Last night I completed the negotiations and signed an agreement with Wolverine Studios, who have acquired the exclusive distribution rights to PureSim Baseball moving forward. The initial commercial Wolverine release will be "PureSim Baseball 2" and it will be available on 10/16. I continue to be the lead developer and director of development on the game, and I'll be a technical contributor to many of their other titles. Steven Lucey (CrashDavis) has also agreed to continue to work with me on PureSim, which actually was a critical part of the equation from my perspective.
Some of you may remember that I was once with Wolverine and was to deliver a new Baseball title for them, unfortunately for a number of private/personal/professional reasons I was unable to make that work, so we parted ways amicably. Since I dove back into PureSim earlier this summer and released the free version, things have really taken off with the game and it's features. Adding Steve to the team has been a huge boost as well.
Wolverine President, Gary Gorski had been following the progress with great interest. He was impressed enough with where we had taken PureSim that he made me an offer that I simply could not refuse.
I had two simple requirements in order to close this transaction:
1. Retain the "PureSim" brand/name, thus the Wolverine release is "PureSim Baseball 2"
2. Continue to offer the last official free version of PureSim (1.86) in perpetuity. I think PureSim 1.86 is a very solid game and I did not make it free only to take it down, Gary agreed totally, thus 1.86 will always be there as a great, free offering in the genre. I'd like to also thank Matrix for their support with releasing PureSim 2005 and 2007 and paving the way for the free release.
Moving forward, I am pouring my efforts into "PureSim 2", adding more polish, tweaks and features. Crash and I expect to keep a similar pace with updates moving forward as well. On 10/16 it will be released for purchase at Wolverine. Note, there were a few of you that donated to the PureSim cause over the last few months, you will each receive a free license to "PureSim 2."
Part of my agreement with Wolverine will involve me doing the primary communication with the customers on their forums, so I'll be living on the PureSim 2 Forum at Wolverine. This was actually the hardest part, as I love the small, but passionate community we've built here. I hope some of you will come over and continue to lend your insights into the game.
I'm looking forward to continuing to improve the game with Steve, and I'm excited about having even more resources at hand with Wolverine.
Developer, PureSim Baseball