A screenshot from Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide
A screenshot from Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide

One of my favourite games as a young adult (that’s how you say teenager nowadays, right?) was Neverwinter Nights. I had first learned about it from the web comic Megatokyo, which surprised many in my DD group. It was long enough ago that I was using Windows. For reference, I only made the switch to Mac after my first years as a polytechnicienne. However, I switched to Mac at the dawn of the Intel Mac and the days of PowerPC apps were numbered. Apple killed Rosetta, which was the software providing PowerPC emulation and allowing PowerPC apps to run. Once Apple killed Rosetta, one of my favourite games from my teenage years was lost to me.

Well, until recently that is. And it wasn’t so much lost as I had to do some screwing around with Wine and CodeWeavers, but that’s beside the point. But the thing was, Bioware (the original developer of NWN) was not committed to the future of its products. Here at Elysium, we are. The people at Basecamp made a commitment to be around “until the end of the Internet” and so will we.

It’s a promise to our customers

We dedicate ourselves to supporting our products forever. Not just the awesome SaaS-based offerings we’re planning to launch this year but our games too. We will do our damnedest to stand against the tide of impermanence that seems to engulf the Internet. We are building Elysium Studios to last. We’ll be here until the end of the Internet.

In practical terms, that means:

  • The day you become an Elysium customer, you can trust that Elysium Studios will be around. In the event that the game you play or the service you’ve enjoyed enters a legacy phase, we’ll continue to allow you to use it as-is indefinitely, assuming you continue to abide by our terms of service and keep your subscription active (for those products that have a subscription).
  • Your data is safe. Regardless of status, all our products receive the same rigorous care when it comes to security and privacy. While we may not add new features to legacy products, we’ll continue to apply the latest security updates; maintain the infrastructure that keeps them safe, fast, and secure; and continue to offer technical support.
  • Elysium Studios is our life’s work – we’re in this for the long haul. Being a worker cooperative, we’re all invested in the future of Elysium Studios. In the unlikely, unforeseen, and unanticipated event that the cooperative or one of our products is acquired by another company, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure the product and the promise live on.

Changes and Questions

Elysium may update this policy once in a blue moon. If that occurs, we’ll notify you about significant changes by emailing the account owner or by placing a prominent notice on our site. We’ll probably also create a dedicated page for this policy to live on. Minus the nostalgia about Neverwinter Nights. Maybe.

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