Imagine a Pokemon game with an abundant amount of content. Going to a whole new region, Pokemon Prism was set to let you travel around the Naljo region, with new cities and environments to explore. Much like how the classic Gold and Silver games let you go back to Kanto, Prism was a rom-hack that would revisit the other game made by the same creator, going to Pokemon Brown‘s Rijon region.
Pokemon YouTubers were excited and eager to see the final product. Twitch Plays Pokemon even took a go at it a few months back. A trailer for the game is available below.
With a release date of Christmas 2016, everything seemed to be smooth sailing. Until last night. In a world where Pokemon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake get the axe, Nintendo’s legal team strikes again.
“I’m sorry everyone, but Pokemon Prism is cancelled. Thank you for your support,” Pokemon Prism developer Adam Vierra stated.
Adam worked on his Pokemon Prism project for eight years – he said one of his biggest regrets was making a trailer (released back in October, but now unavailable) for the game’s upcoming release, along with the thought that he should’ve finished it sooner. He figured some sort of legal intervention from Nintendo was inevitable, but he chose to continue his work anyway. “I please ask of you, please remain calm and don’t attack Nintendo,” he tweeted.
For proof of the situation, Adam posted the legal notice he was forwarded from the host of rijon.com. This is the first time we’ve actually seen one of these directly, so it’s worth taking a closer look at it.
Within the document, although names and addresses are censored – the writer makes themselves clear they’re working on the legal behalf of Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co. Ltd. The legal letter informs the folks at Pokemon Prism that Nintendo has the right to “take steps to prevent others from using” any of their properties, which in this case is Pokemon. They cite the website, Facebook page, and all three of their game projects (Brown, Prism, and Rijon) were made without authorization from Nintendo. Since the site was located in Australia, they cite the Trademarks Act of 1995, provisions in their Copyright Act, and the Competition and Consumer Act of 2010 as legal breaches that they could take if necessary. But they offer the Prism developer a way out; so long as he doesn’t work on or release any downloadable file of his Pokemon Prism game, removes downloads of Pokemon Brown and Pokemon Rijon Adventures, disables public access to his servers, and promises to never do anything legally infringing against Nintendo again, Adam will end up fine.