From: MN, USA
You have to buy Ultimate. This is bascially a combo pack of both Harpoon CE and Harpoon ANW.
But they will stop supporting Harpoon CE (stand-alone) and all future patches will be made for Ultimate.
It sucks but I guess this will push me to finally jump into ANW.
My conspiracy theory is that they want to get rid of HCE players and want everyone to move over to ANW.
I want to provide a bit of clarification here...
HC (aka Harpoon CE) is programmed, maintained, and supported by those of us over at harpgamer.com. It is a volunteer effort. We will continue to support all versions of the game. I keep seven installs at the ready for just that purpose. True, we won't be allowed to release patches for pre-Ultimate versions of the game but I view support as something that doesn't have to include patches.
HC as part of Ultimate will continue to be updated. I just posted an early beta version of the game at harpgamer that has literally thousands of code changes from Ultimate. The game isn't going away, you don't have to touch the H3 side of Ultimate (though as long as you'll be buying it, I think you should try it out).
As for your conspiracy theory, that's been true for a long time but we keep hanging on and making AGSI money.
Harpoon (HC, HCE, HUCE, Classic) programmer HarpGamer.com