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The re-release of games based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is in question – the rights may belong to the King of Great Britain

Between 1995 and 1999, Perfect Entertainment developed and released three games based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Discworld, Discworld 2 and Discworld Noir. Almost immediately after this, the company closed, but recently its co-founder Gregg Barnett announced that he was not averse to re-releasing classic titles:


I don’t want to give you the scoop, but a Discworld reissue could happen. It’s in the plans. It could happen. And then it will be possible to move on to new games in this universe.

The problem with re-releases is that no one knows who owns 50% of the rights to the games:

It turned out that 50% of the rights returned to me as the creator, because Perfect Entertainment has been closed for 10 years. When something shuts down in the UK, the intellectual property rights revert 50% to the original creator and 50% to the Crown, which is King Charles. So yes, discussions are ongoing and maybe something will happen in the future – a re-release or a remaster. But obviously it’s a complicated process, especially when you’re dealing with the British Crown.

It is curious that Rhianna Pratchett, the writer’s daughter and co-owner of the production company Narrativia, which controls the multimedia rights to his works, also does not know who owns the rights to the trilogy:

We only have the rights to the characters, not the games themselves. If we had rights, then everything would be much simpler. We don’t really know who owns the rights because studios have been bought and sold over the years along with the IP rights. Last time we investigated, it was believed that the rights belonged to Sony, but we could not confirm this. We would certainly like to see old games re-released. It’s news to us that His Majesty owns 50% of the Discworld games. Who knows what might happen if this really is the case. Maybe he’s a fan!


Regardless, Gregg and Rihanna should definitely find out who actually owns the rights to the Discworld games.


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