I have contacted one Finnish company (not games company but linked to games) whose producer said “yes, this is interesting – tell us more about the game” on the phone. In the past I’ve heard “Sorry, not interested” or nothing from companies so this makes things more exciting – this is the first time I’ve actually managed to talk with people in such positions.
The outcome of these negotiations will have impact on game design: if these people want to make deal with me then they will have some control over the game.
I have no idea if we end up making the deal. I’ve got the “no” many times in the past, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t ask again. After all, I have nothing to lose. The worst thing that could happen is that they say “no” – and I continue development. Great, no problem with that. On the other hand, they could say “yes” – and that would be great too. There’s no way I can lose, so why not try?