Fan Project Pokémon Prism Canceled Just Four Days Before Release Due to Cease & Desist from Nintendo

on December 21, 2016 2:12 PM

Following news late last month regarding Pokémon Uranium and Project Another Metroid 2 Remake‘s removal from the ballot at this year’s The Game Awards, fan project Pokémon Prism has been cancelled today.

Announcing the ROM hack’s fate via Twitter, the game’s creator accompanied his message with a notice from Nintendo’s Australian-based legal team, which cites Pokémon Prism as an “unauthorized use of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.”

Though the publisher states that it appreciates the dedication of its fan base, it argues that it also “expended substantial resources and effort in developing, maintaining and protecting the Pokémon franchise, as well as the goodwill it has achieved with the consuming public.”

Further, Nintendo explains that allowing Pokémon Prism to happen wouldn’t be fair to them, as it would “undercut the hard work and dedication of the highly creative people and innovative staff at Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, who have worked for over 2o years on the Pokémon franchise.”

Pokémon Prism had been in development for eight years and was slated to launch this Christmas alongside a Twitch stream. The creator’s previous works, Pokémon Brown and Pokémon Rijon Adventures, will be removed as well, as outlined by the document’s resolution on the matter.

Pokémon Prism featured a new region, an original story, customizable characters, and the ability to play as one of your Pokémon. It’s style was reminiscent of the Game Boy Color era of the franchise, which included Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal.

The creator of the game’s announcement can be found below:

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