Friday, February 13

FAILED to DisruptGame or Another Disappointment with Steam Greenlight




On July 23rd, 2013, Cara Ellison of Rock, Paper Shotgun, wrote a short exciting article about a yet unheard of game called "Disrupt." Lekë Dobruna a developer, according to the RPS, based in Pristina, Kosovo at the time of the article expelled an intriguing game. A game where you the player find yourself in the role of a powerful hacker. A hacker who accesses secret governmental systems, all for personal gain. There were side missions,  hardware upgrades, software downloading, and city to city travel.

As of Febuary 13th, 2015 we have nothing but silence.

Over 18 months after I first heard of Disrupt, almost 1 full year after being greenlit on Steam, North Rock Games, and Lekë Dobruna have gone strangely silent. The last discussion on Disrupt's Steam Community page, started January 22nd, 2015, starts with "Lord Piggleston's" inquiry:

"Where Are You?"
The website is down, nothing from twitter. is this dead?
And finishes 5 comments later with the assumed, but likely true, statement:
"They be dead."

Disrupt for all it's media cover, strong community members, being greenlit on Steam, and many promises from the developer that Disrupt is still in development;
is M.I.A.

Originally I was typing words like dead, D.O.A., deceased, and departed. But in reality M.I.A. (Missing in Action) is the best way I can describe Disrupt's current status. M.I.A. is also the best way I can find to describe any current news, and comments, about the game Disrupt.

Out of curiosity I have chosen to try and document as complete a history of Disrupt, from hype to today. Unfortunately the DisruptGame website has for the most part also gone M.I.A. Showing only the cryptic word "Loading" as proof that the domain is still active. I will also try and provide as much information as I can about those who appear to be involved with Disrupt.

* A Quick note, all of the information displayed below was found following links on the various websites only! *

Timeline

  • 2009
    • April
  • 2010
    • October
      • 17
        • Lekë Dobruna tweets UltraVision Labs website is up with temporary template at www.uvlabs.co.cc
          • was ran of a free subdomain of a now defunt domain. (Only up for 5 months)
      • 21
        • Lekë Dobruna tweets "V.I.K.I Alpha build v0.1 release: http://uvlabs.co.cc/?p=35"
          • also not currently available
          • Last tweet regarding uvlabs.co.cc
  • 2011
    • June
    • November
      • 11
        • Last public post on Google+
  • 2012
    • September
        • North Rock Games - Founding date according to disruptgame.com/press/
    • October
      • 8
        • Lekë Dobruna joined YouTube
        • Disrupt - First (old) demonstration video posted on YouTube by Lekë Dobruna
  • 2013
    • June
      • 19
        • disruptgame.com registered date
      • 21
        • disruptgame.com/ html page title changed to "Disrupt - Coming Soon"
      • 29
        • Academic and Medical servers images tweeted @disruptgame
          • http://t.co/R8rWCneNRG
          • http://imgur.com/eElLCD0
    • July
      • 22
        • DisruptGame user joined YouTube
        • First post to Google+ Profile
        • Disrupt - Pre-Alpha footage video published to YouTube
      • 23
        • "Assange ‘Em Up: First Look at Disrupt" article published to  Rock Paper Shotgun by Cara Ellison
    • August
  • 2014
    • February
    • March
      • 4
        • @disruptgame tweeted "Happy to announce that Disrupt has been Greenlit in Steam along 49 other titles. Thank you for the support!"
    • May
      • 31
        • Leka74 posts DisruptGame "footer ad" in a post on watchdogsforum.net
    • June
      • 8
        • disruptgame.com updated date
    • July
      • 9
        • Steam User "North Rock Games" last played "Black Ice Demo" on Steam
    • October
      • 4
        • Last YouTube video user Lekë Dobruna "liked"
      • 9
        • "Disrupt - Soundtrack #1" video published on YouTube
        • Last Public tweet on @disruptgame
    • November
      • 12
        • Last retweet on @lekedobruna
      • 18
        • Last Reply tweet on @disruptgame to @arxerisdam
          "Nothing we can post about yet but we're still working on it. :)"
    • December
      • 15
        • Last Reply tweet on @lekedobruna to @NirDafnai
          "The game is still in development"
  • 2015
    • January
      • 22
        • Lord Piggleston created a discussion on steam labeled "Where are You."
          The website is down, nothing from twitter. Is this dead? The length of time with no update is what will kill your game before it even comes out. People are have already forgetten that this exists.
    • February
      • 6
        • Steam user "Leka74" last played "Left 4 Dead 2"
      • 9
        • Last SteamCommunity post by Lord Piggleston with
          "They be dead"
      • 13
        • disruptgame.com/ html page title changed to "Disrupt"
    • June
      • 19
        • disruptgame.com current expiration date


Information

  • Disrupt Game
    • Developers
    • email 
      • contact@disruptgame.com
      • mail.disruptgame.com
        • points to roundcube webmail
        • ssl certificate is out of date
    • Greenlight
      • http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=225454769
    • Presskit
      • disruptgame.com/press
    • Press Articles
    • Release Date: "Sometime in 2014" according to:
      • @disruptgame - Twitter
      • disruptgame.com - Website
      • Steam Greenlight Page
    • Screenshots
      • disruptgame.com/press/

        • Press Articles
    • Twitter
      • @DisruptGame
      • @Leka74
    • website
      • DisruptGame.com
        • Creation Date: 2013-06-19
        • Updated Date: 2014-06-08
        • Expiration Date: 2015-06-19
        • IP Adress: 31.204.155.69
        • Registrar: Enom, Inc
        • Server location: Netherlands
        • ISP: i3d B.V.
        • Nameservers
          • DNS1.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
          • DNS2.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
          • DNS3.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
          • DNS4.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
          • DNS5.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
  • North Rock Games
    • Founded: 2012-September
    • Based: Prishtina, Kosovo
      • St. Qamil Hoxha No. 12
        Pristina, Republic of Kosovo
    • Phone: +386 49 853581
    • tumbler: http://northrockgames.tumblr.com/
    • Steam User: 
      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/NorthRockGames
Sources
  1. disruptgame.com whois information ip-address.com
  2. disruptgame.com/ html page title records statscrop.com
  3. Leka74 post to watchdogsforum.net
  4. North Rock Games information from disruptgame.com/press/
  5. Disrupt - Trailer on youtube
  6. DisruptGame user on youtube
  7. Disrupt Google+ Profile
  8. Disrupt - Pre-Alpha footage video on YouTube
  9. Disrupt - Soundtrack #1 video on YouTube

That's All for now, will update.

  • Links I will be following up with
    • http://northrockgames.tumblr.com/post/78641918391/greenlit
    • http://northrockgames.tumblr.com/
    • http://pastebin.com/UtE39CtP
    • http://www.indiedb.com/games/disrupt
    • http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=225454769

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