Writer Nicalis is issuing DMCA takedown requests towards websites which provide the freeware model of the enduring indie Metroidvania, Cave Story, it has been claimed.
Twitter consumer Buttons Montgomery posted the next message (warning: unhealthy language) on November 24th, together with a screenshot displaying proof of a DMCA takedown discover:
So @nicalis has determined to begin DMCA’ing the freeware variations of Cave Story and fan made rebuilds of the freeware model that supported mods whereas additionally largely not even utilizing the unique supply code.
Keep in mind: F**okay Nicalis. Don’t help Nicalis. Don’t purchase Nicalis video games.
The tweet was noticed and reshared by famed indie developer Rami Ismail (he of Vlambeer fame, the studio behind Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, and Nuclear Throne), who then posted the following message:
Cave Story is among the most necessary video games each made and I’ll 100% advocate you don’t purchase it. Obtain the freeware unique, then purchase Kero Blaster to help the precise developer of the sport, as a substitute of those ugly shenanigans.
Created by Japanese developer Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, Cave Story was launched on PC in 2004 and rapidly grew to become well-known with followers of indie titles. Nicalis got here on board in 2010 to port the sport to WiiWare and DSiWare, and in addition produced the improved Cave Story 3D on 3DS in 2011. Cave Story+ – primarily based on an up to date model launched on Steam – was transformed to the Swap in 2017.
Regardless of the entire numerous retail variations out there, the unique pc model of Cave Story has remained a freeware product and might be freely distributed on-line, and a mod group has grown up across the sport. Based on the Cave Story Group Encyclopedia, Cave Story is licensed to Nicalis however is owned by Amaya; due to this fact, it will seem that Nicalis is overstepping the phrases of its licensing settlement by making an attempt to snub out freeware variations of the sport.
This is not the primary time that Nicalis has been accused of questionable behaviour. Final yr, a report by Kotaku alleged that the corporate was ghosting potential enterprise companions and Nicalis boss Tyrone Rodriguez was mentioned to have used slurs and mistreated his workers.
We have approached Nicalis for remark and can replace this story if and after we hear again.