November 3rd, 2016
Holistic Design Inc. (HDI) announced that German game company Ulisses Spiele GmbH has taken over publishing the award-winning Fading Suns roleplaying game.
Fading Suns, first published by HDI in 1996, has gone through numerous editions and been translated into 6 languages.
“We at HDI are excited to announce that the 20-year-old wonder that is Fading Suns is about to be re-born! Ulisses Spiele will now be creating a brand new direction for the product line,” said HDI President Chris Wiese. “It is a tremendous business relationship opportunity. HDI will continue to own and develop the Noble Armada miniature and software games in conjunction with Ulisses Spiele’s new Fading Suns line.”
“Fading Suns has always been one of my favorite RPGs – especially in the SciFi sector – it is hard to find such a deep and rich universe,” said Ulisses CEO and owner Markus Plötz. “We are excited about the chance to bring this jewel back to the market in a completely updated and gorgeous new edition. Look forward to the upcoming announcements and sneak previews!”
Andrew Greenberg, HDI’s Chief Creative Officer, said, ” “Fading Suns fans deserve the game getting more attention and resources than HDI has recently been able to provide. All of us at HDI look forward to seeing what Ulisses does with this classic game.”
Ross Babcock, Chairman and CFO of FASA Games Inc. said, “While it is sad that FASA Games will no longer continue as a Fading Suns licensee, we know that the property is going to a great company that will do great things for Fading Suns.” Babcock also said, “FASA Games will continue to produce products and miniatures for Noble Armada under license with Holistic Design Inc., and we look forward to working with Ulisses Spiele in the telling of the Fading Suns story. Look for the release of the new edition of Noble Armada, previewed at this year’s Gen Con, in the coming months.”
Holistic Design is an Atlanta-based game design company. Since 1995, Holistic Design has developed, produced, licensed and sold IP related to roleplaying game products such as Fading Suns and Real Life Roleplaying; tabletop miniature games such as Noble Armada and Carnage; computer games such as Emperor of the Fading Suns, Mall Tycoon and Warhammer 40K Final Liberation; and is currently developing cross-platform video games. Holistic Design was originally founded as Several Dudes Holistic Gaming in 1992.
Ulisses Medien & Spiel Distribution GmbH is based in Waldems (Germany) and was founded in 1997. Originally a distributor in the Hobby Games market, Ulisses started with its own publishing department in 2005 and acquired the rights for Germanys biggest RPG IP “Das Schwarze Auge” in 2010. Since then the company established itself as the premiere publisher of RPGs in the German market. 2016 saw the release of the English version of “The Dark Eye” and with TORG in 2017, more English RPG lines are about follow.