Square Enix sends cease and desist letter to several fan-projects
Wow, that was a stupid move on Square Enix's part. Many games strive off of their fan communities, and Square Enix needs to embrace that rather than shutting down anything and everything that relates to their games (several other Chrono Trigger fan-projects have been shut down, such as those 3D remakes). Square Enix needs to take a hint from Valve and use that great fan community to their advantage.
I hope one of the developers at least leaks a copy of the ROM hack onto the internet.
It's stuff like this that is making me feel increasingly distant from what used to be one of my favourite video game companies. This was in no way going to harm the original Chrono Trigger. I know not all companies are going to treat their userbases in the same way companies like Valve and Bethesda do, but seriously Square Enix, what the fuck?
It also seems pretty hypocritical of them, considering their attitude when it comes to publishing games on behalf of other developers. Take Infinite Undiscovery, for example. The box art for that game was plastered with the Square Enix logo, but the logo of Tri-Ace, the company that actually developed the damn game, was nowhere to be found on the box, the disc, or the manual. Can anybody say double standards?
It looks like they were using ripped graphics from the original to me. if that's the case, then by distributing their game they would also distribute content that belongs to Square Enix, despite how they keep calling it an "original" sequel. Justified+1, imo.
It's too bad this Mana project died on its own without a cease and desist. It really was original.
This is not a new phenomenon on Square Enix's part. A number of years ago, they also shut down a group working on a 3D remake of Chrono Trigger called Chrono Resurrection. Frankly, I thought the move was justified because of a Youtube video of early footage, which included credits. Credits for such concepts as character designs and music from the original game that were not credited to the original Square & Enix staffers, save for a very general "Very Special Thanks" section at the end that was code for "Please don't sue the shit out of us."
" Why does Square even bother to shut this thing down? 99% (ok, more like 60%) of all fan-made projects fail anyways. "
Its not about property protection if it was then they would have cease and desisted as soon as it was announced but most of the time they wait till they can see weither or not the project is gonna make them look better then they pounce.
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