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Sacred Developer Ascaron Files for Bankruptcy, Currently in Takeover Talks

European publisher and Sacred series developer Ascaron Entertainment has filed for bankruptcy protection and is now in "negotiations with several well-known interested parties to discuss a positive takeover," the company has revealed.

"After four years developing Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, an extended development delay made it necessary for Ascaron to go into administration," it explained, noting that its development team is currently working on a Sacred 2 PC expansion and Sacred 3.

The company went into administration last week, on April 14, meaning that the studio will temporarily continue operations though it is incapable of repaying its debts.

"Due to the protection offered by German administration rights, Ascaron intends to use this as an opportunity to secure the future of the company," the company noted.

The filing will have no effect on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sacred 2, which arrived on PC last year, as Ascaron said that both console editions of the action-RPG are complete and expected to launch by the end of May.

"The server and services of Sacred 2 multiplayer and the Securom game activation are unaffected and will continue as usual," added the company.

"Further updates will be provided in due course."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    April 20, 2009 9:34 AM

    Noooo :( I hope this doesn't mean the complete end of the studio, someone should pick them up and let them do their thing.

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      April 20, 2009 11:11 AM

      Well, if they DO get picked up, it won't be so they can just "do their thing." After all, they did go bankrupt that way. There will probably be big changes if that happens.

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