pretty sure they do.

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Re: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2005, 08:55:33 PM »
Kwegibu,


I think you might have the relationship between paradox and EE mixed up.  I do belive that Paradox was devolping the MC video game which is currently on the shelves.  But aside from the EE has the right for almost  all the other products they produce including the rpgs which are going to redone sometime in the future.  I'll  let Thom or Jp chime in to clear up what the exact relationship is.

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Re: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2005, 10:31:02 PM »
Paradox Entertainment is the keeper, so to speak, of the property that is Mutant Chronicles. They are what became of Target Games AB when it dissolved. They hold all the former Target Games properties.

Excelsior has been granted a license to care for and develop content for Warzone and Chronopia.

Paradox Entertainment is who you must go through to get permission (I.E. a license) to develop things based on the Mutant Chronicles that you want to make money with and that have not already been licensed.

I don't believe there is a Mutant Chronicles video game though... unless you are referring to Doomtrooper for SNES and Genesis.
Paradox Interactive was developing Warzone Online for Xbox, which was halted. They are another off shoot from the original Target Games AB company. I'm not completely sure if they are still a subsidiary of Paradox Entertainment, but they no longer have anything to do with any of the original Target Games properties, so I assume not.
A company called Imaginations was developing an MMORPG under license from Paradox Entertainment, but they cancelled it due to lack of a publisher.

I would also assume (Iím doing a lot of this and sometimes thatís dangerous) that Excelsior might be made up of some remnants of Heartbreaker which, back in the day, was publishing the RPG, CCG and Warzone here stateside until it was "dissolved" too.
If it is true I would assume that Paradox Entertainment, originating from Target Games, would continue its relationship with those that were once a part of Heartbreaker and give all the same licenses to Excelsior. That would include the RPG and the TTG, and would include the KULT universe as well (I think Bryan Winter owns the rights to the CCG. If thatís the case that system could not be used and would have to be renamed and built from the ground up as a new game).

The kicker though is that Heartbreaker just had to publish here while Target Games developed content and published in Europe. Excelsior is now developers and publishers. Thatís a huge task and would explain why the RPG is on the back burner, not to mention the decline of RPG sales in general over the past few years.

I think thats the majority of it... if not, please clarify and set my record straight.  ;D
Should i know this stuff...  ???

Thanks in advance.
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-Paul Pratt

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Re: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2005, 04:31:30 AM »
Very nice summary paulpratt ;o)

But the fact that such question pops regularly on the forum should maybe give the idea to EE to explain all this on a dedicated page on their website. Especialy to explain the "maker of Chronopia and Warzone" on the front page which made many old timers grind their teeth (at least I've heard several comments heading this way).

About the RPG, I would just add that some time ago EE was talking of plans to develop a Chronopia RPG, which means that they have the rights to the RPG for both brands. But of course, you can not seriously expect any developement in this area anytime soon ;o)

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Re: Who owns the rights to the Mutant Chronicles RPG?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2005, 08:41:49 PM »
Very nice summary paulpratt ;o)

Mine was a summary, his was a novel ;)

There was actually another computer game before wēZēo being developed, i think it was called mortificator - who knows who was doing that one. It had some cool screen shots.

The sega game stinks.