Yet another fan-made project has been shut down by Nintendo. The company’s band of lawyers recently issued a takedown notice to Pokémon Prism and its creator Adam Vierra. The ROM hack-induced project was looking at a release soon. However, it will never see the light of day because of violating Nintendo’s legal terms.
Every source material of the project has been taken offline, including its trailer which was released in October. It was also when we came to know about the ambitious project which took the developer nearly eight years in the making.
Taking to social media, Vierra apologized to fans and thanked them for the support. He also accepted the blame for the situation. “I’m also responsible for this situation,” he wrote. “Trailer shouldn’t have been made & I shouldn’t have been such a perfectionist and finish it sooner.”
He also added that he will be doing “more research into the situation” which might indicate that we haven’t heard the last of Vierra and his plans to release a fan-made Pokémon game. Pokémon Prism may eventually return in another form. However, for now, the game is dead as far as Nintendo is concerned.
Prior to Pokémon Prism, it was Pokémon Uranium that saw the wrath of Nintendo’s lawyers. In contrast, that was a wholly original game released for free. Despite the developer asking no money for the game, Nintendo was quick to issue a barrage of notices to remove download links for the game. Pokémon Uranium is still available on the internet but the developers behind it have abandoned the project.
Uranium too took nine years in the making, making it for a brutal ending for the developers. Considering Nintendo’s take on fan-made projects, it’s bizarre that people still opt to spend time in challenging the company in a way. No amount of public support or sympathy is going to force Nintendo to think otherwise and allow for fan projects to be released.