Mesa-based Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the developer of the upcoming MMORPG Stargate Worlds, seems to be having financial difficulties. A disgruntled employee has set up a Web site counting the number of days since payroll has been made: days-since-cheyenne-mountain-employees-have-been-paid.com.
The fan site GateWorld adds that there have been several layoffs at the start-up in the past year and the company has relied on its investors for income during the game’s long development process.
Cheyenne Mountain said in a statement:
Like many start ups, 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.
Stargate Worlds is based on the TV series Stargate SG-1, which went off the air last year. SG-1 was itself based on the 1994 feature film Stargate, and spinoff Stargate Atlantis has only a few episodes before it, too, ends. A new series, Stargate Universe, is in pre-production for Sci Fi Channel release early next year.
The franchise’s last video game adaptation, the multiplayer first-person shooter Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, died late in its development for what were cited as quality issues.