Spartan Games to cancel distribution of Uncharted Seas

By Polar_Bear
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May 23rd, 2013
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Spartan Games has announced that they’ll be discontinuing distribution of their Uncharted Seas game line.

From the announcement:

When Spartan Games entered the wargaming market in mid-2008, we launched with our Uncharted Seas fantasy naval game. We were a very small company then: we didn’t have any offices and we didn’t even cast the models ourselves, but we felt that Uncharted Seas breathed new life into naval wargaming and we were proud of it.

Almost five years later, things are very different for us. We’ve grown significantly from our modest beginnings and now employ world-class model designers and model makers whose skill and creativity have led to games such as Dystopian Wars, Dystopian Legions and Firestorm Armada. We look to make each game better than the last and we’ve certainly learned a lot in those five years, and as we’ve learned to make better games with better models, players have embraced these new games, often at the expense of Uncharted Seas.

Our people have got lots of great ideas that we want to keep bringing you, but we recognise that Spartan Games – and just as importantly the wargames market itself – can only support so many games through an indirect sales model. Although we re-sculpted Uncharted Seas 18 months ago, incorporating all the skills we’ve learned in model design and making since the original launch, customers’ interest has moved to our other games.

Because of these factors we have taken the difficult decision to discontinue Uncharted Seas from distribution from July 1st 2013; thereafter it will continue to be sold mail order only. Whilst we understand that deleting a game brings about issues for our customers, we feel that it is the right thing to do and we hope you understand the above reasons. The coming months will see more new and exciting initiatives from Spartan Games – starting with the launch of Spartan Scenics that we announced earlier this week – which we look forward to bringing to you, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of all at Spartan Games for your valued business.

Kind regards

Gary

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  • staxer

    Somewhat disappointing but hopefully models will still be obtainable from Spartan direct.

    I suppose there will no other support or expansions in the future

  • Piston Honda

    A shame ultimately, but the game has been pretty much dead for quite sometime now.

    Basically just put the seal of approval on it.

    Fun game though, very fun to paint.

  • Nosaj Verush

    I am sad to hear this. US is a great game. As long as it remains available through Spartan, I can live with it. But, as soon as they think about getting rid of it all together, they need to let the fans know so we can fill out our fleets. I have four, and would like to have at least a starter box for the other fleets.

  • Veritas

    Now I’m just waiting to see how long it takes for them to can Firestorm Armada as well. They’ve got a reliable cash cow in Dystopian Wars that I think everything else is going to take a backseat.

    • PanzerKraken

      Yea when DW came out, they tossed both games under the bus. Had hope when they relaunched US, yet they immediately abandoned it for nothing but more DW. FA has also gotten poorly treated and we saw what happened to their firestorm land game. They announced and demo’d it first, yet DW came out after and that game also was tossed aside. I don’t see FA lasting long.

  • blkdymnd

    Normal Spartan stuff. If they hadn’t abandoned it to their ADHD development in the first place, they may not have lost customer support

    • Mooniac

      Exactly, spartan has shown little interest in supporting gamers long term. It’s about them having fun and satisfying their own ADHD. God forbid they test anything or have a release schedule that they will live up to, or support organized gaming. Every local store has canned their lines here anyway.

  • CaseyJone5

    I’m cool with it actually.
    one less game I have to actively keep up with.
    50 Bucks is more than enough to get into the game.
    100 Or less and you can complete your faction.
    rules are still free, doesn’t take up much space.

    i can keep a shoebox of it forever and won’t have to worry about being up to date with models or rules to ever play it.

  • KelRiever

    Surprised not in the least.

    There are too many games in the market, period. And too many, honestly, from Spartan. I’m not saying they don’t have their appeal. But at the end of the day, exactly how much room is in the market for starter box, never stop expanding miniature games that want you to buy them forever and ever? The number isn’t zero, no. But it isn’t what it is now, either.