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It's officially game over for Rochard with studio Recoil Games shutting

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Recoil Games appear to have filed for bankruptcy a while ago and sadly a casualty of that is their game Rochard, which has now been removed for sale.

Rochard was an award-winning side-scroller puzzle-platformer, originally released in 2011. It was also part of the early indie game push for Linux, thanks to it being part of the Humble Indie Bundle 6 back in 2012 it was ported to Linux especially for the bundle. Not only that, it was also one of the first commercial Unity games (possibly the actual first) to be built for Linux too, so it holds something of a special place in our history.

Sadly, you can no longer buy it officially.

In a short announcement post on Steam, the developer said this:

Recoil Games has applied for bankruptcy quite a while ago. We've been trying hard to find a new home for the game. Unfortunately there were no offers that would have enabled the bankruptcy estate to close the deal. The bankruptcy estate will soon be closed and the publishing agreement with Steam will be terminated.

This means Rochard can no longer be purchased on Steam. However, the game will remain available in your Steam libraries as is.

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anewson Feb 20, 2021
Loved this game! Played it right through in one sitting when I got it with the Humble Bundle. I'm surprised and saddened they're shutting down; I wonder why they weren't able to produce much besides Rochard.
Natedawg Feb 20, 2021
That's too bad! This was one of the first games I played on Linux and was pretty fun!
flesk Feb 20, 2021
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I enjoyed Rochard a lot when I played it several years ago. Sad to hear the developer is bankrupt, and that the game is no longer for sale.
CFWhitman Feb 21, 2021
I played this through shortly after I got the bundle. I thought it was a great side scroller. It's too bad it won't be offered for sale. I wonder if the assets will be disposed of in a way that makes it possible for another company to reintroduce it in the future.
slaapliedje Feb 21, 2021
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When stuff like this happens, it should just be released as a freeware thing. It isn't big enough to have an 'IP' from it, and otherwise will just be lost to time.

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crabel Feb 21, 2021
Rochard was really fun and I immediately checked if there were plans for a sequel. I would have immediately bought it. And I don't even like that kind of game normally. Sadly though, even at that time it was already clear that the company is dead. But even after all this years, I really don't get it how that gem could have failed.
GBee Feb 22, 2021
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QuoteUnfortunately there were no offers that would have enabled the bankruptcy estate to close the deal.

It sounds as though they did get offers to buy, otherwise wouldn't they just say "There were no offers." Instead they seem to be saying "there were no offers we could accept".

So given the choice for the estate is between zero money and some money to go to the creditors, why wouldn't they sell?! In those circumstances aren't they obligated to accept any offer?

I quite liked Rochard, although I originally bought it purely because it was one of those early games that offered native linux support, in what I'll call in hindsight the 'glory days' of Linux gaming. It wasn't super-challenging, but the gameplay premise, story etc were pretty well done.
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