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It might be that there won’t be a fourth part of the Descent saga. Since Descent 3 turned out financially as a failure, its developer Outrage
decided to stop all work on Descent 4. Instead, they concentrated on an action-adventure game named Alter Echo which appeared on PlayStation 2 and Xbox in the middle of August 2003.
Besides Outrage, the firm Volition was temporarily interested to develop a successor for Descent 3 as well. Both companies stand in narrow contact to each other, they both consisted at least in part of former employees of the company
Parallax (developer of Descent 1 and 2). Due to the bad sale of Descent 3, also Volition stopped, however, the work on Descent 4. With Red Faction, they released a traditional
first-person-shooter in September 2001.
Outrage and Volition were bought by THQ. In 2003, Outrage was closed. Volition continues to develop console games though.
Some engaged Descent fans decided in the middle of 2001 to develop a successor for Descent 3. This should be called "Descent IV:
Invasion" and distributed via Interplay. They started even an own company, that they called Orbital Design Studios. In May 2002, they announced then that they would have to stop all work at
Descent 4, however. Both Interplay as well as Parallax and Outrage have rights at the title "Descent". Unfortunately, an agreement of these three companies with Orbital Design Studios turned out as
Interplay announced in November 2007 that the company is planning to release a sequel for Descent 3, if it can obtain enough money for this project. You can find the newest discussions about it in the Interplay forum “Descent General Discussion”. According to a press report in April 2010, part 1 of Descent will be resurrected for Nintendos game console Wii in the near future.
“Open Descent Foundation” (ODF) plans a successor for Descent 3 as well. ODF is a community for developers who want to make open source programs for Descent 1 to 3. Members don't have to be programmers or scripters, everyone is welcome. Currently, there is a free
Open Source 6DoF game under the title “Flight Back” in progress.
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Last update on 05/13/13.