The most lucrative license in the world, Pokémon returns every year with a new opus in hand to take budding trainers on a journey. In just a few days must be released Pokemon Legends: Arceus, an innovative game unfortunately the victim of a huge leak. A franchise that fascinates, although the publisher at its head manages the titles derived from it with an iron fist. And like many others before it, it’s now up to this fan-made game to incur the wrath of Nintendo.
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The strength of the Pokémon license is to have an extremely rich universe. With its 25 years of existence, Pokémon is also a source of inspiration for a host of creators around the world. In addition to the artists who depict the creatures with large brushstrokes, the developers also see it as a genre that has conquered the hearts of millions of players over the years.
Many fan projects have emerged here and there. names like Pokémon Uranium, Pokemon Godra or Pokemon Showdown. Unfortunately for these games, Nintendo quickly made it clear to their creators that the franchise was not a universe in which it was allowed to draw freely. Known for its responsiveness and above all its firmness, the Japanese giant is not used to letting these side projects live for long. Claims of copyright infringement tend to flow, as do threats of lawsuits.
Victim of his own success
Unfortunately for these creators in twist, they have no choice but to abdicate. Nevertheless, these stories, although they accumulate, do not come to confuse the most passionate of the path of the projects fan-made. And lately, it’s a Pokémon FPS that has quickly gained momentum on the web, and particularly on Reddit. Made under Unreal Engine, this game mixes shooter and Pokémon, for a safari-like result with light bloodshed.
Created by an indie developer by the name of u/Dragon_GameDev, this game quickly made the rounds on Reddit, with posts multiplying there day after day. A spotlight signed by its creator, which Nintendo did not like. And for good reason, just a few days after they were put online, the Japanese giant decided to counterattack. On Twitter, where gameplay videos were posted regularly, copyright claims multiplied to see them disappear completely. On YouTube, the game’s presentation video was also a victim of Nintendo’s wrath.
Instead of the video, it is now possible to find a message known to fans of the license: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim submitted by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. (TPCi)“. Unfortunately for its creator, Nintendo did not appreciate its unauthorized use of its license, the models of Pokémon being directly imported from the versions Sun and Moon. A project which should have remained secret, but which nevertheless allowed this developer to benefit from a certain visibility. A development of a month which could have remained secret but whose popularity will have cost him his existence.