I was one of the people that actually MADE Matrix Games happen back in 2000.
Yes we wargamers blathering away all day long for so long about only one game, sure DID make a difference.
How much do I want Steel Panthers? You could have every last friggin wargame I own in trade if I could have Steel Panthers, as an easy install, with my Mega Campaigns and a mouse aggro that simply didn't exist and no wonky graphics issues, and not requiring more geek skills than the lad that maintains my computer realm for me. Because I sure don't do it. I'm good at making things, but computers isn't on that list.
I know, and everyone that cares knows, that the ownership of Steel Panthers is a problem. Frankly I say this to the owner of the code, you suck. Just give it up and sell it finally. Or work some deal. Even Hasborg is ok with letting MMP market ASL for them.
I don't really care who owns Steel Panthers. I do care that every single squad tactical wargame released since Steel Panthers has failed to be better than Steel Panthers, and isn't even half as good as Steel Panthers, and that includes every last title, turn based, real time, and all points in between since then.
Gary can cram him monstrosity titles and their obsession with too much and too complex to be remotely realistic use of good game time. I wish he'd make a Steel Panther's successor instead. My money spent on War in the Pacific, and War in the East was the same as a drunk spending money on booze. I never should have bought them. Gary, those games don't cut it even by a fraction in comparison. They don't impress me, and any awards you have gotten for them, I couldn't care less. I want the title that you have been repeatedly told we want. If not rebuilt old code, then do it fresh. You did it the first time, and you obviously have the time, as you keep churning out those monstrosities. When I think Gary Grigsby, I don't think of other designs eh. You're the Steel Panthers guy. I was stupid to buy the WitE expansions and with some luck, I am refusing to buy the WitW game. I don't want it. I don't want a title that blends them either.
Nope there isn't a REAL justification for not republishing Steel Panthers. You simply tell the people making other games, to stop making them and make what everyone is clamouring for. I don't need yet another operational grand strategy done to death title from yet another developer that thinks they can redo the done to death and magically make it worth it.
If everyone told Ford to make car A, and he went and made car B C and D that had already been done to death by GM, well I'd feel the same way about them saying they could do it.
I have too many too complicated wargames, and not enough sufficiently interested non wargamer friends.