http://www.firingsquad.com/news/newsarticle.asp?searchid=13459 wrote:Ritual Entertainment sent over a press release annoucing that they have named Ken Harward as their new Studio Director. Harward was previously a programmer for the developer for the past few years The press release was somewhat vague on Ritual's plans for the future with Harward quoted as saying, "2007 looks to be a great year as we finish up our current projects and start some exciting new ones.". There was no specific word on the fate of SiN Episodes, their episodic first person shooter whose first chapter was released this past May. There is also no word on why Harward is refered to as a "Studio Director" rather than CEO, which is the title that Steve Nix had at Ritual before heading to id Software. Finally there is no mention at all on the departure of Ritual co-founder and vice-president Tom Mustaine. FiringSquad has sent over some questions to Ritual for clairification on this new press release and we hope to get some answers soon. Update Ritual's PR head got back in touch with us stating that at this time they do not have any further comments beyond what was stated in the press release.
As mentioned earlier, several major Ritual characters have left the company recently (namely, their CEO, their Q&A head and their vice president).
Ritual has always been one of those monasteries of gaming where they have largely produced games on their own ancient terms and thus had a really hard time, all the while maintaining a kind of peculiar identity and integrity.As their latest game - Sin Episodes: Emergence - was entirely self-funded, they were prone to industry issues. Piracy, low sales, you know, not putting out a brilliant game at first.
They promised to release a game every 6 months and it's been 7 now, without any kind of promotion for the next episode. A promised free multiplayer add-on is yet to be seen. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. I hope another company won't get the shaft just because of the way the industry is right now.