Brad, I have seen your comments about this for a while now, so I'll give my two cents. If the Pickfords could re-release Plok, they would have done so now, MOST likely on Nintendo's VC since GOG is about PC games (and DOS emulation, which is pretty much PC), Steam is a possibility, excepting for something I'll bring up here.
The BIG question as to a re-release is thus:
1. Who owns the source code?
2. If party involved owns the code, are they willing to part with it and do they have the actual rights to editing it, publishing or otherwise? Owning source does not always mean someone has the rights to releasing the code itself. Often, publishers (Nintendo for Plok's case) own the publishing rights and often source codes. Sometimes they may even erase source codes, like in the case of the game Blood. If Nintendo owns publishing rights, no Steam releases without their consent.
Also, Nintendo is extremely stingy as according to their licensing and regarding listening to fans. Look at how ungodly long it took for both Mother and Mother 2 (Earthbound) to get any form of re-release. It took many-many-many physical letters to the right folks for anything to budge, and even then it took a long time. Nintendo may still not even do anything on a publish. Such is the sad truth.
Comment by TheByrd, added Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:24:21 GMT