epicclassics.com vanishes

30 Jan 2013 at 07:09

Confession: I don’t know much about this story besides what it says in the title. epicclassics.com was somehow affiliated with our old friend Epic Games/Epic MegaGames, and was really the only place left on the internet where you could buy Jazz Jackrabbit 1. It was extremely low-tech — I doubt the page design had been updated since 1994, and the prices certainly weren’t — but it was there, it was legal, and it seemed to be affiliated with Epic somehow. I’ve seen speculation that it was run by CliffyB’s father, or some one of Tim Sweeney’s relatives… honestly, I couldn’t tell you.

Anyway, it’s gone. Epic community-relations person Flak used it to respond to someone who wanted to buy Jazz 1 back in February, and Archive.org had it as still existing as recently as July, but I can’t find any more recent mention. So… sometime in the last half year or so, we lost Epic Classics. UPDATE: The WHOIS listing says that the site registration was last changed on October 19th, so that’s a possibility.

Optimistically, this is tied to the opening of Epic’s new Epic Store last month, which could mean that it’ll eventually take over where Epic Classics left off and provide some of the older titles. Pessimistically, whoever was behind it got tired of the gig. Time will tell, hopefully.

(Obligatory GOG wishlist links: JJ1, JJ2. )

- Violet CLM


Slaz on 30 Jan 2013 at 12:58

As an optimist myself, this news may not be too bad at all. Epic Classics was an awfully unfriendly order form from last century, with prices coming from the same era..

This might put some pressure on the current Epic staff to finally honour their classic IP’s using GOG.com and perhaps their own store! :D

Love & Thunder on 30 Jan 2013 at 18:11

I’d just like to point out that I knew about this around November/December last year, but I thought it was just some temporary downtime.

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