Main Client: 2001 - Present
Continuum is a client for Virgin Interactive Entertainment (VIE)'s Subspace developed by Priit "PriitK" Kasesalu, with front end interface designed by "Mr Ekted". The client was created to eliminate the out-of-control cheating, and many bugs and issues people we're having with the Subspace 1.35 client. Along with this, it also built on VIE's Subgame Server allowing for a lot more new features, including: server-side graphic replacements, more ship settings, spawn point control, and ship sizing.
The client also now allows you to save profiles, keyboard definitions, and gives better control and organization of your macros, no more loading and saving tons of .mac files. The benefits of multiple profiles have made it a lot easier when changing names, or removing your staff password from your password, without having to retype everything out like in the old VIE clients. Newer keyboards allow for all sorts of new key definitions, making macros, ship controls, and even weapon controls able to be modified and set to any key desired. Toss in a built in banner editor, and all sorts of new client settings, and you've got Continuum.
Main Client: 1996 - 2002
In the begining, Virgin Interactive Entertainement created a game known as Sniper, a game designed originally to test the severity of lag in a massive multiplayer environment. Soon after many thorough tests had been done, VIE changed the game theme and name to SubSpace. SubSpace then went out for public Beta testing in late 1995. In 1996, it became fully public and you could buy the game for approximately $27.99 US.
At the time, SubSpace would be the first online multiplayer game capable of handling 14.4 modem connections. It would allow you to hop into one of four ships available and play on the VIE servers. However, since 1997, when you had to start paying for it, SubSpace had not seen very good success. Mainly because the world wasn't ready yet for an online multiplayer game. Marketing was so bad, that VIE decided to pull the plug late in 1997, and all of its servers went offline in 1998. (If you are interested, you can visit VIE's old official website for SubSpace here)
VIE - SubSpace Creators
Virgin Interactive Entertainment (better known as "VIE") is the company responsible for Subspace. VIE was a successful and influential British video game publisher. It was originally formed as Virgin Games from the remnants of the large-scale 1980's label, Mastertronics, which was purchased by VIE in 1987. It was part of the Virgin Group, and it was once considered the "Electronic Arts" of Eurpoe. In 1994 it was renamed Virgin Interactive. It published games for PC as well as other systems, including c64 & the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Where is VIE these days?
1998: Virgin Interactive agrees to buyout from Interplay Entertainment and acquires 43.9% of Virgin Interactive. This agreement gives Interplay the distribution rights in North and South America.
1999: Virgin becomes a part of Irvine Games Inc. and has ceased operations. However, the business of Virgin Interactive continues to be conducted through its London headquarters.
2003: Virgin Interactive now runs under Avalon Interactive.