You couldn't be more wrong, unless your at the financial Department of gamigo and know the figures.
Value to Profit is the calculation here, not reputation.
So if SH/DP would generate more income within certain amount of time then it costs, you get profit. If that Profit over certain amount of time exceeds the Value, it could be profitable to make a further move (buy the develpment rights).
I'm not saying it is worth buying the development rights, but aslong as the Value = x (Unkown), there is no reason to call it unprofitable.
Of course making such a move includes more than just asking for the price, but that is for the financial department to judeg, as they know the figures and we just don't and probably never will.
I know how profit works. And yes, since the game is running still, it's still profitable.
I don't know the finance apartment, but I've known my fair share of gamigo/infernum folk and just general knowledge of being around.
There is no way dp and sh would be profitable to allow it. I doubt the game has more than 200 active players.
There wouldn't be just the cost of buying the rights, they would have to hire coders (that gotta learn runewakers code, and likely asian), they gotta hire artists to draw out ideas, hire the 3d modelers that know how to use certain programs and fit the dp style. Then it has to all get tested, which may or may not take people hired and under nda.
And so much more. You don't have to be a genius to see gamigo isn't that type of publisher too.