It's not that they have forgotten about Cossacks. It's just that they are in need of money to develop the next Cossacks game.
As you may or may not know, making games requires huge investments in development before any money is gained from it, hence the risk is quite big of investors not seeing their money back.
Especially in these troubled economic times, it is quite hard to find investors for this type of rts games. It's a pitty, I know, but thats how the world works today. The bottom line is always money. Many big game companies have sacked a lot of people in the past 2 years ( E.A.,...)
You could say, why do they need investors, they probably made a lot of money out of Cossacks I. Well yes, they probably did, but somehow they choose to invest it in the creation of other games such as Alexander and HoAE. Since these games weren't really big hits, they lost money, which obviously they cant invest in the next cossacks game. Capital error, but hey, at least they tried and took the risk, it could have worked out good aswell.
I didnt ask about this in my last email to gsc, but in a previous one, the PR director clearly stated it was their intent to go and create the next Cossacks game. I'm sure they got plenty of good ideas, blueprints and such already.
Make no mistake, if cossacks.com and cossacks2.com are offline, then be sure that they know off this. No need to send them a message to let them know about this issue, Nowy. You probably wouldnt even get a reply back. Especially if its a negative minded email.
As I see it, Cossacks I was a lucky shot, created in a struggle to survive. Did you know they used to make online encyclopedia's and in order to survive, they choose the path of the gaming world. By todays standarts, I don't think it would be such a success again. It's getting increasingly harder to satisfy people. 10 years back when game's came out people were all in awe , now all you get is complaints when games come out.
Oh well, fingers crossed and let's hope for the best for GSC, hopefully they can reiterate their successes off the past in this new decade.