The Publisher Might Dip More Resources Into Game Development
It may come as no surprise that another fan remake of a popular property received a decease-and-desist message; it’s even less of a surprise that it came from the hands of Konami. The notorious publisher recently shut down a fan remake of PT utilizing Unreal Engine 4, and the creator—as one might imagine after loads of hard work—was not happy. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom.
“Like, I just got all the animations (which as many of you all know, were essentially the ‘final piece’ to making the game not just 100% playable but 100% gameplay accurate) 2 days ago,” creator Qimsar wrote on the Game Jolt. “I was expecting v0.9.5 to come out on Sunday and all I would have needed to make adjustments to from that point on would have been some minor lighting tweaks, the rain, the cockroaches, a few missing textures, etc.”
One thing you don’t often hear about, however, is an independent creator getting a job offer by the same company who dismantled their passion project. Well, it seems that was the case for Qimsar. The PT remake had to be taken down for legal reasons, but the company was still impressed by his work. Therefore, in a bittersweet moment, Konami offered him a job during the same call in which they told him to cancel his project. Moreover, the caller claimed that the company has renewed interest in creating “legitimate games again.” Qimsar wrote:
“He told me that my remake was popular (which from the way he spoke, it sounded like it was very popular) around the office and that because of my remake, Konami had a strong resurgence of a desire to make legitimate games again (as opposed to Pachinko machines, mobile games, sports games, (which, I guess they’re all ‘legitimate games’ but you get what I’m saying) etc.).”
Obviously, it’s a shame that the remake of PT has to get canned, but at least there’s a silver lining for its creator. But there may be a silver lining for fans as well. It may be that Konami looked at the remake’s popularity and decided to get the ball rolling on an official version. If not, we might see them do something with other beloved franchises. Time will tell.