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Boxed ports Descent

Post by sigma » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:10 am

Perhaps I am overly sentimental, but sometimes it's nice to take into the hands of old boxes and disks or floppy. I only have the original box and disks D3, as well as Russian pirated editions. I have not seen box version with port DXX-Rebirth, D2-XXL, ProjectX, and others. They exist at all?
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by CDN_Merlin » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:08 pm

There are only boxed version of D1/2/3 and the expansions. Nothing else.
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by sigma » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:33 pm

CDN_Merlin wrote:There are only boxed version of D1/2/3 and the expansions. Nothing else.
Thank you. Sincerely sorry to hear that. But why?! :frown:
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by Duper » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:39 pm

Why?

The mods we use today were made about 8 years after the release of D2.
Rebirth and XL were "spring boarded" from D1.40 (a-c) and there was also DX W32?
These were all attempts to fix various issues in Descent and became a big mess from the coding side.
So two different Germans decided to take matters into their own hands and clean this mess up. Like I said, this was long LOOOoong after the you could buy these games in regular stores.

In fact, if I remember correctly, Interplay was in bankruptcy and pretty much a non-entity at the time.
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by Top Gun » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:13 pm

And depending on the license the source code to the games was released under, those projects might not be able to be included in a for-profit retail release. I know the FreeSpace 2 code was released under a strictly non-commercial license.
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by Sirius » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:25 pm

I wouldn't rule out some capability for Interplay to make that happen - the issue is that the games were already out of print for something like a decade by the time these source ports came along, and there's no way it's going to make sense to produce more boxes at a time when boxed games are on the way out anyway. I'm not sure I've even heard of a classic game being re-released in box form - it's always digital.

If Descent were Doom, things could be different - a 20th anniversary collector's edition box set or something wouldn't be out of the question, though I don't know whether id is planning anything like that either :)
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Re: Boxed ports Descent

Post by Duper » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:31 pm

Good point Sirius.

Interplay is now in a position where this CAN happen. "Will" it? we'll have to wait and see.
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