What in the name of all that is holy?

Keep calm and bow before your new Asmodee overlords

I was stumbling around the App Store last night, as I’m prone to do from time to time, and came upon some startling info. When I visited the Twilight Struggle page on iTunes, I noticed that Playdek‘s name was no longer on the byline, replaced by none other than Asmodee Digital. This appears to be the case for Ascension as well. What the heck is going on?

As of posting this article, I’ve tried to contact Asmodee at both their underground volcanic lair as well as their moonbase, and haven’t received a reply from either. I have spoken with Playdek, however, but they aren’t able to talk about what’s going down other than to assure me that Playdek is still alive and well. This isn’t the end of Playdek or anything like that, but we’ll have to wait for Asmodee to make an announcement before we learn how deeply the Asmodee tentacles reach.

I’m joking here, of course. Asmodee has actually been a boon for digital board gaming, publishing polished apps at a rapid pace. The only negative aspect of Asmodee’s digital library is the lack of a proper asynchronous online multiplayer system. As it happens, Playdek has a pretty great and sturdy online multiplayer system in place for their titles, so, maybe this is a win-win for all of us and Asmodee is banking on Playdek to help with their multiplayer woes? Again, I have no information from either party on this one, so right now we’re just throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. If and when Asmodee does fill me in on the details, I’ll be sure to pass them along. Until then you can start chanting, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Asmodee R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”

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Notable Replies

  1. Hoping for a win-win is the most reasonable course of action, but I’m going to do what any good pessimist would do and assume the worst here.

  2. My hopes of a TS iPhone update just died a little.

  3. athros says:

    Is it the same app? Or am I going to gave to rebuy it?

    Anyone taking bets on whether or not Playdek has been purchased by Asmodee?

  4. From what I can tell, this is similar to Asmodee jumping in on Pathfinder Adventures for Obsidian. Asmodee didn’t buy Obsidian, and they haven’t bought Playdek. At least I don’t think they have. I’ve been contacted by Asmodee who are preparing the press materials now. Will have more info in the next day or two, hopefully.

  5. It’s the same app. Nothing has changed other than the publishing/marketing is now being done by Asmodee. At least that’s what it appears like at this point.

  6. athros says:

    Oh sweet. I didn’t realize they took over Pathfinder Adventures in the same way.

    I’d be pretty sad if Playdek got bought out truth be told.

  7. So long as the Goko people aren’t within Asmodee crafting the html5 future they always dreamed of, I am fine with it

  8. I can’t even hear “HTML5” any longer without snorting and rolling my eyes.

    Effing Goko. Buncha clueless d-bags.

  9. js619 says:

    Came for @TheDukester’s comments. 10/10 was not disappointed.

  10. Ascension was/is a big moneymaker for Playdek as far as I understand. Seeing the writing on the wall now this doesn’t sound all to good. So…hang in there playdek?

  11. Quite so. Oh, I remember the time when the Goko marketing VP gave Owen an interview on the old site, and the comment thread was a thing of transcendent beauty. Lost, all lost.

  12. I’m playing three different Playdek games right now, async of course… I hope their online servers keep going strong. Their games some of the best.

  13. Hardco says:

    So now that Asmodee has sent out an email, can we get more details on what this all means? What is “joining forces”, and why does it only pertain to three games in Playdek’s catalog?

  14. I’m trying to get more details. Will be banging on @Strangiato’s door quite a bit this weekend, I think…

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